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On growing old together

When, last week, I posted a photo of my great grandparents at their 55th wedding anniversary, both Pacific Paratrooper and theamateurcamera commented on the longevity of their marriage. 968 more words


Nine weeks, two days, seven hours ... and yes, obviously I am counting

Planning for my UK trip is getting quite advanced.

As well as organising to spend time at the Kirkcaldy Library and Fife Archives, I’ve discovered this exhibition at the National War Museum in Edinburgh. 64 more words


Fearless females: Margaret Cruden (my Gran)

Catherine Black and Alexander Cruden with children Stewart and Margaret. Circa 1912.

Ramsay family; circa 1942-43. Margaret Cruden (seated), Elizabeth, May, Catherine, Margaret (standing). David. Sandra seated in centre. 489 more words


When the truth contradicts the "family folklore"; treading carefully around the relatives

One of the unintended consequences of becoming the family historian – as opposed to just collecting and handing down the family stories – is that realities exposed by searching the records don’t always match up with the sometimes cherished stories. 298 more words