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Re: Dow, Andrew and/or John c1850's Langholm Scotland
Posted by: Alex Dow (ID *****6925) Date: October 03, 2003 at 02:58:58
In Reply to: Dow, Andrew and/or John c1850's Langholm Scotland by Ian Dow of 2066

Morning Ian

If you want to get some idea of the area and farm in the early 1860s, go to-

Search for-


Select the Dumfries variant.

When that shows up, go to the foot and select-

Enlarged Map

A new window will come up, asking you to wait whilst it pulls out the data. The enlarged map will build up gradually.

Wait until it appears to be "clean", then follow the road downwards.

Hollows and Brookwoodlee will appear.

Now going to familysearch-

Key in the respective "*First Name" and "*Last Name" boxes-

John Dow

Then at the top right, key in the respective Father's Names-

Andrew Dow

In the Year box, put-


In the Year Range box, select-

+ or - 20 years

In the Country box, select-


Then send it off searching.

When it comes back with results, the fourth one looks like yours-

4. JOHN DOW - International Genealogical Index / BI
Gender: Male Birth: 14 APR 1856 Canonbie, Dumfries, Scotland

Click on the coloured "John Dow", to reveal-

British Isles
Search Results | Download | Pedigree



Birth: 14 APR 1856 Canonbie, Dumfries, Scotland


Father: ANDREW DOW Family

The mother's name of Richardson raises the question of "What is your Middle Name?".

Backing out to the first familysearch page,
select at the foot-


Then at the top-right, again put in the Father's respective names,
followed immediateloy below with the mother's.

Do NOT make any other entries.

Select SEARCH, and this will bring up the same John Dow plus two apparent sisters.

Back out to the first familysearch page;
and Delete the mother's last name "Richardson".

Search again.

This will bring up several more results in the International Genealogical Index section, which you will have to scroll down to, ignoring the various "Census" results-these are misleading.

Scrolling through the IGI results shows that there are no other children.

Very few countries include the mother's Last Name, hence trying both ways.

Now go back to the first familysearch page and CLEAR it.

Key in the main boxes-

Andrew Dow

and in the Spouse's boxes-

Ann Richardson

Nothing of significance shows up, unfortunately.

Again delete Richardson

This time in the British Census, there is an Andrew M Dow, born 1853 Dumfries. I wonder ...

Civil Registration started in 1855 for Scotland (1837 E&W, 1864 Ireland), so it could be that this Andrew M is an unrecorded son or a relative or totally unconnected!

Searching for your Andrew Dow's Birth, go back to the familysearch first page and CLEAR it.

Key in to the two main boxes-

Andrew Dow

Selecting 1820, +or- 20 years, Scotland

There are no obvious candidates in the results.

Change the First Name to-


and a Marriage of a John Dow to a Nancy Brand in Dumfries is amongst the returns.

These could be the parents.

But repeating the family group search (top-right entries) does not bring up anything significant.

If you want to harden up on those results and possibly get more fata, go to-
(Credit Card charge)

This is the site of the Registrar General of Scotland; and you can also order copies of any relevant entries.

If your ancestors left Wills/Testaments (only about 5% did), you just might find something on-
(Free Index - in itself can be useful)
(Credit Card charge for copies of documents - can be very interesting)

Also, strictly you should work back from yourself, through the Australian records which generally are very good and informative. Also migration records.

Alex Dow

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