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 Genealogy - Help Needed
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This is a tricky one.
I'm trying to trace the parentage of one Christine McRae born in 1869 in Bundaloch, Kintail. Her birth certificate lists only her mother , one Kate McRae. I don't know if this suggests she was illegitimate. She certainly had an iligitimate daughter herself at the age of sixteen, an Ann McRae who later appears in the 1891 Census in the care of an Isabella McRae, her aunt residing in Helen Street.
Isabelle/a appears to have been a daughter of a John and Mary McRae, but I'm finding no mention of a Kate or a Catherine in their line.
Any help would be greatly appreciated as I'm stumped!

Query posted by : Laura

24 Jun 2014 at 19.31
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Laura, may I suggest that John and Mary Macrae's daughter Christy born 5 Feb 1870 could be Ann's mother rather than Christy whose mother was Kate? John was a Blacksmith in 1861 census with his mother and brother and wife Mary with first child Ann in Helen St Bunda. Blacksmith is the occupation of father on Christy's birth certificate though he seems to leave smithing to his brother later.

Reply posted by : Tina Glen-riddell

26 Jun 2014 at 09.32
 
 
Hi Tina,
Thanks for the reply.I have to say I did consider the possibility with Christy being Ann's mother and ,it would definatly make much more sense and add another generation! :-)
The birth certificate I have lists a Kate McRae who was a housemaid. No mention of a father for Christine. Was interesting though looking at the certificate where she had to make her mark as the mother.
I did find a Kate McRae baptised in 1854 while I was searching but no Isabelle(a) in her line.#I would really like to find out but aware this may become a family mystery!!
Thanks again :-)

Reply posted by : Laura

3 Jul 2014 at 12.01
 
 
Hi Tina,I thought I would give you an update:

On Ann's death certificate (known by that time as Annie Rose) her parents are listed as, James Rose and "Christina McRae aferwards McManus".I found two people matching that name in Dingwall. That Christina definatly had John (occupation - blacksmith) and Mary McRae as her parents on her marriage certificate to Gilbert.
I found the headstone (I think) to both Christina and Gilbert on the Ross and Cromarty Roots website.I'm not sure if its the same Christina although the names and ages match - could be coincidental? I've requested communication to the descendants of the headstone hoping that they research their family tree also.
I guess in my naivity I can't get my head round why a 6 year old would be in the care of an aunt when the parents (at least one ) was living.I suppose there would be all sorts of reasons and I don't suppose I'll ever really know why.
I seem to be finding a few Christina McRaes all with similar birth ages, I hope I'm on the road to the right one. Fingers crossed.x

Reply posted by : Laura

8 Sep 2014 at 21.58
 
 
Hi Tina,I thought I would give you an update:

On Ann's death certificate (known by that time as Annie Rose) her parents are listed as, James Rose and "Christina McRae aferwards McManus".I found two people matching that name in Dingwall. That Christina definatly had John (occupation - blacksmith) and Mary McRae as her parents on her marriage certificate to Gilbert.
I found the headstone (I think) to both Christina and Gilbert on the Ross and Cromarty Roots website.I'm not sure if its the same Christina although the names and ages match - could be coincidental? I've requested communication to the descendants of the headstone hoping that they research their family tree also.
I guess in my naivity I can't get my head round why a 6 year old would be in the care of an aunt when the parents (at least one ) was living.I suppose there would be all sorts of reasons and I don't suppose I'll ever really know why.
I seem to be finding a few Christina McRaes all with similar birth ages, I hope I'm on the road to the right one. Fingers crossed.x

Reply posted by : Laura

8 Sep 2014 at 22.20
 
 
Laura, while you wait for a family member to to come forward you could invest in a few units at scotlandspeople.gov.uk as the birth of all the children are before 1910 and on the birth certificate there should be the date of parents marriage. It should match, at least be close to the one you have for Christina and Gilbert. That grave stone seems to draw them all together.

Reply posted by : Tina Glen-riddell

10 Sep 2014 at 22.12
 
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