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Christine Cleal published new versions of the Rutherford of Rudchester, Macdonalds of Northton2, Jan Blomerus 1837 and Cleal family family trees from the Family Tree Builder.
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Christine Cleal published new versions of the Rutherford of Rudchester, Macdonalds of Northton2, Jan Blomerus 1837 and Cleal family family trees from the Family Tree Builder.
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Christine Cleal published new versions of the Rutherford of Rudchester, Macdonalds of Northton2, Jan Blomerus 1837 and Cleal family family trees from the Family Tree Builder.
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Christine Cleal published new versions of the Macdonalds of Northton2, Jan Blomerus 1837 and Cleal family family trees from the Family Tree Builder.
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Christine Cleal updated the details of Henry Alexander Grinham , Clement Oliver Grinham and Helen White (born McNiel) in family tree Macdonalds of Northton2
Christine Cleal published new versions of the Rutherford of Rudchester, Macdonalds of Northton2, Jan Blomerus 1837 and Cleal family family trees from the Family Tree Builder.
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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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