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DNA... the waiting is almost over

It's that time... the waiting time... waiting for the DNA test to process...Anticipation.... I've been researching my family tree for over 30 years. There are brick walls at the end of a lot of my lines that are just waiting to be knocked down.  Is Hector Mathieson who dies in 1865 in New Zealand the Hector McDonald Mathieson baptised in 1830 in Lanark, the son of Neil Mathieson and Janet McDonald? His children's names would suggest it is so (Neil Downey, Mary McDonald, William, Janet, Hector McDonald), but I haven't found a document that confirms this link.   His wife Jane Richardson is even more of a mystery. Her first appearance is in 1856 when she marries Hector, but no...

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Preserving the Present for the Future - The Kitchen

Several years ago there was a challenge on the Digital Scrapbook Place (DSP) website to Preserve the Present for the Future. DSP may now be gone, but the sentiment of that challenge lives on. As a family historian I look to find out things about my ancestors, but what about your descendants, what are you leaving for them? I'd love to find things about the everyday life of my ancestors but these aren't often reported in newspapers or written down so here's your chance to fix that for your family. Every now and then on this blog (and on Facebook and Pinterest), you'll find prompts to help you Preserve Your Present for Your Future. To start... the heart of the...

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