The Laidlaws are an accepted sept of Clan Scott. The Australian Clan Scott Association went defunct, and the current one is not very active (their Secretary died in Feb 2021,) but I have been accepted for membership.
[NOTE: I must re-write this profile, but major depression hampers most of my activities.]
Douglas was born in 1943, now married almost 50 years, with 3 married daughters. Douglas is still living, if only just. Was a first baby, and a breech birth resulted in neurological deficiencies. As well, he inherited major depression from his Boykett ancestors, (descended from [Boykett-4].) At 75+, he is becoming confused and forgetful. If anything looks wrong, please speak up.
Born at the wrong end of time:
The magician Merlin said he was born at the wrong end of time, and was younger every year. My cousin Russell Benton died in 2016, aged 62. In 2020, my younger brother Andrew died, aged 74, and I, who was refused life insurance, am still very much alive today at 77.
John Bernie (living) is my wife's first cousin. Initially, genealogically speaking, his mother was my gateway to the world outside Australia. Now I have several closer relatives as links.
I seem to have added as many as possible from my own trees. Many were created by others, when the site's requirements were different. I need to revise as many trees as possible.
There are "Golden Rules" of genealogy. There are many sets available by a Web search. I still use the 10 Rules published every month in Australian Family Tree Connections (now defunct.)
The fundamental rule is: "Never accept another genealogist's work implicitly." Any genuine researcher will thank you for alternative info, with evidence to support it. Ancestry.com will give you the results with the largest "copy and paste" brigade, regardless of accuracy. familysearch.org has records, which are reliable, and family trees, which are contributed and not verified. The latter are no more reliable than trees found elsewhere. Euclid told the King of Syracuse that there is no "royal road" to geometry. The same is true of genealogy.
Another Rule is "Never believe everything in a BDM certificate." They are not certified as accurate. Some of the people mentioned were unable to write. Birth and death information is only the best belief of the informant. Even in a court of law, certificates are only "evidence," alongside other evidence.
To believe, either (a) that there is no country in the world besides the USA; or (b) that connections can be established within 100 degrees between all the people in the world, many of whom don't speak English, and many of whom have no or inadequate documentation; or even (c) that the population is not in a constant state of flux is no more than an American fantasy.
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Doug is 26 degrees from Michael Collins, 29 degrees from Judith Resnik, 31 degrees from Ellison Onizuka, 41 degrees from Michael Phillip Anderson, 30 degrees from Sally Ride, 31 degrees from Wubbo Johannes Ockels, 29 degrees from Neil Armstrong, 26 degrees from Virgil Grissom, 28 degrees from Christa McAuliffe, 27 degrees from Dick Scobee, 26 degrees from Edward White and 24 degrees from Frances Piercy-Reins on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.