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Black sheep

So, I haven’t really wanted to mention this. It’s unfortunate and a little embarrassing. But lately there have been some news articles drawing attention to the topic so I might as well face facts. You know that wonderful little island in Scotland that I … Continue reading

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Tookish

“Then something Tookish woke up inside him, and he wished to go and see the great mountains, and hear the pine-trees and the waterfalls, and explore the caves, and wear a sword instead of a walking-stick.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit. I’ve … Continue reading

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My man Murdo

I have written before about my ongoing investigations into the roots of the MacIver family tree. But despite many research hours spent in Lewis and Harris’s libraries, cemeteries, and family history center, I’d come away from previous visits unable to “cross the water,” as American genealogists put … Continue reading

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Lest we forget

Virtually every village in Britain, no matter how small, has a World War I memorial monument in the town center which once a year on Remembrance Day is decorated with wreaths of red poppies. In the UK you can can … Continue reading

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DNA

This post is somewhat afield of my usual themes, though if you’re a regular reader you’ve probably caught on that genealogy is one of my hobbies. This summer I decided to pony up $100 to get my DNA analyzed. There are a couple of … Continue reading

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South Harris

Yesterday we left Stornoway and headed down to the Isle of Harris, which is actually the other end of the Isle of Lewis. Andreas and Kosta got off the bus in the main port town, Tarbert, to find a B&B … Continue reading

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Stornoway man

Where are you, Murdo? One of the things that keeps drawing me back to Lewis is the family connection. This is my third trip here. Each time I come armed with a little more information, but it’s never quite enough … Continue reading

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