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Love the thistle . The thistle has been the national emblem of Scotland since the reign of Alexander III (1249–1286) It was used on silver coins issued by James III in 1470. It is the symbol of the Order of the Thistle, a high chivalric order of Scotland.
Saturday, 17 September 2016
Beginning to record a family tree nine years ago seemed daunting. Knew needed to start getting it written down but where to start? Yes several cousins had compiled family trees over the last forty years - some pre computer days - with careful lists and BDMs ( births, deaths, marriages) all recorded on various genealogy charts or pedigree charts.
Experienced genealogists kept giving advice -
" Even though have a tree, still check the facts are accurate" Start recording from yourself and work your way backwards to parents, to grandparents, to great grand- parents and to great great grandparents - a good foundation to build on.
" Get yourself a good basic chart to start with. Join a local genealogy group, Genealogy or family history group - great place to get help and help others.
" Read, Read, Read - goodness I found the Scottish National Library abounds with family history books, lists and family trees. ( A book written by James Macfarlane on the history of the Macfarlane family. The Scottish Post Office Directories. The Farm Horse Tax in Scotland 1798. Maps - even found a map of Croft house Perth where great grandfather lived not long before emigrating to New Zealand,) All great information if looking for Scottish ancestors.
Loved those early maps found of Glasgow, Perth and Edinburgh - with buildings and houses drawn in. Even found a map of the Clyde River with ships plying up and down the river.
Found in those early days of starting a family tree, there were some handy charts about - four generation, five generation, etc. These provided me with a good foundation base and proved useful if discussing family trees with other family members, archives and libraries. Some are available for a charge or part of a genealogy software package and some are free. Being a tactile learner and relating to pictures or photos quite liked some of the templates available on Family Tree Templates.net . On this website have a choice - can download and print for free 100 family tree templates Or, download customizable versions for a small charge.
Recently completing a DNA test, found that my basic family tree chart of five generations - developed in those beginning years proved useful on this occasion - was ready to use. Was also useful at a family reunion seven years ago.