Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Cooking up a bit of history!

So, having been inspired by a Margaret Fulton documentary last night on TV, I have decided to translate great grandmother East's (Connie) recipe books into digital form. Once all typed up I will publish the recipes in hard cover book format so that anyone in the family can have their very own copy. The first edition will be all about sweets and I'll also make some of the recipes so that I can include photographs. Best get cooking!

Monday, 5 April 2010

Kilwinning - Keil memorial & Speybank home

Finally, here are the photos from the our visit to Kilwinning, Scotland in 2009. We first found the memorial for the Keil family after searching high and low with the help from the cemetary attendants. Afterwards, Mark realised that we had driven past the family home 'Speybank' on the way into town (having remembered the photos he'd seen already), we located it.

Thursday, 4 March 2010

The "McClintock effect"

Interesting name connection!


The McClintock effect, also known as menstrual synchrony or the dormitory effect, is a theory that proposes that the menstrual cycles of women who live together (such as in prisons, convents, bordellos or dormitories) tend to become synchronized over time.

Friday, 13 November 2009

Been there, done that

On 28th October, Mark and I visited Kilwinning, Scotland as part of our UK holiday - the ancestral home of the Keil family. Searched the cemetery for the memorial for Alexander Keil, along with Connie and other relatives. Also found the family home 'Speybank' - a beautiful house. Will post photos soon.

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

first interviews

Second interview is in the can. We now have about an hour and twenty minutes of footage, and about 3 minutes of it is usable... ahhh. I jest. Once I've cleaned out my computer I'll magically digitise a short excerpt and post it here for your embarrassment.

First interview with Ian Milligan (March 20) went well, although we ran out of tape with plenty of area left to cover so we'll need to schedule a follow up pretty soon. Aunt Jenny also acquiesced and we got a couple of anecdotes from her on tape today.

Still to come in the preliminary interviews (let's call them "tier 1 interviews" are Dee Milligan and both grandparents on the McClintock side, Phil and Lex.

As a side note, Ian provided us with a transcript of an audio interview he recorded with his mother (our great grandmother) way back in 1985-ish. We'll need to find out if the audio still exists, if so it will be invaluable.

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Stay tuned for moving pictures...

Soon enough, we'll have some talking and moving captured on video. Very exciting stuff. Visiting Grandpa on Friday to talk history! Watch this space. :)

Friday, 13 March 2009

Friday - DAY 1 (let's start this)

ok, so RDO's are great huh? More time, less work. In reality yes, but overall not great on the back pocket. But anyhow, that's the reality of the current time, so I'm going to put my foot down and do something about my previous lack of effort on this project.
Grandpa - watch out. Paul and I are coming to film you and Grandma... :)

Friday, 13 February 2009

slack, slack, slack

Ok, so I'm really slack and haven't done any research in months. I will be having some extra time off from work (times are tough and now will be working a 9 day fortnight with 10% pay cut, grrrr) and that means i'll have no excuse not to get on to researching!

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

creating excitement

have let the grandparents all know about our project - and all seem very excited about it. it looks like we'll actually be able to dovetail off a lot of research that both sides have done already (read - less work for us!).
Can't wait to actually have some proper time to dedicate to this ... wish i didn't have to work to live.

Saturday, 11 October 2008

milligan means...

Surname: Milligan
Recorded in the spellings of O'Milligan, Miligan, Milliken, Milikin, Mulligan, Mullikin, Millican and possibly other forms, this interesting surname of Irish origin is an anglicized form of the pre 10th century Gaelic O Maolagain, although also widely recorded in Scotland. The name translates as the "descendant of Maolagan", a personal name from a double diminutive of "mael" and meaning "bald". As such it is probably an affectionate nickname for a monk or disciple, somebody who shaved their head as a sign of devotion. In the 20th century the surname is found mainly in Ulster, and to some extent in County Sligo. It is one of the most ancient of Irish surnames with recordings dating back to the mid 13th Century, (see below). Other examples of the recordings include Thomas Ameligane in 1477, and Thomas Amuligane in 1485, both recorded in the book known as Black's "Surnames of Scotland". Other examples include Andrew Milligan, who married Sarah Planere on May 25th 1697, at St. Paul's church, Covent Garden, Westminster, and Richard Alfred Milliken (1767-1815), a Cork attorney, who is also remembered as the author of "The Groves of Blarney". Alice Milligan who ied in 1953, who was born at Omagh, was a poetess of distinction and a well known figure in the Irish literary movement. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Molior Omolegane, which was dated 1264, in Dublin. This was during the reign of King Henry 111of England, known as "The Frenchman", 1216 - 1272. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.