Posted by: downtothesea | January 7, 2010

Follow Friday: a tree grows…in the basement

For this, my first Follow Friday, I offer a post, a blog, and a site for the delight and education of my fellow geneabloggers.


For Memory Monday, Greta Koehl of Greta’s Genealogy Bog, with her usual lovely and compelling prose, tells a charming tale of an interloping black walnut shoot growing in the basement of her house, whose sheer determination to survive compelled her family to care for it and adopt it as the unofficial mascot of their basement.  An all-around delightful read.


Katrina McQuarrie, a self-described “Gen-Y genealogist” and the blogger behind Kick-Ass Genealogy, has a mission: to help YOU make YOUR family history and genealogical projects as kick-ass as possible, one info-packed how-to post at a time.  Katrina’s got a knack for taking old topics and making them brandy-new and exciting again.  Check out her suggestions for “batching” genealogy tasks for greater productivity.  Also, she’s working her way through a degree in medieval studies (as yours truly did), and that makes her automatically awesome.


Scotland’s People has been a favorite site of mine for several years.  Using a “pay per view” fee schedule, genealogists can download a vast amount of Scottish statutory and old parish registers as well as census records and some wills.  This site was instrumental in helping me sort out my Miller/Hislop lines.  However, several of my Irish lines (McCabe, Kelly) also spent years working, marrying and raising their families in Scotland.  As they were Catholic, I couldn’t find them in the old Scottish parish registers.  I had come to accept this.  Imagine my surprise when I logged on to the site in October of this past year and discovered they had added birth and baptism records from the Catholic parish registers of Scotland!  According to the site, this is the first of several installments the site will add over the next few years, encompassing many thousands more Catholic parish records.  The Catholic births and baptisms have already helped me to break through a brick wall I thought would stand until the end of time.  Well done, Scotland’s People.  Thank you!



  1. Hi. Thanks so much for the follow Friday link.

    I just wanted to make a small correction: I don’t yet have my degree in Medieval Studies (I am about halfway through). I’m taking a small break to pay the Reaper, I mean, government student loans… I do agree that medievalists are automatically awesome though. (Why else would I have chosen that degree? :P)

    I also just realized that my About page is totally ambiguous on this so I’m going to go edit it now…

    • Thanks for the correct…I’ll tidy up my post. And thanks for a great blog, too!

  2. Thanks for the Follow Friday info. I’ve used Scotlandspeople site quite a lot and would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in tracing their Scottish roots.

    The main problem for with Scotlandspeople is that I find it quite addictive and seem to be forever buying credits to get my fix of Scottish family records 🙂

    • I completely agree with its addictive capabilities! We won’t even mention the workout my poor credit card has had on that site… 😉

  3. Thank you for the write-up – I’m blushing (and grinning). I swear that’s not the reason I’m mentioning your Treasure Chest Thursday post in my Friday feature; it was already in my draft for the post.

    • Hee hee! It’s the genea-hive-mind, I tell you!
      And thank you for your rec!

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