Doug Laidlaw

Doug Laidlaw

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Doug J. Laidlaw
Born 1940s.
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Brother of [private brother (1940s - unknown)] and [private sister (1940s - unknown)]
Father of [private daughter (1970s - unknown)], [private daughter (1970s - unknown)] and [private daughter (1980s - unknown)]
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Profile last modified | Created 7 Jan 2014 | Last significant change: 17 Feb 2019
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Categories: Scottish Clans Project.

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.

John Bernie (living) is my wife's first cousin.

Research Notes

Plenty looks wrong. I believe that the concept of "one world family tree" won't work. It has been tried before. We have no hope of arriving at the source of the Y-chromosome pool, even, and that is only a couple of centuries. This time, at least, a comma in one profile that is missing in another, won't create an endless loop. But the exercise has revealed how often I have accepted information from other online trees that is just plain wrong. My tree needs to be sanitized from bottom to top. This will take time.

I qualified for pre-1700 by taking the test. Now this is no longer sufficient, so I shall not add any pre-1700 ancestor. These people have no idea of "the customer comes first." They don't differentiate between real live people and DNA readings. (DNA merely proves that one's parents are not who one thinks they are! Anybody who is too remotely related to leave a paper trail is of no interest to me. In Jerusalem, they have a DNA database of dog droppings! That is a reasonable use of science.) Most of my external connections are through my wife, who has no interest in genealogy; John Bernie is close enough. I am unlikely to waste any more of my time here. It is no wonder that so many leave. The owners (MyHeritage) claim that users leave because this site is "too difficult;" what they should be saying is, that more reliable results can be achieved elsewhere, in half the time. If there were a cost, everybody would leave.

I have minimal experience of XHTML (I was advised not to touch it,) and the markup on this site seems to be a mixture of XHTML and text.


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Every Australian has a story to tell.
Thomas Boykett, Congregationalist and political activist. Came to Adelaide South Australia in 1853 with 3 of his 4 sons and two unmarried sisters. They accompanied Jdge Benjamin BOOTHBY, but travelled separately. The name Boykett is (or was) represented in Australia and New Zealand by this family only, but it is a variant of Boycott. My own project is at [1].
My Laidlaw ancestors lived in Roxburgh, Scotland. They migrated to Melbourne, Australia in 1870.

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On 25 Dec 2018 at 12:59 GMT Mark Wilson wrote:

Hi Doug, I noticed you added Amy Thurlow (my great grandmother). Just wondering what relation she is to you if possible?


On 20 Sep 2018 at 06:12 GMT Kev Thompson wrote:

In case you missed it on Lyndsay-5, if you feel it should be Lindsay than Lindsay it is.


On 24 Jun 2018 at 14:23 GMT Natalie (Durbin) Trott wrote:

Doug, I'm talking about living persons and discussing them. The link I sent you explains that we don't discuss living persons in G2G. Historical discussions including our ancestors is fine.

On 25 May 2018 at 14:23 GMT Doug Laidlaw wrote:

To Ian Miller: Replies to your email address have bounced repeatedly. FamilySearch seems to have a Margaret McPhee who matches.

On 18 May 2018 at 10:44 GMT Doug Laidlaw wrote:

All the talk here is about "collaboration," but this wilderness of single instances is quite the opposite. For research, is still the only usable choice.

On 18 May 2018 at 09:59 GMT Doug Laidlaw wrote:

I qualified for pre-1700 by taking the test. Now this is no longer sufficient, so I shall not add any pre-1700 ancestors. Like my wife (who wanted to tell customers how to help her,) these people have no idea of "the customer comes first." [Maybe I am in the right company, after all!] The site has become a constantly moving target. It is no wonder that so many leave.

On 4 Feb 2018 at 13:21 GMT DK Clews wrote:

All my information on Nellie Melba comes from the podcast listed in the sources on her page (Mitchell-12528). Some additional information was provided by her wikipedia page.

Here is the podcast link, in case you were interested:

  • Wilson, Tracy V. and Holly Frey. "Dame Nellie Melba, Part 2." Stuff You Missed in History Class (Podcast). Jan 2016. HowStuffWorks (Web), 2016.

On 16 Jan 2018 at 22:42 GMT Debi (McGee) Hoag wrote:

Thanks for your note Good luck with getting your research in.

I would still recommend checking applicable project pages before adding new pre-1700 profiles, even if you're not ready to join a specific project. There are often helpful hints about sources to check and/or avoid, special naming patterns, etc.

I look forward to seeing you in the branches,


On 8 Jan 2018 at 04:12 GMT Debi (McGee) Hoag wrote:

Thanks for taking the Pre-1700 Quiz!

Because pre-1700 ancestors are shared by many descendants, working within the projects which coordinate them is essential. You can learn more about joining the community in How To #3 and in the Project FAQ.

Use the Pre-1700 Projects list to find one which best fits your research focus, whether time period, location, or special event. Read the goals and tasks of the project and join if it is a good fit.

Let me know if you have trouble finding projects which fit your focus. Click my name, then ask in the comment section of my page.

Debi ~ Pre-1700 Greeter

On 2 Jan 2018 at 04:31 GMT Guy Constantineau wrote:


Wish you a Happy New Year. May 2018 bring you all you need to be happy.

Congratulation for adding your contributions in December. Whatever the quantity of your contributions, they all count. As we always say "Quality is better than quantity" to make a great family tree.

Thank you for being a Wikitreer,

Guy Constantineau - Wikitree leader

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Queen Victoria Doug is 29 degrees from Kay Sands, 26 degrees from Grant Wood and 16 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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