Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 21, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
12-THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD May 1874 Ancestor hunt symptom of strained life By PETER TONGE Christian Science Monitor Scotland Nearly every day North and Australians not to mention Scotsmen arrive at 20 York Place here to climb four flights of stairs to the unprepossessing office suite of the Scots Ancestry Research Society They come from everywhere English is spoken as well as some other countries with one thing in common the quest for Scottish ancestors This sort of curiosity isn't confined merely to the Scots If the the Stewarts and the Camerons are all seeking their are the the and the Clancys and the the and the Johnsons for that matter Interest in the origin of one's forebears is at an all- time high The membership of England Genealogical Society has trebled in the last 17 years to persons. The Scots Ancestry Research Society which will do all the research work for currently has a year long waiting list Eager The New England Historic Genealogical perhaps the oldest of its confirms the trend keen to establish links with their European are just as eager to discover their connection with the Mayflower An American woman on a recent tour of Ireland claimed to be the only one in her party not looking for some trace of an ancestor was looking for a she said by way of being different The seldom have an easy time of it In 1922 rebels set fire to four courts in Dublin where the nation's records of births and deaths were concentrated. A vast forest of family trees presumably went up in smoke The Scots' society was founded in 1945 after scores of American GIs were discovered poring over old records for clues of distant ancestors Within a month or so of its opening the society had better than a thousand inquiries on its which is understandable in a way for every Scotsman living in the land of the within a generation or two of a direct link with live abroad Gen Douglas MacArthur was one The Second World War hero of the Pacific was a grandson of a Glaswegian Others whose ancestry the society has researched include President Woodrow Sir Robert Menzies of former Canadian Prime Minister John G and Norwegian and adventurer Thor Heyerdahl. Nineteenth century composer Edward Greig was yet another to be researched Curiosity But why all the desire to find out about one's Natural curiosity is a major but genealogical societies detect an upswing in inquiries during periods of crises. In today's hectic world people apparently find relief in looking into the more restful period of an says Anthony Camp of the London based Society of Genealogy The questions that pour into the Scots Society are as varied as the persons asking them Would he eat haggis often' Was he a fisherman as well as a and er. ah was he by any chance a sheep An Australian found that his convicted in court for stealing a few odds and ends belonging to a roving had begged to be deported any of His Majesty's dominions so that I may start life anew There are many such cases in the society's records one of a pioneer builder of Western deported there for stealing a bale of wool The English Society of whose attempt to trace former President Lyndon B Johnson's British origins foundered in a plethora of Johnsonian detects the same pattern everywhere three generations when the reason for the original move is the descendants take an interest in their origins Scots Avuestrvj- Research Eaton's we mean business A visit to Eaton's Business Centre should be the first factor in your calculations when you need a reliable answer-machine for scientific for the office or or for your home. 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