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Christine Cleal added a photo of Marion(Minnie) McCormack (born Brotherton Scott) and John McCormack :
 
Christine Cleal published new versions of the Jan Blomerus 1837, Cleal family and Macdonalds of Northton family trees from the Family Tree Builder.
Christine Cleal added Hendrik Daniel Jacobus Claasen , Johannes Frederik Claasen , Catharina Brits b5c3d9e1 , Martha Maria Claasen and 6 other people to family tree: Jan Blomerus 1837
Christine Cleal updated the details of Hendrik Daniel Jacobus Claasen , Barbara Maria Dorothea Blomerus (born Brits) , Johannes Frederik Claasen , Catharina Brits b5c3d9e1 and 21 other people in family tree Jan Blomerus 1837
Christine Cleal added Archie(Archibald) McCormack , John Scott McCormack , John Scott , George Ellison and 8 other people to family tree: Macdonalds of Northton
Christine Cleal updated the details of John McCormack , Archie(Archibald) McCormack , John Scott McCormack , Marion(Minnie) McCormack (born Brotherton Scott) and 16 other people in family tree Macdonalds of Northton
Oct 20, 2014
Christine Cleal published new versions of the Cleal family and Jan Blomerus 1837 family trees from the Family Tree Builder.
Christine Cleal updated the details of <Private> Trimming in family tree Cleal family
Christine Cleal added Andries Daniël Grové , Lucas Meyer b1 , Jannichen Gerrits Prinsloo , Unknown Prinsloo and 9 other people to family tree: Jan Blomerus 1837
Christine Cleal updated the details of Elizabeth de Waal SV/PROG (born de Waal van Eck b1) , Andries Daniël Grové , Anna Grové (born Grové Niël (Nel)) , Andreas Johannes (Andries) Grové and 26 other people in family tree Jan Blomerus 1837
Oct 19, 2014
Christine Cleal published new versions of the Macdonalds of Northton, Cleal family and Jan Blomerus 1837 family trees from the Family Tree Builder.
Christine Cleal added Arie Erasmus Blomerus b2c9 , Maria Hendrina Blomerus b2c8 , Alida Adriana Blomerus b2c7 , Jan Marthinus Blomerus b2c6 and 55 other people to family tree: Jan Blomerus 1837
Christine Cleal updated the details of Matthijs Simon Taute , Anna Dorothea Taute (born Dunkers) , Johan Heinrich Johann Taute , Arie Erasmus Blomerus b2c9 and 88 other people in family tree Jan Blomerus 1837
Christine Cleal updated the details of Mary Ann Snaith (born Dunn) , Mary Ann Dunn , Mary Ann Snaith (born Dunn) , Joseph Snaith and 12 other people in family tree Macdonalds of Northton
 
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Genealogy:Butterfields: An Ancestral Thread
Posted by: Christine Cleal on June 20 2014 05:17

I never get tired of research. Blame it on Glasgow University!So it is I have pursued the Cleals to the Khyber pass and the MacDonalds to the shores of America.

But I've always been fascinatedby the Butterfields, if only because of their improbable name. Why Butterfield? Why not Cowfield? And if you look at the Internet you get many different versions of its origin, including the tired old Norman story.Why those illiterate bullies are so popular as ancestors beats me. After all they were only a couple of generations on from their Viking ancestors and we all know what they were like. Sorry, i forgot. We are scandinavian Celts.

The explanation I like best is the Field of the Bittern,(field rather like the Afrikaans Veld, a flattish plain), and it seems to have no connection with the Coat of Arms which contains a griffin!The griffin is a symbol of courage and strength, an...

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This Web site:Report on 2011
Posted by: Christine Cleal on Dec 19 2011 03:32

Getting started on this mission was an act which sometimes made me question my sanity. But I persevered, and relatives came out of the woodwork. Some preferred to stay in it, but I have made new friends. Sister Flora takes care of the accuracy, and I write the stories, put up on the family blog.

It was while I was trying to get to grips with the MacLeans that I encountered, quite by accident, my great-uncle Kenneth who died in the sinking of the Iolaire. I was looking at the Memorial website, when the address, 12 Northton, hit my eye. I checked, and sure enough I had discovered a family tragedy. Out of this came our Maclean relatives, and Derek Peakman, and I discovered that I had a great-aunt, Isabella. Derek also found a lovely pic of my dad in 1939 with his aunt.I am hoping that Derek has some stories of Raasay where Isabella married into the MacLeods. A small story is already on the blog, about the '45.

Meanwhile, the struggle continues. I attach for De...

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