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George Houstoun REID

Patricia Ford, Tamworth, Staffordshire. Please respond by eMail toeMail address for editor.

The article in the June issue by Martyn Killion couldn’t have been more opportune, as my Australian friend has just asked me to help with her research on her Scottish ancestors.

However, much .....as the website link to Australian archives gave me a starting point, I have drawn a blank with all the various sites I have tried. Can any reader suggest where I can go after: Rootsweb, PRO, Paisley RHS, Skylinc.net, eastrenfrewshire.gov, family records.gov.uk, NAS, IGI and Cyndislist.

My friend would dearly love to prove her connection, through her great grandmother, to George Houstoun REID, who was the fourth Prime Minister of Australia. Mary Ann REID is relatively unknown, with only her father’s name, William, being on her death certificate of Feb. 3, 1917. George Houstoun REID’s father was John, a minister of the kirk, and John had a brother named William so perhaps he was Mary Ann’s father, but we cannot get more information on Mary Ann, who was born on December 23, 1846 at Johnstone, Renfrewshire, to William REID and Marion (Wilson). We cannot find her name on any ship’s log to Australia, yet she married in Bega, New South Wales, on Jan. 28, 1869. George Houston REID was born on Feb. 25, 1845 near Paisley, the youngest of seven children, and the family emigrated from Liverpool to Melbourne in 1852. Where do I turn to now?


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