Thursday, August 2, 2012
Just a note about a valuable resource for our Douglas genealogy. Our Douglas family is descended from a John Douglas who, at the age of 12, ran away from home. In 1707 he was kidnapped on the docks of London and forced to work on the crew of a ship that sailed for the New World, where he was sold to pay for his passage. (Apparently, this was not uncommon at the time.) In 1890, Joshua Lufkin Douglas published a genealogy of this family, as best he could, from available records and from correspondence with as many of the descendants as he could contact. I first found this book several years ago on Heritage Quest, through the New England Genealogical and Historical Association. At the time, I painstakingly entered the over 2000 individuals into a family tree, and added it to my own. Now I find it in several places. Google has scanned this book, which is available in Google Books in several different formats. Amazon offers printed copies for about $20. When I transcribed the individual vital records (birth, marriage, death), I decided to leave out the descriptive information about all these families, which is really the more interesting information. There was just too much for me to copy. The other day I came across someone who has transcribed all this information, and made it available on his genealogy website. The Wilde Genealogy site is at http://www.computersrwilde.com/Genealogy/ and our Douglas family starts here.