I am a descendant of Alexander Beattie and his wife Elpset Smith (both of whom were likely born in the early 1700s).My paternal Beattie ancestors originated from Aberdeenshire, Scotland and were, for the most part, labourers and farmers.
I have been actively researching my family roots since 1996. I am a member of the Aberdeen & North-east Scotland Family History Society and have this society to thank my success in making contact with my living relatives in Scotland and England.
Recently, I have made contact with relatives in Australia. There is a branch of the family tree that emigrated to Australia. To read about that line you can look up Findlay Forbes Johnston. He and his wife and family voyaged from Scotland to Australia on the "Osterley" (ship) in July 1913. Or, you can begin with Alexander Catto Johnston who married Isabella Beattie. Many of these Johnston kin are featured in the wedding photo of Williamina Watson Johnston and John Walker.
For a bit of Family Folk Lore look under the Family History section and click on Surnames. Then click on "Beattie" and go to George Beattie (b. May 05, 1876 d. 1963). Read the notes about "A Historical Day in Estevan, Saskatchewan". It describes a battle my grandfather was involved in when the miners in Bienfait, Saskatchewan tried to form a union and were met with the force of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Contacting Me: If you are curious about someone in my family tree or have a possible link in your family tree, please send me a message by email. Please use the word, "Genealogy" in your subject line of your message to help me with sorting my messages.
Family of Joseph Beattie and Margaret Murray (155 KB) My great grandparents Joseph Beattie (seated left) and Margaret Murray (seated right) with their children (left to right, Margaret Trail Beattie, James Alexander Beattie (a twin, his brother died at age 13), Christina, and George (my paternal grandfather) and Isabella (seated in middle). Probably taken about 1906 just before my grandfather, George Beattie left Scotland for Canada. Note the paper rolled and held in Joseph's hand. It is a mystery but that paper must have had some significance.
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