After retiring in 2008, Brian Maclachlan began pursuing his family history through Ancestry.com, MyHeritage.com, and Scotland’s People. His research connected him with extended family members in several countries including Scotland, England, Canada, and the United States. Brian’s research focus is on the passenger lists of the SS Torilla and the SS Roscommon. He found documentation showing these ships brought his parents to Australia in the early 1900s.
Questionable facts popped up regarding some of Brian’s ancestors on various genealogy sites. He stumbled across an ancestor born in the 1400s who, apparently, had a child in the 1800s! More errors on birth certificates, ancestors who had been medically misdiagnosed, and family living in Poor Houses in the mid-1800s.
Brian realized he needed a way to prove or disprove the information. In 2014, he started classes with the International Institute of Genealogical Studies in the countries of his family’s origins. He continued his education with GenealogicalStudies.com online and his list of certificates grew to include DNA and Genetic Genealogy, Professional Development, Methodology, and several countries. To date, Brian has taken 167 courses and earned 10 certificates! He continues even now with his studies and looks forward to earning certificates in Italian and Scottish Records with the two new professors at IIGS.
Brian’s wife, Jill, and his family have been supportive of his research and educational goals from the beginning. He credits this love and support for his achievements.
Brian has written two books about his life, his ancestors, and his travels around the world. He’s a member of the Society for Australian Genealogists (SAG), volunteers his time and expertise with the University of the Third Age (U3A) and is building his website: dataedgegenealogy.com.
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