The Laidlaws are an accepted sept of Clan Scott. The Australian Clan Scott Association went defunct, and the current one is not very active, but I have been accepted for membership.
Douglas was born in 1943. 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.
All I ever wanted to be, is an ordinary, unmarried man, like Henry Higgins. But like him, I was told that I had no input into deciding. Either gender is sufficient without the other, as the BBC experiment proved, but women need a man to destroy.
John Bernie (living) is my wife's first cousin.
I seem to have added as many as possible from my own trees. I will clean up my outstanding GEDCOMS, then leave my data here for others to mess up. 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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