The following links may prove useful to anyone embarking on further family history research. Please let me know through the “Comments” section below if any of these links is not working correctly:

  • Cumnock Connections: An online public genealogy tree containing close to 50,000 names and relationships of people who lived in the town of Cumnock, Ayrshire. It is administered by the Cumnock History Group.
  • Cumnock History Group: An active group of family history researchers providing online information, photos, maps and historical information on the town of Cumnock, Ayrshire.
  • Streetmap UK: A site for finding detailed place and road features in the United Kingdom. These maps are particularly good for finding old farm names and landscape features that regular street maps do not have.
  • National Library of Scotland Maps: This excellent site has many town plans for Scotland (and some for England as well) spanning the period 1580–1940. These maps are vital for finding streets and places that are no longer found on modern maps.
  • Archi Maps: Old Maps of Britain: This is an excellent resource that has stitched together late 19th-century maps of almost the entire landmass of the United Kingdom. The maps are contiguous, so you can examine rural areas as well as cities, towns and villages. There is a slider control that will allow for a viewer to overlay the modern map so that changes can be seen.
  • Date Calculator: A site that will allow you to calculate the years/months/days between and two dates, or calculate the day of the week for particular dates. You can also add/subtract various periods of time to a particular date.
  • ScotlandsPeople: The online resource for the National Records of Scotland. It provides indexes and downloadable images for all births, marriages and deaths for surviving Old Parish Records and the Statutory Registers from 1855 onwards. There are also census records from 1841 to 1911, and other records like wills, valuation rolls, poor relief and migration. Charges are administered via purchased points, and the current charge for most downloads is about £1.50 (6 points).
  • ScotlandsPlaces: This is a free resource to explore thousands of records about Scotland by searching for a place name, clicking on a map, or typing in a postcode. Search results bring together three national collections to easily find maps, photographs, and written records about a chosen place.
  • Mull Families: An online database for researching families that came from the Hebridean islands of Mull, Tiree and Coll. This site has nearly 100,000 names and is a member’s only site. Present memberships fees are £8 per year, or £20 for life.
  • Queensland Births, Deaths & Marriages: This is the Queensland government’s online service for family history research. Searching is free but, to view a document, you must pay $22.90 to download the PDF.
  • Family Search (LDS): This is a free genealogical search facility run by the Church of Latter Day Saints. This site has access to a huge range of records from many countries. Although free, you must register as a member to gain access to its search facilities. Once you have an account, you can upload your own family tree data (gedcom file).
  • Queensland Family History Society: The QHFS an incorporated body with its own library and resource centre located at Chermside on Brisbane’s north side. Access to the library and online services is restricted to members. The QHFS has several active interest groups, and regularly runs lectures for both new and advanced researchers. The current new-membership fee is $84 for a single, and $119 for a dual (renewals are slightly cheaper).


Useful Links — 5 Comments

  1. Hi Craig,
    Old Cumnock and Auchinleck are two different parishes, and if a marriage is recorded in both, it usually indicates that the bride and groom are from the different parishes, but have their marriage registered in both – I have quite of few of those in my tree.
    I’ve had a look at Cumnock Connections (, which is run by the Cumnock History Group. I couldn’t see a match for a Jean Watson and a John Geddes, but you could always look at that site and see if you can identify those people from their very large index.
    None of my “Craig” relatives ever migrated to Canada, as far as I know – in fact, my mother’s family mostly went to the US or Australia, but my paternal relatives just seemed to stay in Scotland (i.e. until my mum and dad dragged me out to Australia in 1950!)
    Glad you enjoyed the story!
    Good luck with your research,

  2. Interesting reading but you seem to have concentrated on maternal surnames to the exclusion of the patriarchal Dubickas in this article. I’m a Dubickas by marriage. My son has just spent six years studying in Vlinius and undertook masses of research into the family name, There’s a sizeable number of Dubickas still in Lithuania since our branch of the family had 13 sons. The Lithuanian government archives in Vilnius have extensive records and is cheap to do family research. Our branch of the family migrated to Scotland in 1905 to Carfin and then eventually to Newtongrange outside Edinburgh. We live in Brisbane.

    • Yes, the Dubickas name is not in my direct bloodline. My grandmother’s older half-sister (Annie Simanavičiūtė) was widowed in 1921, and I am in touch with many of her descendants (some of them here in Brisbane). In 1938, Annie re-married to a Vincas (Willie) Dubickas, and my mother and her cousins remembered him quite fondly. I understand his parents were Juozas (Vincent) Dubickas and Eva Sankiūtė. Annie and Willie had no children together, but Willie had divorced his first wife, Ona Stanoniūtė in 1930, and they had one boy: Juozas Dubickas, who I think lived in Leeds, England.

  3. Hi Craig,
    Just came across this page referencing the Galt family. We are actually heading back to Ayrshire this year in an attempt to see some of the family’s roots prior to emigrating to the US. I was wondering if you had any Scotland based contacts that may be able to help us find areas that were important to the family. James Galt (1695 -1778) would have been my 7th GG if that helps. Our branch moved to WI > MN > North Dakota and Montana.

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