I recently began researching my husbands family tree, and discovered a very interesting individual, who’s life story has taught me new aspects of American and Scottish history. I chose my most unconventional and unorganized method of research for the initial effort of discovering my husband’s roots. This process begins with the grandparents where I dig up all the genealogical information that I possibly can. Then, I choose which ever great grandparent intrigue’s me the most. After discovering all that I can on the chosen great grandparent, I decide which of that person’s parents intrigues me the most and research them to pieces. This process repeats until I either run out of time or hit a road block.
My husband’s grandmother, who just turned 90, was the grandparent I initially chose. Next was her father, Dean Oscar Broughton, then Dean’s mother, Ella Marie Hollingsworth, then eight more generations of intriguing grandparents later, I discovered the Scottish warrior, Daniel Robins. There has been a lot of previous research on Daniel Robins so it was easy to grasp a quick picture of his adventurous life. Continue reading The Great Scottish Slave