The October Genealogy Blog Party: Through the Stones
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Take a Trip Through the Stones
The show Outlander came back for a new season last month (Sunday nights on STARZ). Not only do I love this show — I’m a sucker for a man in a kilt — but I’m slowly working my way through the books (they’re long but very good).
It would be accurate to say that I’m a big fan. 😊
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the books or the show, Outlander is basically a work of historical fiction (emphasis on the fiction) involving time travel, romance, and a bit of genealogy. This review from Publisher’s Weekly sums it up in a nutshell:
English nurse Claire Beauchamp Randall and husband Frank take a second honeymoon in the Scottish Highlands in 1945. When Claire walks through a cleft stone in an ancient henge, she’s somehow transported to 1743. She encounters Frank’s evil ancestor, British captain Jonathan ‘Black Jack’ Randall, and is adopted by another clan. Claire nurses young soldier James Fraser, a gallant, merry redhead, and the two begin a romance, seeing each other through many perilous, swashbuckling adventures involving Black Jack. Scenes of the Highlanders’ daily life blend poignant emotions with Scottish wit and humor. Eventually Sassenach (outlander) Claire finds a chance to return to 1945 and must choose between distant memories of Frank and her happy, uncomplicated existence with Jamie.
With that in mind, the question for October is:
Q: Imagine that you fell through the stone of an ancient henge and found yourself 200 years in the past. Tell us your story.
- Where did you land (it doesn’t have to be Scotland)?
- Which ancestor(s) did you meet?
- What did you learn?
- BONUS: Will you go back home again?
Feel free to be as creative as you wish. This can be anything from a work of historical fiction to a simple biography of your ancestor(s). Just try to have fun with it!
Can’t go back 200 years?
If you are new to genealogy, and/or your research doesn’t take you back 200 years yet, that’s totally fine. Just go back as far as you can.
Not all stone henges are alike. 😉
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Genealogist, Writer, Web Developer, Educator
Elizabeth O’Neal is passionate about helping others discover, preserve and share their family stories. She hopes her only descendant will someday develop an interest in her ancestry.