Monthly Archives: November 2014

Cover Design

Long before the final copy-edit I had concluded that my first and unusual hybrid non-fiction book containing elements of genealogy, heir-hunting, and social and family history would not attract a main stream publisher. In any event I couldn’t face writing … Continue reading

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Pitfalls of self-publishing service companies

For the IT literate some of the steps towards self-publishing can be self-taught but for a professional end-product some skills need to be outsourced. A simple internet search will provide many self- or vanity-publishing service providers and some are one-stop-shops … Continue reading

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Finding an editor

The first draft of my book, Seeking John Campbell, was completed some time ago. It was a self-satisfying experience, but it was obvious that it needed a lot of work. It was certainly not in publishable form for many reasons; … Continue reading

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Scottish Migrants to Argentina

It is surprising that so little is written about one of the earliest migrant groups to Argentina especially as many of their descendants became important contributors to the development of the country. In 1825, a group of Scottish migrants sailed … Continue reading

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Searching for Isabel’s heirs

I had discovered that Isabel had been born in Argentina, that her mother was Gladys Pemberton and her father John Campbell. I had also eliminated Isabel’s maternal line as potential heirs to her estate. However, I was no closer to … Continue reading

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Not everything is as it seems

Tracing a family history can be time-consuming and expensive but worse, the time and expense can lead to incorrect conclusions. My experience of investigating the families of three John Campbells led initially to assumptions which later proved to be false. But … Continue reading

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Armistice Day

Today is 11 November which commemorates the armistice signed at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, effectively signalling the end of WWI.  It now is the day when all armed service personnel who sacrificed … Continue reading

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Family history record keeping

My early research was all over the place and to recall information for my book was like sifting through a pile of rubbish to find a lost piece of paper. At the time I was not concerned about the snippets of … Continue reading

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Blind Alley in the search for John Campbell (2)

Through an internet forum, I had been put in touch with a Campbell from the Strachur line of Campbell’s who had links to Argentina. He had taken it upon himself to maintain a large database of the Strachur Campbells which … Continue reading

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Blind alley in the search for John Campbell (1)

In Burkes Landed Gentry I spotted an entry for Isabel because of her marriage to Ian Greig. It listed her father as Col. Campbell. Had one of my John Campbell’s been in the army prior to becoming a rancher in … Continue reading

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