Paisley Abbey in Glasgow, Scotland
Paisley Abbey in Glasgow, Scotland

Paisley Abbey in Glasgow, Scotland.

Recently my family and I were able to travel around historic Scotland researching our ancestral ties to this beautiful country. One of the amazing places we visited was Paisley Abbey where our ancestors, the Lords Cathcart I & II, were interred. We searched and searched all over the huge church for their tombs. But we needed to know some crucial information.

Traveling Historic Scotland can flip your assumptions 180 degrees.

The interior view of Paisley Abbey's new altar area

The interior view of Paisley Abbey’s new altar area.

Paisley Abbey was built over time in the 12th century. Major benefactors included the Cathcart family. Over the centuries, major benefactors and important people in society were very often buried nearest the altar inside churches. The less important a person in society, the farther from the altar. knowing this, we searched every brick and tomb. We searched all the carvings and stones.

The volunteer guide pointed out Cathcart Aisle and a small alcove behind the choir. We found more recent (1800s) Cathcarts that would be very distant cousins. But no sign of the lords’ gravesites.

 

Then, our guide mentioned that the  huge cathedral had a different design than its original. 

The historic altar had been destroyed as the Paisley Abbey, several times from war and a huge architectural mistake when one of the roof rebuilds crashed down from poor workmanship. Over time, the altar was moved as the abbey was expanded and rebuilt.

But one wall, the Old Wall, still exists.

Cathcart Memorials at Paisley Abbey in the Old Wall

Cathcart Memorials at Paisley Abbey in the Old Wall.

The guide pointed out the difference in the height and narrowness as potentially guards against Viking raids versus the new walls with windows at a more normal height. Then he mentioned the original wall, hidden mostly behind a long line of screens that told the story of the abbey. He pointed out where the original altar likely stood. People commonly interred in the thick walls of historic Scotland’s cathedrals over the centuries.

We’d been searching in the wrong place the entire time because we didn’t know the altar moved!

The ancient Cathcart tomb is a large stone carved in Latin, pretty high up below very narrow windows on the original monastery wall. We all admired the beautiful stained glass, more recently placed, but still gorgeous in the ancient church. Then…

We found them! A long brass plaque beneath the carved words, different centuries and yet the root of our Cathcart roots. Just one branch on our family tree. But I am so happy to have found them and a little more information to share with future generations.

All that time scouring every nook and cranny in the choir, altar, walls, and floor. Often we chase all around the answer, not realizing it’s the wrong spot because of an assumption based on the way things look right now. What a great example those few hours gave me! When I’m methodically searching and not finding, I learned from historic Scotland to ask God to point me in the right direction regardless of my assumptions.

Angela Breidenbach and her daughter pay their respects to ancestors at Paisley Abbey

Angela Breidenbach and her daughter pay their respects to ancestors at Paisley Abbey.

 

Author and genealogist, Angela Breidenbach

Author and genealogist, Angela Breidenbach

Angela Breidenbach uses the research from her travels in her historical novels.

She’s a genealogist and the president of the Christian Authors Network.

You can find her at AngelaBreidenbach.com and on social media with @AngBreidenbach including Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter.

Try one of Angela’s historical novels that include genealogical research like:

 The Captive Brides Collection telling the story of Scottish immigrants who endured indenture to come to the Colonies as the American Revolution is birthed.

Captive Brides Historical Romance Collection

Captive Brides Romance Collection featuring CAN author Angela Breidenbach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pennsylvania State Library, where Angela Breidenbach spent 2 days searching for birth records in circuit riding preacher journals.

Pennsylvania State Library, where Angela Breidenbach spent 2 days searching for birth records in circuit riding preacher journals.

Does Genealogy fascinate you as it does me?

My grandpa used to tell me his family stories. Stories that included farm women dunking their forefingers into coffee cups to see if the farm workers needed their drinks warmed. He sang me old hymns. When those hymns get played in church, and I get to sing them now, I get teary-eyed. He told me his great grandmother was the midwife for Custer’s birth.

And I grew up. Grandpa was long gone. I had no more stories. So I went on a quest to discover the people that had pioneered America, fought in the American Revolution, and been circuit riding preachers, midwives, and teachers. As these stories began to reveal the people I came from, I began to understand who I am and why.

There’s a science to the hobby behind finding your ancestry. A system of research. Specific proofs that help you determine if the person you’re searching for is who you think they are or a similar name. It may just turn you into a history detective like me who loves to write these stories into novels. Come and learn more at my upcoming workshop in Missoula, MT. See below for details.

Discovering Your Ancestry
March 24, 2018 11 a.m.
Garden of Read’n Bookstore
2621 Brooks St, Missoula, MT 59801

Angela Breidenbach teaches Discovering Your Ancestry Mar. 24, 2018 at The Garden of Read'n in Missoula, MT

Angela Breidenbach teaches Discovering Your Ancestry Mar. 24, 2018 at The Garden of Read’n in Missoula, MT

Angela Breidenbach will present how to discover your ancestral stories, start the genealogical research, and how she uses her family stories and history in her novels so you can, too. All in-person attendees will receive gifts including a family tree diagram, a family group chart, and a choice of 1 of 3 genealogy classes from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies to start you off right.

**No registration required. Free family tree chart, family group chart, and 1 class from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

Book signing after the event.

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Want to get to know an author near you? Linda W. Yezak will be in person at the Galveston Island Book Festival.

