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Getting Started Tracing Your Family Tree in Scotland – BDM Certificates

Scottish birth, death and marriage (BDM) certificates contain much more information than those English counterparts and are invaluable in tracing your Scottish Family Tree. In Scotland the recording of birth, death and marriage only became statutory in 1855, prior to this, records were maintained by the Church in Parish Registrars. Birth Certificate As you will note a complete birth certificate gives lots of useful information to assist the researcher. Make sure that you double check the details to ensure you have found the correct individual ie parents names, place of birth, etc. A complete certificate will show: Child's name, sex, date, time and place of birth; Names of both parents (where known / disclosed); Date and place of parents marriage; Name and qualification of informant (normally father); Occupation of parents. Note: During my research I have, on many occasions, discovered families with multiple children having the same first name. Until, reliably recently, it was fairly common practice to name a child after a dead sibling, something which would have been fronted upon today. Marriage Certificate A complete marriage certificate will include: When, where and how married (eg Church of Scotland, Free Church, etc); Name, age, marital status, residence and occupation of couple; Name, maiden surname and occupation of both sets of parents; Deceased parents will be identified; Names of both witnesses; Name of official; Where and when registered. Death...

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How to Grow Prickly Pear Cactus or Opuntia Ficus-Indica and Harvest Prickly Pears

Prickly pear cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica) are useful in the landscape for dramatic impact, adding a southernwestern feel to any landscape. Opuntia cactus also has disposable pads and provide the red cactus pears of commerce. This cactus variety grows wild in the southwestern United States and Mexico. Prickly pear cactus have deep green branching pads, grow up to 15 feet tall and as wide around in as little as 5 years. The oval cactus pads can be up to three feet long and over a foot across. In spring Opuntia ficus-indica gets stunning bright yellow to orange flowers measuring 3 to 5 inches across. These turn into pinkish red ,ible prickly pears. Over time these cacti form brown, woody trunks. Most Opuntia varieties are not fussy about soil conditions, are cold hardy to 30 degrees below zero and many also haveible pears and pads. Cattle are also known to have a taste for Opuntia cactus and in some parts of the world it is used as feed. Outdoors, prickly pears look especially good in silhouette against a sunset. They also make very effective security barriers. They can take regular pruning to maintain shape. Always cut at the joints, where the two pads meet. Cuttings can easily be rooted by burying part of a pad in moist, well drained soil. Opuntia species have also been known to take root where pads...

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The Tree of Life Tapestry Art Captures Our Hearts

Deep thoughts and the beauty of interpretation comes with the many meanings of The Tree of Life. To look upon the many artists masterpieces in their artwork that symbolizes the Tree of Life it is fascinating and fun. Thus we shall look at the Tree of Life Tapestry Art and how it captures our hearts. Best known is perhaps William Morris’s version of the Tree of Life with it’s medieval style. It was William Morris that let his imagination design the work of art that was originally woven into a tapestry instead of a painting. Most tapestries are woven from a design that is taken from a painting by another artist. William Morris created his design and woven them and is a legendary man who pushed the fine woven goods into the world as we know them today. The Tree of Life is symbolic in many cultures and is studied in science, religion, philosophy, mythology, and other schools of thought. The basic belief for most is the Tree of Life is symbolic of growth, immortality, resurrection and the promise of continuous life. The tree is the link to heaven and earth and the underworld. It’s quite magical when you think about all it represents. The branches and leaves reach to the heavens where the truck stands strongly on the earth and it’s roots dive deep into the underworld. The...

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Family Tree Scrapbooking: Fun for the Whole Family!

Genealogy can be fun with children if you involve them in your family tree scrapbooking. This is just the kind of activity that children can really get into and learn a lot about your family's unique history. It's a way for them to learn without getting bombarded with names and dates which can result in them losing interest altogether. Scrapbooking is also a great way to present your family tree because it can be passed around or giving, given as a gift or left on the coffee table to share with interested guests. The scrapbook serves the dual purpose of both protecting your important pieces and presenting them in a handy way. Personally, I would make copies of very important documents so that they can be cut and pasted without too much concern. With your copies and all the usual scrapbooking material in hand, you'll be ready to get started. If not, then a quick trip to the craft store will provide lots of great paper and accents that you can use to make your scrapbook more decorative. If you are selecting your scrapbook, try to choose one that can hold a large amount of information and that allows pages to be added with ease. Remember, your family tree will be growing over the years and whoever inherits it, will want to be able to keep it updated. Experienced...

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