Author Archives: vivdunstan

About vivdunstan

Academic historian, genealogist, former computer scientist, and Doctor Who fan.

A mystery Cavers girl from Selkirk

Originally posted on Cavers One-Name Study Blog:
While browsing through the Scottish birth, marriage and death certificates again I looked at the 1861 marriage of “Isabella Scott or Cavers”, a 21-year old mender in a wool hosiery factory, living at…

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Report of an ancestor’s estate garden in 1877 Cumbria

A while ago I found that my gg-grandfather Andrew Kerr had been visited and interviewed about the estate garden he kept at Netherby, just across the border in Cumbria. This was just a few months before he died of tuberculosis, … Continue reading

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1823 inventory of possessions (farming and household) of Robert Ormiston tenant farmer of Drinkstone near Hawick

Recently I discovered that my distant aunt Helen Hall (1792-1858) had been married to Robert Ormiston tenant farmer of Drinkstone north of Hawick. Robert Ormiston died relatively young, in March 1823, just four years after his marriage, leaving his widow … Continue reading

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Analysing 18th century Scottish shop tax records

Originally posted on Viv's Academic Blog:
I’ve various academic history research projects on the go, and one of these, still in the early stages, is to look at 18th century Scottish shop tax records. My taught postgraduate Masters degree…

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Family history goals for 2018

Looking ahead to the New Year I thought I’d jot down things that I’d like to tackle in this area in the next 12 months. Researching all of my ancestral branches as I do, I have masses of stories that … Continue reading

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Autosomal DNA tests verifying conventional paper-based genealogical research

Some months ago I blogged about a major DNA breakthrough, confirming that I’d traced my Irish great granny properly. DNA testing was needed to be sure of the line, because we lack certain conventional key paperwork, and so it was … Continue reading

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Huge DNA breakthrough with Irish part of family tree

I’ve blogged before about the enormous difficulties I had tracing my Irish great granny. She died young, in childbirth, and all her family history died with her at her new home in Leeds, Yorkshire. We could never find a marriage certificate … Continue reading

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