Heather Amy Douglas

Heather Douglas

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Heather A. Douglas aka Barford
Born 1930s.
Daughter of DNA confirmed and [private mother (1910s - unknown)] DNA confirmed
Sister of [private sister (unknown - unknown)] [half], [half] and [private brother (1950s - unknown)] [half]
[children unknown]
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My grandmother Helen Brodie decided to to start doing family tree research in 1956 she had a list of family buried in the cemetery at Forfar sent to her by the Sexton and the book of memories my grandfather George Kenmer Douglas had given him in 1897 by his aunt when he came on a visit to New Zealand to work for his uncle and visit his sister this contained information of his families, birth ,christenings and marriages in the Cumberland area of England, America and New Zealand. Unfortunately she died before she could add additional information to the certificates she had collected for her siblings so they could collect their pensions at the time she did this I had accompanied her on a trip around all the areas in England and Scotland where she had lived as a child and visited with her husband later. I had been brought up on a diet of family memories and adventures and as I was the oldest cousin it fell to me by default to put it all together. I used this to base my family tree on along with the help of relatives and information given me by my mothers sister Pattie Dalefield and the family I met on returning from Australia in 1979. Along with the inclusion of my husband Gary Barford's research started in 1986 he created our Family Tree program and information was pretty Basic but based essentially by family information we had received while traveling around Australia in 1969 and cheekily telephoning would be relatives or people with the right names in each place we lived. In 2002 I combined our information as he had decided to embark on an additional step of education and the cost of certificates had become too expensive on one income. However through looking at library resources and the kindness of others my research continued along with relatives unhappy with my digging below the surface, promises not to publish and astonishment that even the information in encyclopedias is not always correct as they rely on the person interviewed to be truthful. Murder associations and promises not to publish sensitive information something I have endeavored to record for myself but by omission not publish. Unlike my grandmother who use to say tell the truth and shame the devil I have discovered that sometimes it is better to say nothing than shatter someones illusions as we all want to think our ancestors were special in the nicest way. Also some of those tall tales we have heard about the family always contain a grain of truth not the story you first heard as that has grown like Chinese Whispers as it is told many times. All of our ancestors were special as without them we would not be here. So we went from scraps of paper to note books to diary, tape to stringy to 8 1/2 disk to floppy disk to CD to disaster after disaster Daphne Knowles gave me a beautiful diary when we set off around Australia. I lost that in a Cyclone, hard drives that keep blowing up technology that becomes obsolete and silly mistakes you make yourself. The people I most admire the Vass relation of my husband who was treated so badly because he freed his slaves before it was the law and then was ostracized and died in jail on a trumped up charge and despite the fact he left his estate to his freed slave and his wife neither could collect or live together because of the meanness of relations and neighbors. The wives that carried on and brought up their children despite being widowed or deserted. The younger sons who despite not inheriting managed through hard work and ingenuity to provide a home and future for their children. The grandparents relatives and friends that took in orphaned children and elderly relatives as part of the family when they didn't have to they say charity begins at home and they certainly proved that this was true.

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Australia England Somerset Devon
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Mainly Warwickshire a few strays elsewhere
Australia England Ireland
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On 1 Jan 2017 at 08:18 GMT Tony Hadfield wrote:

Thanks Heather. I will add the missing links back to John Richardson who lived at the Browe in the Parish of Ruthwell, and who dies in 1666. I don't know his birth date.

On 14 Aug 2016 at 12:32 GMT Brett Rutherford wrote:

All of my Brackenbury's came from England to Canada...so far at least no New Zealand connection.

On 28 Apr 2016 at 19:15 GMT Lynn (Nixon) Watson-Edwards wrote:

Thanks my name is my former married name Watson which my 10 kids have as their last name and Edwards which is my second husband's last name. My maiden name is actually Nixon. I am hoping to use this site to research my side and my husband's side. It seems useful but so far has not been much help.

On 11 Jun 2015 at 09:42 GMT Sarah (Euren) Jordan wrote:

Thank you for the badge! If your brother has got tested at Ancestry it is especially important to get him to upload his data to Gedmatch. It is a free site and he can compare his DNA to matches from people who have tested at other companies. Ancestry does not give you a chromosome browser so that you can look at look at which chromosomes you match your DNA relatives on, and thus group them into triangulated groups.

Best wishes Sarah

On 5 Jun 2015 at 17:28 GMT Sarah (Euren) Jordan wrote:

Yes, I think you have summed it up pretty well! However I would encourage you to get DNA tested soon any way, as you never know who is going to turn up as a match! Especially important if you have elderly relatives who would be willing to test now who might not be available later. The closer you can get up the tree to test the more likely you are to pick up a match.

Best wishes Sarah

On 2 Jun 2015 at 13:06 GMT Sarah (Euren) Jordan wrote:

Hi Heather

I only know where my Brodies came from by good old paper trail work. An autosomal DNA test might connect you to other Brodies from your family and in that case they might know their ancestral area from their research. The more people who test and put their results on Wikitree the more likely we are to find cousins confirmed by their DNA match. Good luck! Sarah

On 6 Jun 2014 at 08:36 GMT Billy Wallace wrote:

Hi Heather,

If you've been usng the following sites, please note that the digitization of all GRO records on these sites is not complete and is worth rechecking from time to time.

http://www.freebmd.org.uk/ http://www.freecen.org.uk/ http://www.freereg.org.uk/

All the best Billy

On 24 May 2014 at 16:07 GMT Eowyn Langholf wrote:

Hi !

Welcome to WikiTree :) I hope you have a wonderful experience here on our site. We're great for making “cousin” connections! Happy researching!

Eowyn ~ WikiTree Team

P.S. If you have a minute, maybe you'll pop into our G2G Forum and post a little introduction about yourself! We love getting to know our members better and it's a great place to find like-minded researchers and potential family! Just follow the link, click “Ask A Question” and you're good to go! P.P.S. We also have a great blog and we've very active on social media if you want to join in the fun! :)

On 21 May 2014 at 04:55 GMT Debby (Barton) Black wrote:

Welcome to our community, Heather. Yes, those coincidences keep popping up, often in very unexpected places.

Our Honor Code, G2G forum, help pages, search features, and many other useful links can be accessed from the menus on the upper right corner of most pages.

Our G2G forum has a social gathering spot called the Tree House if you'd like to get better acquainted with some of our members.

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On 21 May 2014 at 04:45 GMT Heather Douglas wrote:

The meanings of words and names have always fascinated me also the coincidences that keep popping up.One never knows till you meet and talk to others what connection you might have. Also the fact that without each and every one of our ancestors we wouldn't exist now how scary is that?

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