One of my hobbies is family history.
That shouldn’t really be a surprise to anyone who knows me.
I am an Arts graduate with a background in ancient history and archaeology, so it is almost a completely natural progression that I should want to know my own personal history.
On top of that obvious predilection is the fact that I am also a first generation immigrant (or emigrant, depending on your point of view). So there is a degree of connecting with the homeland
I have been plodding away at this task for more than half my life now. (I started young! Honest.)
In the last few years the tyranny of distance has been eased somewhat by the canny Scottish GRO progressively putting all their records online and therefore accessible to us exiles. (For a price…I did say they were canny!)
But even as a charging service I could not possibly have covered as much ground had I spent two full weeks working my way through the records directly.
And now with oil prices joining the airlines above those fluffy white clouds, I am not holding out much likelihood of a nostalgic visit in the near future.
Here are some surnames for you to look through:
- Beattie (also Betty)
Fawcett (also see Foset or Fossaid)
Goodale (also Goodall)
Greig (also Greggan)
Smith (who doesn’t have one of these in their family ;-))
Waddell (see also Waddle)