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Scottish Local History 11 Dec 2011 03:14 #168

  • Ian Scott
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I have been involved in a few conversations on WAGSNet today that has inspired me to post this last message onto this Forum.

"I also have developed a great interest in Scottish local history (and English & Irish to a lesser degree) as a direct result of my family research. It has really made me aware of the "reasons why"!

Most of my recent book purchases have been directly related to the local history side of my family research. I have even signed up as a member of the Scottish Local History Forum, and that has provided me with very interesting back copies and current copies of their magazine. The magazine is filled with well researched and written articles (1 to 4 pages) across all of Scotland. Very enjoyable and enlightening."

Many of us concentrate on the BMD side of our families, but now the real interest to me is the local and National background.

Why did so many of my ancestral family finish their lives in the Poor House? I know a few of the reasons, and am working on some more.

What do others on this Forum think?

Ian Scott
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Scottish Local History 11 Dec 2011 04:28 #169

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One of the major influences in my starting on the slippery slope of family history and genealogical research (note the order), was an interest in history developed through schooling, and discussions (too few) with some of the older generations. Family History research could not be undertaken until latter years, as life gets in the way and there was too little time or money for dedicated research (some things don't change).

For me, genealogy is a secondary outcome of the (family) history. By this I mean that my primary interest is in the social, economic, political, and historical circumstances, or context in which the families found themselves. Added to this is the timing, religious and military influences. It makes fascinating reading to discover the reasons behind why our Scottish ancestors ended up in Ireland in the 1700's, and why they migrated to Australia in the 1800's, and the adverse conditions that they endured once here. Some of these influences include: Cromwell, rent racking, plantations, enclosures, religious persecution, famine, wars, bush fire, flood, drought.

They were comprised of various religions, including Presbyterians, Church of England and Catholic, some were Orphans, Convicts, Free and Bound. Any of them could have just as easily ended up in the USA, Canada, or the Bahamas (as some of their siblings did) but for a quirk of fate, or perhaps good decision making, they came to Australia.

The WHO in our Genealogy is a fascinating means to garner a greater understanding of the What, Why, When, Where and How of our Family History.

You never know what you will find when looking into the depths, call it the Never Ending Story... the chase is the means, or is it the end? I cannae tell any more...

Cheers - Chris Loudon
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Scottish Local History 28 Jan 2012 23:13 #228

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Another interesting WAGS Tale has gone up today. It is a transcript of two Kirk Sessions wherein the Elders were investigating "Drinking and Rioting on the Sabbath".

At our Scottish SIG meetings we often refer to the great gems hidden in Kirk minutes. I think this is one of those. My ancestor James Scott was one of the principal 'players', and this has put some real meat on the bones of his life story.

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