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SHDP Newsletter Fall 2017 edition

 2017 Newsletter

WELCOME to the first edition of the Ship Hector Descendants Project (SHDP) newsletter. The project continues to grow and reach descendants from across North America.  It is anticipated that the reach will grow to include descendants from across the globe!

Thanks for subscribing to the SHDP newsletter.  I hope this becomes an informative bit of info for you and provide an opportunity for descendants to connect with each other.

Let's call it Connecting Cousins!    If you'd like to connect with cousins, let me know and I can add your info in the next newsletter.  You might be planning a family reunion or planning a trip to a place that your ancestors lived.  Wouldn't it be great to connect with relatives! 

One request that was made a little while back came from Colin Cameron in Nevada.  Colin is a descendant of Alexander Cameron and Janet Ross, and would like to know if any other descendants has found their researched Alexander & Janet's parents back in Scotland.  If so, please let me know and I will share the info with other Cameron descendants.

To date, several cousins have been connected through the project. 

 
Info of interest .....

BBC DOCUMENTARY ON THE SHIP HECTOR

As many of you would know from a Facebook post some time ago, the BBC released a documentary on the Ship Hector and it was shown on BBC 2 in the summer.  Inquiries have been made with the CBC, however, there is no information as yet re when this documentary might be shown on television in Canada or the US.  As soon as there's something to share, the FB page will be updated. It had been reported that it was on Youtube. 
YOUR FAMILY TREE
It's wonderful that many of you have been in contact regarding your connection to a passenger on the Ship Hector either via the website, Facebook page or email. If you have not yet been directly in touch with the project,  I'd encourage to send an email so we can learn how you are connected.  There are still many puzzles yet to be solved re the pioneer families and their descendants.  I am contacted by many people who believe they are connected but may be missing one key piece of evidence. 
Your family tree might have the answer we've been looking for. 
Please send an email to hectorroots1773@gmail.com outlining your direct ancestral line back to a Hector passenger.  Dates, place names and spouses names are helpful.   Or a link to your online tree would be great too, if you have one. 
Thank you for your assistance!
Nova Scotia resident Victor Fraser, a descendant of 4 Hector passengers, shared photos of his summer trip to Scotland, including a visit to the Little Garve bridge, shown on the right, located near Ullapool (formerly Loch Broom).  A local man (also a Fraser) showed Victor and his sons the area's notable cemeteries, and told him about the Little Garve Bridge.  He indicated that this bridge was on the route Hector passengers would have taken as they travelled to Loch Broom in 1773 to board the Hector.  A memorable experience to walk in ancestors footsteps!
MCCULLOCH HOUSE MUSEUM & GENEALOGY CENTRE - HAGGIS SITE
The HAGGIS online repository of photos, documents, wills, etc is a fantastic resource for finding information about your ancestors in Pictou County.  You never know what you might find there!  There are wills, photos, documents, cemetery records, letters, etc.  Worth a look....
HAGGIS = Hector Archiving Gateway and Genealogical Indexing System
visit HAGGIS website

SHIP HECTOR TRADING COMPANY

Merchandise from the Ship Hector Trading Company is available at various locations in Pictou County, including McCulloch House Museum gift shop: t-shirts, prints, cards, etc.   The project is looking into ways to make this merchandise more easily available to interested descendants.

DO YOU HAVE SUGGESTIONS FOR THE NEXT EDITION? 
IS THERE SPECIFIC CONTENT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE INCLUDED?
LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR SUGGESTIONS & SUBMISSIONS....

 
Little Garve Bridge, built 1767
A few books that feature Ship Hector Descendants
Scotland Farewell, the People of the Hector, Donald MacKay
Sons of the Hector, Leonard Reid
Some Early Scots in Maritime Canada, Vol !, II & III, Terry Punch
Pictonians at Home and Abroad, James M Cameron
The Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia, 1758-1983, a biographical directory, Shirley B Elliott
John Patterson: the Founder of Pictou Town, Frank H Patterson
Old Pugwash Families
 If you are aware of books or resources that feature a Ship Hector passenger or descendant, please pass on the info!!




 
WEBSITE LAUNCH SEPTEMBER 15, 2017
The www.shiphectordescendants.ca  website was "officially" launched at the McCulloch Museum & Genealogy Centre with a presentation of the project history & overview.  A number of descendants attended the launch and met new cousins.  The launch and project was featured in two local newspapers and the ATV Live at Five news.  Needless to say, the attention resulted in many new contacts and descendant connections.   To date the website has had 1804 visitors.  We are looking at a few ideas for website enhancements for 2018. 

BEST OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON TO ALL OF YOU!!






 
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