Colin Campbell a trilogy

The story so far …

I have been looking for source documents to link these two families.

Colin CAMPBELL (1)

Colin CAMPBELL[1] of Grove Street married Margaret MIDDLEMISS in Glasgow on 29 December 1916, he cited his father’s name as Peter CAMPBELL (deceased) and his mother’s name and maiden surname as Elizabeth DUNCAN.

Colin CAMPBELL (2)

A fellow genealogist[2] cited this couple as her grandparents but the mother’s name and maiden surname as Elizabeth ANDERSON. They had a son Peter CAMPBELL who married Dorothy Rose BRICE in London. Their descendants now live in San Diego USA.

What I know

Colin CAMPBELL of Grove Street Glasgow appeared in the 1911 Census[3] with his father Peter CAMPBELL and mother Elizabeth, this led to a birth record. Colin CAMPBELL born 16 November 1896, father Peter CAMPBELL, mother Elizabeth ANDERSON. This is Colin (2) and in 1911 he lived in the same street as Colin (1), a close match but not yet close enough.


My next step is to research Peter CAMPBELL. It wasn’t hard to find his birth register in Scotland’s People, he was born[4] at 155 High Craighall Road Glasgow on 22 September 1917 and this date confirmed an unsourced entry in Family Search. This is the son of Colin (2). I am now researching in the modern era where the next census record will not be available until 2021 so without any details about him other than his name, I need to look at other records and search for him in a family unit.

I have access to Ancestry Library, so I did a wide search for Peter with his father and mother, and his son. I used his mother’s married name because I was looking for them as a family. I found a Canada Ocean Arrivals record dated May 1921[5] for Peter CAMPBELL aged 5 years that recorded his nearest relative in the country where he came from as his grandmother Mrs Jessie ANDERSON 124 High Craig St Glasgow. This Peter CAMPBELL is the son of Colin (1).

Next, I found the matching Canadian Passenger List for Colin CAMPBELL[6] and Margaret is listed as having her left hand missing. The family consists of Colin 24, Margaret 21, Peter 5, Jessie 1½, Thomas 1 month, and Jeanie 54, all on the same ticket, and intending to live with Colin’s mother in Toronto Ontario.

This means that Colin (1) also had a son named Peter. This is the second possible link between Colin (1) and Colin (2).

  1. Colin (1) and Colin (2) lived in the same street.
  2. Colin (1) and Colin (2) both had a son named Peter.

Two steps forward, one step back

Colin (2) is the father of Peter, who married Dorothy Rose BRICE in London and whose children live in San Diego, but Colin (1) emigrated to Canada when Peter was 5 years old.

Still using Ancestry Library, I decided to concentrate on Peter and Dorothy and look for their leaving the UK. Now I found a UK Passenger List[7] that recorded them leaving Southampton for Montreal in Canada on 17 May 1952 with Peter 34, Dorothy 31, Dorothy 10, and Jennifer 5.

I also found an application for permanent residence in 1957 for Peter CAMPBELL[8], a citizen of Canada, and his wife Dorothy Rose CAMPBELL, citing the same date of birth as Colin (2)’s Peter

So, now I have three Peter’s.

  • Peter (1), the son of Colin (2) emigrated to Toronto in Canada aged 5.
  • Peter (2), who married Dorothy and emigrated with two children to Montreal in Canada.
  • Peter (3), a Canadian national who applied for US permanent residence with his wife Dorothy Rose, with the same birthday as Peter (12).

For these two Colin’s and three Peter’s to be the same family, then Peter CAMPBELL had to have:

  1. Emigrated to Canada in 1921
  2. Returned to England
  3. Married Dorothy Rose Brice had two children
  4. Emigrated to Canada in 1952
  5. Emigrated to the US in 1957

I am pedantic in keeping written a record in my Family History Workbook[9] AS I GO as well as numbering and transcribing the documents I find into a spreadsheet AS I GO. When my mind has turned to spaghetti as is common when investigating an interesting member of the family tree, I might remember a minute detail, but I can return to these documents to find out when and where I found it or if I just imagined it. This is what happened yesterday.

The final resolution

In all these records there was one unique clue, I could have missed it but as I said I am pedantic. (I have also been using this blog to unravel this puzzle in a narrative way.) Peter (1)’s mother Margaret is listed in the Canadian Passenger List as having her left hand missing. Confirming whether Jean’s grandmother was missing her left hand or not, would finally link or unlink Colin (1) and (2).

