Help needed from a NEHGS subscriber to source the grandmother of a Canadian Prime Minister

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Greg made again a quest to add the greatgrandparents, this time for Canadian Prime Ministers. Now I need your help, because I have problems to find the parents of his grandmother. According to the Find A Grave entry she was born in 1833 at sea, during the travel of Scotland to Canada. I found an index entry at MyHeritage. It is obviously taken from the book "Register of Emigrants from the Western Isles of Scotland 1750-1900, Volume 1 Isle of Harris. Northton, Isle of Harris, Scotland: Bill Lawson Publications, 1992. 87p." 

I had a look at Worldcat, and this book is also available in the NEGHS. I don't have a subscription there and I don't know if it's simply in the library or digitally searchable. If someone could look for Flora and add her parents, then all four pairs of greatgrandparents of Diefenbaker would be completed. The quest would be very thankful, and I as well.

WikiTree profile: Flora Campbell
asked in Genealogy Help by Jelena Eckstädt G2G6 Pilot (130k points)
edited by Karen Tobo
Did you mean to black out the title like that?
I copied it from the MyHeritage source citation.
I changed the text background for you.

2 Answers

+3 votes

NEHGS has three volumes in print only (first floor, international collection).

Note that they do make copies for a small fee, even for non-members.

Call number is:  CS477.W48 L39 1992

answered by Doug McCallum G2G6 Pilot (269k points)
Ok, so someone who is in or near Boston has to check the source. Which takes me out of THAT game.
If I lived near there I would go in and check for you but Colorado is a bit far. Nothing close to me that I could see in WorldCat (Salt Lake is the next closes but that is either a trip by air or a 7 1/2 hour drive (in good weather).

I got to visit the NEHGS Library on Newbury Street last December, and I was in heaven.  If you're addicted to genealogy, and especially the American kind, then you'll love everything about that place.  Definitely worth a visit!

My bucket list now has the FHL at Salt Lake City.  Question for those in the know: is that also a magical experience?  Is it off-putting for a non-Mormon?  (In context, I have not been put-off by my visit to my local Family History Center).

The FHL in Salt Lake is another great experience. It is definitely not off-putting for non-Mormons. Inside the Library they never proselytize although will talk to you if you initiate that type of conversation. The missionaries are serious about genealogy and some are very knowledgable. We try to go once a year (a flight to SLC form Denver is quite reasonable -- better than trying to drive in December).
Doug, thanks for your description
+2 votes
It's on the shelf at the FHL here in Salt Lake City, I'll try to get there this week.
answered by Karen Tobo G2G6 Pilot (112k points)

I grabbed a few page captures of the Campbell families in volume 1, but didn't find a likely one for an 1833 birth en route to Ontario. What did the MyHeritage citation say?

There's a MyHeritage tree that has Flora as daughter of "William Campbell and Isabella Campbell (born Mason)Isabella was born in 1765." But there's no William Campbell in volume 1 of the Lawson book.

If those parents are right this could be their marriage, but Elgin is nowhere near the Western Isles. I like this because there are two children of William and Isabella living in Hastings, Ontario, and they are both born just before 1833 and both born in Scotland.

"Scotland Marriages, 1561-1910," database, FamilySearch( : 10 February 2018), William Campbell and Isobel Masson, 01 Dec 1827; citing Elgin, Moray, Scotland, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 990,801.

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