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are new additions (see below), so there is always something new to
discover. I usually have at least one series of articles in progress
along with a selection of other bits and pieces.
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and kind words. Thanks also for all the feedback I have received. A
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Yes, believe it or not, it's 2015!
Another year, another fresh start. If you've yet to begin your
family history then why not make a resolution to get going this year?
It's never too early (or late!) to make a start. Give it a go and who
knows where the journey may lead!
LATEST ADDITIONS - January 2015
The second set of photos to complete the names
seen on the Bridge of Don war memorial in Aberdeen. See the results on
War Memorials page.
A few months back I was given details of a scandal
that enveloped Nellfield Cemetery in late Victorian times. I had been vaguely
aware of wrong-doing there didn't really know the story. Anyway my
thanks to Beth Robertson for getting in touch about this one. Since then
I've done a bit more research into the full extent of the story. The
scandal broke in the local papers on 23 May 1899 and ran for a number of
months. It is said that up to 300 graves were thought to have been
destroyed or interfered with in some way. The culprit was the grounds
superintendent who was basically selling the same lairs over and over by
removing or destroying previous occupants. We'll never know the full
extent of the damage but it does go some way to explaining why some find
little trace of their ancestors in this resting place. Along with
the physical damage was the tampering of written records which of course still has an
impact to this day. I've highlighted some extracts of the story from the
local paper and you'll find this abridged story in my
Odds & Ends 2 page. There are some
victims named, but be warned, this might be an uncomfortable read for
This month I have a lovely photo of King Street
School from 1959. My sincere thanks goes to Malcolm Watson for not only
supplying the photo, but furnishing all the names of those shown -
including himself - a fellow former pupil of that august institution. Be
sure to check this one out in my
school photos page.
Don't forget that the ANEFHS have produced two new MI books -
Fraserbugh Kirkton (Old Ground) and Logie Buchan with Newburgh Holyrood.
Each is £3 plus postage (UK postage is £1.17 for Fraserburgh and 73p for
Logie Buchan). As many of you know I'm a great fan of these books and I
think they're worth every penny. If you've not seen these before then I
should explain that within each book you will find a listing of every
stone, along with a full inscription, an index of every name found and a
map to help you locate each and every memorial. What more could you
want? You'll find the complete collection listed
here Many thanks
to Jean Shirer of the ANEFHS for the information and well done to all
those involved in producing these!
I hope 2015 is a lucky one for
you. Take care and join me again soon. Remember, there are updates every
month - so don't be a stranger!
© Colin A Milne