This is the chase. it is the bit that keeps genealogists genealog-ing. I messaged Jean on Family Search and hoped against hope that she hadn’t found something else to do so she would answer quickly. To my very pleasant surprise, I received an answer in a few hours (my midnight sojourn closing the time gap to her midnight sojourn).

“Yes. It was her left hand and when I was little I thought she had ut it off by a sewing machine.”

She also confirmed that her father had returned to England and joined the RAF then emigrated to Canada in 1952.  Thank you, Jean! Now I can finally start entering this data in the family tree.


[1] Scottish Marriage Register, 1917, GROS Data 644/13 10 Margaret Middlemiss and Colin Campbell ( Accessed 22 September 2018)

[2] Adams, GF, Family History Workbook, unpublished p 99-100

[3] Scottish Census 1911 644/9 10/7 Page 7 of 35 Colin Campbell ( accessed 8 October 2018)

[4] Scottish Birth Register, 1917, GROS Data 644/7 469 Peter Campbell ( Accessed 8 October 2018)

[5] Library and Archives Canada; Form 30A Ocean Arrivals (Individual Manifests), 1919-1924; Rolls: T-14939 – T-15248, 1921 SS Cassandra, p 6 Line 21, Peter Campbell ( accessed 15 October 2018)

[6] Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2010 1921 Colin Campbell. ( accessed 15 October 2018)

[7] UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012, 1952, Peter Campbell. ( accessed 15 October 2018)

[8]National Archives at Riverside; Riverside, California; NAI Number: 603760; Record Group Title: 21; Record Group Number: Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685-2009, 1957, Declaration No 552, Peter Campbell. ( accessed 8 October 2018)

[9] Adams, GF, Family History Workbook, unpublished, p 99-108

Which Colin Campbell is which?

I love it when people contact me through one of my family tree sites and connect their family tree to mine. This happened a couple of weeks ago through FamilySearch. Jean appears to be my second cousin; her grandmother and my grandmother could be sisters. I say appears and could because I am yet to connect all the source information together.

It begins with Thomas MIDDLEMISS (FamilySearch entry) or (WikiTree entry). He married Jessie Jane ANDERSON and they had six children, Grace Hay MIDDLEMISS is my grandmother and Margaret MIDDLEMISS is Jean’s grandmother.

Whenever it’s possible, I like to fill in all the brothers and sisters for all my ancestors, when I have a bit of spending money and some time to spare. Recently I started to fill in the marriages for the children of Thomas MIDDLEMISS. I added, amongst others, Colin CAMPBELL[1] as the spouse of Margaret MIDDLEMISS, and this is what brought Jean into contact[2]. Jean told me that Margaret had a son Peter CAMPBELL, who was her father.

My method for entering collateral people (those not in my direct line) begins with a marriage record, so for Margaret MIDDLEMISS, I had created Colin CAMPBELL from the marriage record, then continued finding marriages for each of the MIDDLEMISS children. My next step is to return to the new person and fill in their parents, again from the marriage record. I had not reached this next stage when I received Jean’s message.

Next, I made a mistake. I merged my Colin CAMPBELL (L1TQ-4VH) with Jean’s (L1BL-LJF) before I had added Colin’s parents. Too late I discovered that his marriage certificate listed his mother’s maiden name as Elizabeth DUNCAN, but Jean listed his mother’s maiden name as Elizabeth ANDERSON. I had no choice but to undo the merge and begin researching Colin CAMPBELL again from the beginning.

Beginning again / starting over, is a good quality for a genealogist. Sometimes I just need to relearn a pre-learnt skill. I cannot resist a good genealogical mystery. I’ll be back


[1] Scottish Marriage Register, 1917, GROS Data 644/13 10 Margaret Middlemiss and Colin Campbell ( Accessed 22 September 2018)

[2] Adams, GF, Family History Workbook, unpublished, P 99-100

New Look

I have been wanting to revise this site because the previous theme did not allow for a specialised mobile view. In mobile view, it was cumbersome and unfriendly. This theme comes with a mobile-friendly version.

I was hoping to find a theme that separated posts by page instead of the mile-long feed I currently have. That has been a trade-off between the clean lines of this and the previous theme, and the more cluttered front page of other designs. I have opted to continue with simple clean lines of this new theme.

