Smyllum Park Orphanage

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Smyllum Park Orphanage Opened in 1864 and in operation until 1981, the Smyllum Park Orphanage in Lanark was a place of last resort for Scotland’s working-class poor.  Children were often placed there if the family fell on hard times, or split apart due to unfortunate circumstances. In similar fashion, forty-two…

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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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Relationship Estimates


Every story has a beginning and every journey has a first step. But right before that there is a pivotal moment. Breath is exhaled and destinies defined. That moment of breath is part of my story. It is also part of my journey into knowing from whence I came. It…

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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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