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Linda W. Yezak

Linda W. Yezak of Nacogdoches, Texas will be participating in the upcoming Galveston Island Book Festival, an opportunity for Texas authors to meet and greet their readers and hopefully gain some new ones. The event will take place Saturday, March 24, 2018, in the Ball High School Cafeteria (its new location, since Hurricane Harvey destroyed the originally planned site), 4501 Avenue O, Galveston, Texas, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Linda W. Yezak
Author/Editor/Speaker
http://lindawyezak.com

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Looking for great parenting tips, Sarah Hamaker has a new parenting blog!

Sarah Hamaker

Sarah Hamaker has a new blog on Patheos called,

Some Assembly Required: Raising Self-Reliant and Confident Childrenhttp://www.patheos.com/blogs/someassemblyrequired

Sarah Hamaker
Certified Leadership Parenting Coach/Freelance Writer
Author of Ending Sibling Rivalry, available now
2015 ACFW Genesis Winner, Romantic Suspense category
www.parentcoachnova.com
www.patheos.com/blogs/someassemblyrequired

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Fellowship and connection.

Creating and Connecting

By Susan G Mathis

Why is our desire to connect with others so important to our human experience, whether in person or through story? While there may be a few hermits and others who are anti-social, most of us long for human interaction. We were, indeed, made for relationship.

We are created in His image, the God who longs to be in relationship—with us! Moreover, God wants us to speak into His creation, so He allows us to be a part of His work on this earth.

How cool is that?

We don’t have to have a degree or a license or anything the world sees important. We don’t have to be articulate or even a great writer or some spiritual giant. He freely beacons us to be His partner in speaking His truth to whomever we meet!

He’s also planted a desire in us to share His truth, whether that’s as a writer, a friend, a parent—whatever! And even more than that, He wants to fulfill a very special purpose in our lives and in the lives of others.

When my children were small, it was such a joy to share the love of Jesus with them. Now as a writer, I get to share that same truth through my writing. In my novel, The Fabric of Hope: An Irish Family Legacy, I have included several of God’s truths in the story, and my prayer is that it will touch people’s hearts just as if I were there, sharing those truths face-to-face.

He gave you gifts and talents to use, and He wants you to express them. And He has a unique ministry, audience, or group that only you can reach. He also wants you to deliver a specific message, and feel the joy of sharing life with others.

How can you connect with someone this week and share God’s love with him or her? I’d love to hear what happens. Go for it!

Dear Lord, It’s too easy to turn away from others. Help us to turn toward other people to experience the connection and fellowship you gifted us with. In Jesus name, Amen

About the author: Susan Mathis is the author of The Fabric of Hope: An Irish Family Legacy and four other books. She is the vice president of Christian Authors Network and the Founding Editor of Thriving Family magazine and former Editor of 12 Focus on the Family publications. She has written hundreds of articles and now serves as a writer, writing coach, and consultant. For more, visit www.SusanGMathis.com.

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The word on the street about Captive Brides Collection with Christian Authors Network members Angela Breidenbach and Darlene Franklin is great reviews for this Barbour Publishing book with 9 historical romance stories releasing tomorrow, Oct. 1st!

Captive Brides Historical Romance Collection

Captive Brides Romance Collection featuring Angela Breidenbach and Darlene Franklin

Review: The Captive Brides Collection is a wonderful selection of nine tales dealing with captivity. Captivity may be physical, mental or spiritual. It is anything that binds us against our will. The reader travels from America to Australia, from 1655 to the late nineteenth century. The stories have similar themes of injustice, prejudice, trust, redemption, new beginnings and second chances, and fighting for freedom.

Down the ages women (and men and children) have been exploited by the greedy and the grasping. However there are good men who will fight this injustice. Good old fashioned knights in shining armour.

A perfectly delightful collection. I have my favourite. Pick up a copy today and see which one you like best. — UK reader, Julia Wilson (Read the Full review)

 

*****

Linda Kozar

Linda Kozar, (TX) CAN Board Member

Word on the Street about Linda Kozar:

Congratulations to Linda Kozar for her new contract with DaySpring to write a 90-day devotional titled, “Sweet Tea For The Soul.” She completed the book in July. The gift-book quality devotional releases in January 8th, 2018 and will be sold wherever DaySpring items are sold, online as well.

 

 

*****

Word on the Street about Julie B. Cosgrove:

Congratulations Julie B. Cosgrove for winning with her short story, “The Highway Chair”, a tie for first place, in the Inspirational category for a Texas statewide contest of short stories. Her story is included in the collection of 2017 first place winners. $2 of each sale goes toward state funded literacy programs in Texas. http://books.txauthors.com/product-p/tass3.htm

2017 Texas Short Story Winner

2017 Texas Short Story Winner

 

 

 

 

 

*****

When Tides Turn

Word on the Street about Sarah Sundin’s latest World War II novel, When Tides Turn, was named to Booklist’s “Top 10 Romance Fiction” of 2017!

Booklist said, “Sundin’s latest inspiring tale of forbidden love, intrigue, and faith in the U.S. Navy during WWII pairs steely Dan Avery of the Anti-Submarine Warfare Unit with Tess Beaumont, a Boston shopgirl who joins the cause.”

The full list is available here: https://www.booklistonline.com/Top-10-Romance-Fiction-2017/pid=9083498

 

 

*****

Grace Fox, Topics: Life of Fearless Faith * A Woman Who Soars * Passport to Freedom *

Grace Fox (Canada), Topics: Life of Fearless Faith * A Woman Who Soars * Passport to Freedom *

Word on the Street is Grace Fox will speak at two weekend-long women’s retreats in British Columbia this month. In November, she’ll lead a women’s volunteer team to minister among HIV-infected orphans, abused women, and abandoned grannies in Romania.

http://www.qwanoes.ca/retreats/womens/

http://www.nlbc.bc.ca/calendar/26/36-Women-s-Weekend

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