I also added two menu items for easier navigation, you can now navigate to every mention of a family name or a particular family member. You can also navigate to posts based on a theme. Don’t miss the tags at the bottom of the page for other interesting topics. I  also plan to update my “About” page very soon.

Lastly, I changed the name of the site from “Georgina’s Family” to “Genealogy Galore” hoping that it will be more search engine friendly and attract more visitors.

Feel free to comment on the design and any other aspect of my blog. Your comments are much appreciated.

Solemn Grandure

On the ninth of February, 1895, a man known only as a “Special Reporter” described the scene of a recent bush fire, perhaps this was how John Davis may have felt that night.

He wrote:[1]

“Having left Echunga after sunset, I had at least one advantage of travelling in the dark. The innumerable burning logs and trees which mark the extent of the devastation caused by the recent fire presented a scene of solumn grandeur not easily to be described. For many miles in every direction these brilliant glaring objects shone with an intense ruddy light, which, in the deep silence and solitude of the forests, was most imposing to behold.”

It could not be easily described, because to describe something, is to equate it to some similar thing already seen and known. These early Europeans would have been used to seeing a bright star-lit night, something that amazes many modern people accustomed to light pollution. They would not have been used to seeing a brightly lit landscape, unless they had recently arrived from Europe, Adelaide was yet to have universal street lighting. Few if any would have seen fireworks and no one could imagine have imagined flying, let alone the visage of city lights far below.

No, the scene facing this nameless reporter would not have been easily described. It would not have been easily forgotten either. The landscape, many locals escaping with only the clothes on their back,[2]  having lost their entire life’s work, and some who lost their lives. Everything changed, and all in a matter of a few short days.


[1] 1859 ‘MACCLESFIELD.’, South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 – 1900), 11 February, p. 3. , viewed 03 Feb 2017,

[2] 1859 ‘No title’, The South Australian Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1858 – 1889), 8 February, p. 3. , viewed 03 Feb 2017,


In 1859, John and Rosa Davis had been married for nine years[1]. had four young children,[2] and lived in Macclesfield, South Australia, a colony less than thirty years old. [3].  In February of that year, a bush fire ravaged the area and several lives were lost.

There are no less than ten contemporary newspaper accounts. The damage caused by the fire was so widespread that detail about individual losses is lost. An Inquest into the fire lists J Davis (among others) simply as houseless.[4] It found, “That the fire originated in a section belonging to Mr. John Heyward, near Echunga, but by what means it was started, there is no evidence to show.”

In 1859 rural Australia, communication was by post and printed newspapers. There were no fire engines, motorised or electrical devices, no weather reports, or warning systems. The Bureau of Meteorology.[5] and even the clichéd outback radio were more than fifty years away.

One can only guess at how this could have been experienced by these European inhabitants.


[1]Australia, Marriage Index,1850, p 160, Vol 14 John Davis and Rosa Sophia Marry Wills ( retrieved 31 January, 2017)

[2] Adams, GF, Family History Workbook, unpublished, p 83.

[3] Tourist Information Distributors, “Exploring Adelaide: Brief History” ( retrieved 3 January, 2017)

[4] 1859 ‘MACCLESFIELD.’, South Australian Weekly Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1858 – 1867), 12 February, p. 5. , viewed 03 Feb 2017,

[5] Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology, “Centenary of the Bureau, A hundred years young” ( retrieved, 3 January, 2017)


Thirty-eight and fifteen Robert St, Glasgow. My great-grandparents Archie and Jane Rowley lived here, and raised twelve children from 1911[1] until their deaths in 1932[2] and 1942[3]. Today it is a car park in a light industrial area, a candle workshop and retail outlet.[4]

I do not see the carpark. I see nineteenth century tenements, taking their shape from the road. Covered in black grime, dirty dusty windows, filthy grimy footpath, few cars and much horse dung. Children everywhere, playing, laughing, running, fighting, talking, shouting, screaming. All in the melodious tones of my mother tongue, music to my ears, indecipherable to outsiders.

Two streets away, the shipyards overshadow all of Glasgow. It fills the air; with still more noise, hammering, welding, scraping metal; smells, acrid, dusty, foul. Its smoke, clouds everything with underworld, ghostly dimness.

