Sunday, February 26, 2017

Frasers Of Fife: And Then There Were Three!

It happened!!

Last week!

A third tree has surfaced!

As you may recall, I originally believed I was in possession of a unique document, an original one-of-a-kind Family Tree for the Duncan Fraser ~ Isobel Burness union.

Then, my research illuminated the truth that there were at least two others out there - one I found mention of on an old (1999) chat log on RootsWeb - emails to the author, Polly Hamilton, have still to this day gone unanswered. I suspect she resided in the US, where however, I am not sure - I hope as I work my way through the entire tree I will discover where she fits in.

But I digress.

The other tree I discovered documented on Ancestry. What an exciting day that was! The owner of that tree, a Fraser, resides with his tree in England. We correspond frequently and are now collaborating to bring the Tree into the 21st century.

Then it happened - that 'cousin bait' everyone talks about - I got a bite!  I was contacted through this blog by a man in Scotland who has a tree that was his mother's. The exact same tree!

He sent a photo:

Yup. Same tree.

It appears to be in excellent condition. Perhaps one reason is that it did not travel across the ocean and live rolled up behind a furnace for who knows how many years ....

Here are the other two - mine on the left, clearly more distressed, the England tree on the right.

This new 'cousin' has his origins just off the trunk on the lower right branch. He springs from the original Duncan/Isobel children. I fork off about half way up - also on the right - a sprout of a child of Duncan and Isobel. Our other 'cousin' is all the way at the top of the tree - the offspring of a second generation descendant of Duncan and Isobel. Quite the variety! 

And there are lots and lots of branches on that tree. The mind boggles imagining just how many trees could potentially be out there. 

In basements.

In attics.

In landfills (oh my, I hope not!)

In curiosity shops.

On eBay?

I'll keep plugging along, documenting the work John Fraser did in 1880 - I have what John did not, I have the help of the amazing newfangled invention, the internet! He, on the other hand, had the advantage of being 137 years closer to the origins of the family. 

One thing that bemuses us all .... what's up with the blue/green coloring on selected branches? One theory, those are the families that received a Tree. That remains to be seen, but it's a curious mystery for sure.

The work continues.

Lets hope we can catch a few more 'cousins' with this bait ......

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Book Of The Week: History of the Town of Northfield, MA

A History of the Town of Northfield, Massachusetts: For 150 Years, with an Account of the Prior Occupation of the Territory by the Squakheags : and with Family Genealogies

Josiah Howard Temple, George Sheldon
J. Munsell, 1875 - Epitaphs - 636 pages

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Photo Friday :: Mrs Parsons

This series was birthed from the large old photo album I rediscovered in the back of my closet. Many of the photos are from my grandmother's side of the family. There are also unknown photos that came with the album. Story goes my dad, an avid garage saler, picked up a celluloid covered Victorian era photo album on one of his scavenges. It already contained photos of an (as yet) unidentified family. My parents put our own vintage family photos in the album alongside the mystery family's.  As children we marveled at the old fashioned clothing and settings, often wondering who these people were and what their lives were like. Of course, we thought that ALL the people in the photos were our relations! It wasn't until my mom passed the album on to me after my dad died that I learned of the mystery family residing alongside our own!

I plan to share these photos over time, sometimes they will be my family, and identifiable, others will be of the mystery family. Thanks to the world wide web, they may find their way home yet!


Do you know me?
Mrs Parsons
"friend of Mr & Mrs E. W. Twining"

Mr and Mrs E. W. Twining lived in Corning, IA
~the back of the photo is marked Williams & Thomson, Kansas City~

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Video Of TheWeek: Starting Out with the 1939 Register

We watch a lot of videos in the Cave. Webinars, instructional videos, continuing education videos, you name it! If it helps with our genealogical pursuit we are all over it!

Each week we thought we'd share one we've enjoyed.

Hope you enjoy it too!

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Frasers Of Fife: Generation Four | Agnes Bane Fraser and James Porteous Scott

the 1880 John Fraser Family Tree
35. Agnes Bane Fraser (Duncan - 10, William - 3, Duncan - 1) born September 14th 1838

married November 7th 1867

James Porteous Scott birth unrecorded

children of this union:

i. George Scott b. August 10th 1868

ii. Alyson Grieve Forsyth Scott b. January 31st 1870

iii. Duncan Fraser Scott b. December 15th 1871

iv. Walter Scott b. April 29th 1877

note: Generation Four was (mostly) still living when the Original Tree was created.

~ all information provided here has been taken directly from the John Fraser family tree compiled in 1880 and as such is the only source for these writings - the objective being to record his work for further study and documentation ~ 

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©1880 John Fraser - Scotland

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