Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Week Two - Making Connections

Monday was open so that those wishing to could travel to the area where their ancestors lived to experience the sights, sounds, smells and landscape for themselves. One participant traveled to Paisley. Although not terribly fulfilling in terms of finding living relatives, she was able to gain a better sense of the area and times her ancestors lived in. She found the people at the Paisley Library extremely helpful.

Another participant traveled to Dumfriesshire with the aide of Ian Walker at Borders Journeys. Ian was able to personalize the tour and help her find locations she was aware of through reading documents.
I headed to Motherwell to the Lanarkshire Family History Society. They have helped to steer me in the right direction for future research. 
Then I was able to meet up with a couple of cousins who were wonderful enough to bring old family photos to share! Over a meal, we scanned photos and shared memories. We were also able to catch up on other family members.
All too soon, it was time to catch the train back to Edinburgh.

The evening was spent with my favourite uncle who loved seeing the photos I had been able to scan today. With his help, we were able to identify some of the mystery photos.

It was so good to connect with family and as an added bonus, my uncle agreed to share his DNA!


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