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Updated January 8, 2011

About Our Family Research

In 1994 I began to research our roots. The end result was a 300 page book I gave to my mother that year for Christmas.

I was particularly interested in finding the connnection to David Livingstone of the famous "Dr. Livingstone I presume?" quote. I found the connection, David's neice Mary married my great-grandfather John Campbell in Minesing, Ontario, Canada.
I'm interested in finding out more about David's parents: Neil Livingstone and Agnes Hunter.

An excerpt from the Life and Work of David Livingstone - by J.J. Ellis "When Neil's father died he called all his sons around him, and told them how his own father had died at Culloden fighting for the misguided Stuarts. The old man described six generations of Livingstones, and concluded with the following remarkable and earnest words: "I have searched into our past, but I cannot discover one dishonest man among all our ancestors. If, therefore, any of you, or any of your children should take to dishonest ways, it will not be because it was in our blood; it does not belong to you. I leave this precept with you - BE HONEST."

This passage has left me with curiosity on these 6 generations of Livingstones....

Family names from my mother's side: Rogers, Campbell, Bremner, Livingstone
Family names from my father's side: Brunt, McLean

I enjoy receiving emails from others that are sorting out their family trees.

In February 2009 we moved from Vancouver to Alliston, Ontario - which is just a few miles from where my grandparents grew up! What goes around, comes around...

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