Many Generations

I can go back to 1652 on my Dad's side. They came from outside Glasgow, Scotland, but I can't go any further back because there are no recotds for the family before then. We are supposed to be related to John Rennie, the bridge builder and engineer, but I can't prove it, although the story has been passed down the various lines from the 18th century. My paternal grandmother came from Teesside in northern England, but I can't go as far back there. My Mum's father's family came originally from the south of England, whilst her mother's family came from Fife , Scotland. Some of them also originated in the SCottish Borders, so they came fom all over the UK, virtually. They spread to the USA< Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Germany that I know of and maybe many other places yet to be determined.

I keep thinking I've done all the research I can and then I get another bit of information and it sets me off on another piece of research! It's almost an obsession, but I find it fascinating to find all the various connections: I'm even related to a TV presenter from the UK, but haven't attempted to make contact, basically because I haven't found how to so far.
uwaterskye uwaterskye
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2 Responses Jan 19, 2013

I had a Grandmother, on my Dad's side that was born in Scotland. Our history goes way back to somebody the great. I have to check with my siblings. They have a book on our families history. There is a website called's not free. My Father was an engineer. My Mother's Grandparents are from England have a Border Collie that I am trying to train on sheep. He seems to know more than I do for now. I also like swimming in a 1 piece suit.

It's true that being able to reach beyond that barrier of 1590 is difficult. I can trace back to the 1600's, when my mother's ancestors left Leigh for the colonies. It spans about 12 generations back (from me). In Mass. a young man from South-East England married a young woman from Leigh. He left from a port near London. She left from Liverpool. He was a cabin boy. She was in a cabin, as he father was a minister. They arrived within a few years of each other. Trying to connect her family back, is easier, since her father had higher standing. I can link him to about three possible fathers, but only through the research of other family trees. Once I can access the same record trace they went through, I may be able to pin-point which John Baker in England is the father.
It's a search full of fascination and history that, even if it does not connect directly with my ancestors, it was the world that they lived in. Of course, there are other traces that have led me to the shores of Normandy -- from two sides, my father and my mother. The one connection for my mother suggests that her ancestors came over with William to England. The other connection for my dad is that his Norse ancestors settled in Normandy, while the main of the family stayed in West Coast Norway.
I look upon this obsession as a journey. My kids love it, as do my nieces and nephews. There is a longing for roots, and for stories.