Using The Argyle Patent Documents to Identify the Parents of Catherine McArthur (ca. 1721—after June 1797) and her brother Duncan McArthur (ca. 1727—1 February 1813)

Case Study: The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) defines a case study as “an intelligent, honest illustration of how the writer used a technique to bring about the described result.” Case Studies and Proof Arguments have a different tone than telling a story. The idea of a case study is to focus on the …

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Ghosts and Oaths, Exhumations and Lore

“Inverawe! Inverawe! blood has been shed. Shield not the murderer!" The ghost of Donald Campbell about 1750. Location: Inverawe Estate East of Taynuilt , Argyle, Scotland Note: Lairds were often called by the name of the estate they owned. Inverawe house photographed in 1910.1 The laird of Inverawe in 1750 was Duncan Campbell. He had …

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Pedigree Collapse and DNA, Friend or Foe? Is the match on the Gilchrist/Gilchrest line, the other Gilchrist line, the Gillies line or the McIlepheder/McNeil line?

We all have pedigree collapse in our trees. You may not have found it in yours but you will. Pedigree collapse is when two of your ancestors descend from the same ancestor or ancestral couple. Sometimes called “cousins marrying cousins” pedigree collapse is not the same as endogamy. Endogamy is when cousins are marrying cousins …

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