Meet George Calder who was born in Wick, Caithness in 1842. He emigrated to the USA in 1870, when he was 28, and married and had a family there.
At the age of 80, he decided to return to Scotland to visit his family. He sailed from New York to arrive in Plymouth on 6 July 1923. Presumably he travelled up to Scotland from there as he sailed from Glasgow almost 8 weeks later to return to New York.
George was my first cousin, three times removed. Does it make more sense if I say he was my grandfather’s first cousin, once removed?
This isn’t a family photo. I discovered it when I found his 1923 US passport application on www.ancestry.com
Now meet his daughter Helen
She was born in Hartford, Connecticut in the USA in 1877.
She applied for her passport in 1919.
In addition to the photo, we also get a physical description.
She was 5 feet 10 3/4 inches tall, with grey-blue eyes, brown-grey hair and a light complexion. Her face was long-oval with a straight nose, round chin and a medium mouth.
She was a missionary worker and was planning to travel to China, Japan, Ceylon [now Sri Lanka] and India to inspect missions.
Isn’t the internet wonderful!
I was in the Hyde Park Family History Centre in London yesterday doing some research, and went for a walk to stretch my legs.
A few yards up the road I came across this
a plaque to the 1956 Hungarian Uprising in the wall of 55 Exhibition Road, just opposite Imperial College.
After a lot of digging I’ve discovered that it was sculpted by Frank Kovacs and was unveiled by Lord Birdwood on 13 March 1960 when the building was a Polish Club.
The building still houses a Polish club and restaurant but why the Polish club… anyone know?