In a special Homecoming Scotland edition of Tracing Your Roots we examine why people with Scottish ancestry feel so passionate about tracing their roots. Sally Magnusson visits the International Genealogy Festival at Strathclyde University to investigate, with the help of Dr Bruce Durie.
Sally Magnusson’s Mull family
Sally’s great-great-grandmother, Christina McEachern, was admitted to Tobermory poorhouse in the 1860s after suspected eviction from the family croft on Mull. Legend has it that the McEachern’s sole cow swam home across the Sound of Mull from Calve Island after being taken from them. Sally tackles unanswered questions about her maternal family tree using Scotland’s online genealogical records.
Scottish Mormon pioneer
A trek of 1300 miles, pushing a handcart, with two children in tow, is a staggering journey by any standards. In 1857 Heather Bain’s ancestor, William Knox Aitken, made the pilgrimage from Edinburgh to Iowa and onwards to Salt Lake in Utah in the company of fellow Mormons. Heather describes the harrowing expedition with the help of letters home.
A Cree ancestor from Orkney
Kim Foden of Kirkwall was overjoyed when her ancestral research turned up a Cree connection. Magnus Twatt left Orkney for Canada in 1771 to work for the Hudson’s Bay Company. Whilst overseas he married a Cree woman and had two sons. Kim explains how she traced these family links and ultimately became an honorary member of a Saskatchewan Cree band.
Inspirational family history stories and key genealogy advice. Sally Magnusson and Nick Barratt…