My maiden name is Beattie. I have been researching my paternal family since 1996 and have found it to be interesting and rewarding. I have made contact with relatives in Glasgow who have come on board to actively assist me in my research. We have become good "email cousins"! I use Family Tree Maker by Broderbund and would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a user-friendly software program to get started. I have two cousins who have also invested in the same software and we can easily exchange files which saves us a lot of extra typing.
I welcome queries from serious researchers who think they may have a link to my tree. However, please send as much specific information as possible. For example: give me the names, date of birth, death, marriage (and spouse names) of persons you are inquiring about. Give me background by adding names of parents, grandparents, etc. where possible. The more specific the information you give, the more I'm apt to be able to compare to information I have.
My research goes back to my fourth great grandparents Alexander Beattie and his wife Elpset Smith. To date, I do not have date of birth or any other information about these two; However, they had a son, William Beattie (b. Nov. 08, 1760 in Fetteresso, Aberdeen; d. May 27, 1856 in Skelmanae, Tyrie, Scotland) who married Elizabeth Crichton (b. Feb. 13, 1763 in New Deer, Aberdeen; d. Unknown).My database contains over 400 family members.
I am a member of the Aberdeen and Northeast Scotland Family History Society and strongly suggest that if you need assistance in finding your ancestors in Aberdeen area it is worth taking out a membership with this society. They have been an immense help in my research. Their email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org and their webpage is: http://www.anesfhs.force9.co.uk/index.htm;