archivesMy final visit to the archives was to the archives proper which meant I had to get an official readers card with my picture. I wonder if this will count as identification for the voter suppression law in North Carolina. I spent my time reading through digitized church minutes mostly related to women confessing to having babies out of wedlock. I also saw the phrase “antenuptial fornication” more than once which I can’t wait to work into conversation once I get back home.

When my eyes began crossing from all that 19th century handwriting, I took another amble through Edinburgh and as I’m walking, I noticed a library. I’m never one to pass by a library so I headed in to see what sort genealogy resources they had. I talked with a helpful chap who showed me what they had but it was all Edinburgh specific, nothing relevant to my search. He mentioned that there was a genealogical society not far away and described how to get there. I just had to turn left on Victoria Street but not onto Victoria Street itself. There’s a ledge that runs along the side of the buildings which stays level as Victoria Street descends. It was easier to find than I thought it would be.
So, I’m walking along the “upstairs” of Victoria Street when I see a sign for a Quaker Meeting House. I go in and have a nice long talk with some of the helpful Quaker ladies there. Unfortunately the Littricks and Milligans I’m researching weren’t Quaker when they were in Scotland otherwise they’d have been much easier to track down.

I finally made it to the genealogical society and they had some cemetery records for the Dumfries area but I couldn’t find anyone I’m hunting. I did get the address for the Dumfries and Galloway Family History Society so that’ll be my next stop after the Sorbie reunion this weekend.

I also visited another cemetery. More pictures in my Facebook album.

About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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4 Responses to Serendipity

  1. Little Monster Girl says:

    That’s a great phrase, “antenuptual fornication”! I’m going to use it in as many inappropriate conversations as I can!

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