This is my inherited memory, layering the landscape, in ways that only family can. The shipyard disappears taking the pollution, noise, and jobs. Next, the tenements, children and adults. Progress is what it is, the sun is bright here now, in the carpark of the candle factory.

[1] Scottish Birth Register, 1911, GROS Data 646/02 1851,Georgina Marion Rowley ( : acessed 18 October, 2012)

[2] Scottish Death Register, 1932, GROS Data 644/24 0628, Rowley, Jane  ( : acessed 17 August, 2012)

[3] Scottish Death Register, 1942, GROS Data 644/24 0628, Rowley, Archibald ( : acessed 22 March, 2005)

[4] “Robert Street, Glasgow, Scotland.” Map. Google Maps. Google ( : accessed 12 December, 2017 .

Emigration – Why would you?

John and Julia Kidd emigrated to Australia sometime between 1907, when Clarissa was born in Durham, England[1] and 1913, when Selwyn was born in South Australia.[2] After extensive research, no record of either departure or arrival can be found.[3]

One thing that records cannot reveal, is what motivated this nineteenth century couple to emigrate to the furthest reaches of the British Empire, and rebuild their lives in a primitive and isolated foreign land. This question fascinates me, perhaps because I never received a satisfactory answer from my own parents.

There are several questions to research before attempting an educated guess. Did John have no extended family? Emigration meant a loss of connection with the extended family, but John was one of seven children, had seven aunts and uncles and presumably numerous cousins.[4] Clarissa’s extended family are yet to be researched. Were they young and just starting out? They were both in their forties, with three young children.[5] Were they poor? John was raised in a household with two servants,[6] and the eldest son, (his father’s estate was worth £8,484 15s 3d)[7] he must have been moderately wealthy.

So, middle aged, with a growing family, and moderately wealthy, not the kind of young-ambitious-nothing-to-lose stereotype that I had in mind. This leaves me wondering about the timing, (1907 – 1913). Were they politically savvy enough to foresee the world’s first global conflict?

There is much more that can be researched before making an educated guess about what motivated John and Julia Kidd to emigrate to Australia.



[1] England & Wales births 1837­2006 Transcription, ( :accessed 26 March, 2016)

[2] Adams, GF, Family History Workbook, unpublished. p 81.

[3] Adams, GF, Family History Workbook, unpublished. P 76

[4] Adams, GF, Family History Workbook, unpublished. P 77-78

[5] Adams, GF, Family History Workbook, unpublished. p 81.

[6] “England and Wales Census, 1871”, database with images, FamilySearch ( : 24 July 2015), Pearson W Kidd in entry for Jane Bell, 1871.; “England and Wales Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : 19 August 2016), Pearson W Kidd, Bishop Wearmouth, Durham, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing p. 19, Piece/Folio 4993/145, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,775,382.

[7] England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1883, Pearson Ward Kidd ( retrieved 11 January, 2017)

Getting somewhere

This is week five of my family history course and I would be hard pressed to tell you half of what I have learned.

Pedigree charts and family charts are great for getting started as well as keeping up. This week it has been suggested to create a time line for the person of interest.

Wow and I mean wow! I spent the day transferring as much as I knew about William Charles HARVEY, as well as any other information contained in the documents. I carefully added the references (I was becoming a bit overwhelmed with references) and transcribed the detail wherever possible. I added a column for clues and inserted a hint where something must have happened before, after or between the documents.

Lastly I wrote the results into my Family History Workbook and when I was finished I had uncovered and/or documented ten more clues. That’s right, ten more clues.

I am a happy researcher.

Begin at the beginning

For a host of reasons I won’t bore you with, I have decided to throw my current family history research out (figuratively and not so figuratively ). And START AGAIN.

The software I was using is now obsolete,  and I have to use some legacy software to retrieve it.  I have downloaded digital images of nearly all the information I have found so far and I am able to reference all my data.

Beginning at the beginning is easier than trying to backstep especially now that I know how to properly reference.

There is never anything wrong with rechecking my findings so off I go.

Another new blog

A rhetorical question: Can one have too many blogs?

For some years I have been amassing information about my family history. I have reached a critical mass – that is, the amount of I formation I have is too great to be understood in a single, two dimensional array.

University of Tasmania to the rescue. I have enrolled in a unit, Introduction to Family History. It requires some reflective journalling, so here I am.