This blog will serve as a shared resource for those who are interested in gravestone photography, genealogy and family history. Most of the photographs will be of my ancestors or of cemeteries I am photographing, transcribing and researching.
[Charter member of The Association of Graveyard Rabbits.]
"Pigs may whistle, but thay hae an ill mouth for't" (Said when somebody is trying to perform a task for which they are incompetent.)Scottish Proverbs by Colin Walker (p. 78)
On June 6, 2006, I decided the best way to share the gravestones I was photographing was to start a blog. I already had another Blog called Beyond the Horizon. But, even not being new to blogging, I didn't envision that six years later, I would still be doing it or that I was capable of writing 1, 466 posts. Was I a competent enough writer to make this topic interesting and informative?
I think the hardest tasks this year involve trying to find out more about my Scots. It started in January when my BROADFOOT family had a relative who lived in Scotland who could take gravestone photos for us.
Then, I suddenly found my living AIKEN family working on obits and photos. After a long time, I found my Aiken grandmother's birth record. Hubs has Scots too and I have made progress on his based on what I learned about mine. It's been a good year.
This weekend, I decided to try to use Google Maps to find the locations of houses in Aberdeen. Here's the first one I found at 27 Gladstone Place in Woodside, Aberdeen. David AIKEN and his children returned here from Rhode Island. His daughter, my grandmother, took a job as a housemaid in a huge manor house while they lived here.
All of the houses look like his, all are GRANITE, up and down the street! Well, no wonder all of my family were granite dressers! The one with the yellow door is where my ancestors lived.
Feeling confident, I went looking for 50 Hadden St. only to be disappointed that the house no longer stood. But, as I whirled around, I discovered that the shop where the house would have been near has a reference to GRANITE! They sell skateboards and surfboards. (Surf, skate and snow!) It is a nice little plaza. I'd like to sit down on one of the chairs and just look around.
It is said that there are no coincidences in genealogy but I definitely think that this is a sign that I should keep working on this!