Find My Past is free until 9pm tonight (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia time)
If you enjoy family history research, then now is a good time to jump onto Find My Past. They are holding a free weekend so you can sample what they offer. Find My Past is somewhat like Ancestry that most Australians know.
I logged on to Find My Past yesterday to look for the wedding certificate of Janet Row and Robert Sloan from the 1820's in Scotland. And a deluge happened. That marriage certificate led back via the Find My Past hints for another four generations over three family tree branches. I suddenly had ancestors in the late 1600s!
The Find My Past hint function is fabulous for finding information quickly. Don't make the mistake though, of thinking that's all you need to do, end of story, No. Due diligence is required to follow through with proof that the information you obtained so easily is absolutely correct.
So here's what I found on Find My Past, especially for Bob and Sandra. Boring to everyone else so fee free to skip over.
These are Janet Row's parents.
Robert Row b. 1762 married
Margaret Wands b. 1763
on 5 Sep 1790.
It looks like this Robert Row might have married his own cousin. Robert Row's parents were:
Robert Row b. 1730
and Elizabeth Wands b. 1721 They married 11 Nov 1752.
Margaret Wands' parents were:
William Wands and Euphan Berrie. No hints there.
OK so now back to Janet's grandfather Robert Row born in 1730.
His mother was Janet Carrick.
His father is listed both as Andrew Rue and Robert Row.
Janet Carrick's father was John Carrick.
OK now back to Elizabeth Wands b. 1721.
Her father was Archibald Wands b. 1683.
Her mother was Anne Fergusson. They married 10 Feb 1705.
Archibald Wands' father was John Wand (no 'S')
Anne Fergusson's parents were Donald Fergusson and Bettie Haward.
It all seems pretty right from the hints I chose but as I said, it needs to be proven meticulously. Bob and Sandra, I know you probably already have most if not all of that information. How does that sit with your research, does it agree? Let me know.
For our branch of the Armstrong clan in Queensland via Robert, these are also your ancestors. Now you can see where Robert's name came from. His grandmother Janet's father, grandfather, great grandfather and husband all had the name Robert.