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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Sarah Sundin

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Greetings from Sarah Sundin in California! Today I have the great joy of chatting with CAN’s illustrious leader—our president, Angela Breidenbach! Not only is Angela an accomplished multi-published author, but she has a social media following centered around her cat Muse, she volunteers in her community—and she devotes countless hours to the Christian Authors Network. Let’s give Angela a warm welcome.

Angela, please tell us about your novel, The Debutante Queen, which is also available as an audio book!

1889 (Helena, MT): Calista Blythe enters the first Miss Snowflake Pageant celebrating Montana statehood to expose the plight of street urchins. But hiding an indentured orphan could unravel Calista’s reputation, and her budding romance with pageant organizer, Albert Shanahan, if her secret is revealed. Will love or law prevail?

Angela Breidenbach

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Great concept! What inspired you to write this book?

I love real history and adore Montana. When I learned about how Montana became a state, the drama, the street children, and the drive to be considered legitimately modern, the whole idea caught my fascination. Read More →

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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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The Reluctant Groom
by Kimberly Rose Johnson

Kimberly Rose Johnson is excited to announce that The Reluctant Groom, a modern day marriage of convenience, has released. This is the first book in the Brides of Seattle series.

Read more about it at: http://www.kimberlyrjohnson.com/books.html

 

 

 

 

 

 


Cindi McMenamin, author of 16 books from Harvest House Publishers, announced

When a Woman Overcomes Life’s Hurts
by Cindi McMenamin

this week that her book, When aWoman Overcomes Life’s Hurts (Harvest House Publishers, 2012),  is now available in Spanish. This is her fifth title to be translated into Spanish, joining her other Spanish translations: When Women Walk Alone, When God Sees Your Tears, Women on the Edge, and When a Woman Inspires Her Husband. 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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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Great conferences are happening around the country! Maybe one of our authors are coming to city near you 🙂


ALT="Davalynn Spencer"Davalynn Spencer is speaking Feb. 27 at the University Men’s Club Valentine Banquet
in Canon City, Colorado, on the topic “Who Needs Romance?” Book signing follows
the event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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

Angela Breidenbach

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 of Genealogical Studies to start you off right.
Featured books:
The Lassoed By Marriage Romance Collection
The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection
The Second Chance Brides Collection
The Captive Brides Collection
and more…


Registration has begun for the Moving from Broken to Beautiful® Women’s Retreat October 19–21 at the Springhill Suites Virginia Beach Oceanfront. All rooms are oceanfront, and so is the conference room. Great prices for the room and registration. Go to www.yvonneortega.com/store/

Also, Yvonne will have a TV interview on NiteLine on February 28 and one on Time for Hope on March 1, 2018. She hopes to see a lot of SC friends at that time.

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