Grandson of the Coppersmith


Welcome to the family Today I had an email from Robert Alexander “Sandy” Sinclair. He is my second cousin once removed. Our shared ancestors are Robert Sinclair and Janet Sinclair, who married 3 October 1888 in Dunoon, Scotland. Generally speaking, it is a small club of descendants. Of the couple’s four…

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Using Census Records to Calculate Birth Range


I started on the trail of Mae Beattie’s birth record today. I want to prove my research question. Who were the parents of Mary (Mae) Cameron Beattie, who married Thomas Laidlaw on 3rd November 1922 in Glasgow? The initial records kicking off this research are still on my desk. At a…

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Meeting the GPS and the Power of Threes


My sister and nephew were recently visiting from Oxford. Not the one in Granville County, North Carolina. THE Oxford, as in England. When they visit we try to always do something new and outside our comfort level. Last year we zip-lined. Yes, even me with my fear of heights. That…

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Poem – Argyll


  Argyll Anonymous   Why blame you, Argyll, for its rain or its mist, When the “Goddess of Beauty” each acre has kissed. Why frown, when its pathways are not of the best? When all else around your heart be at rest, Where else – may I ask – is there…

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Genealogy Blog-‘Ceud Mìle Fàilte`

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Welcome! You have found your way to “Talking Stones and Genealogical Ramblings,” the blog of Beneath the Cairn. Here you will find a little bit of this and a little bit of that. From genealogy technique tips to sharing results of family research. This is a place of honest sharing without…

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