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Last answer by Sandy Shannon 60 months ago +0 votes:
You need to go back to the original sources as much as possible. For example, if you know the country and city or county in which the person was born or in which the person died, start with public records there. You may be able to get help from local authorities on geneology, so identify the geneological societies in those locations and see if they can provide assistance. Unfortunately, ... more
Last answer by Amanda Jones 84 months ago +0 votes:
The origin of the name Steward was an occupational one, from "steward". It's a word from Old English, rather than Scottish Gaelic. Stewards were found in many large medieval households, and ran the home and home farm. The High Steward of Scotland was a hereditary post, and therefore "Stewart" was eventually adopted as a surname by the family. Mary Queen of Scots was born in 1542, and became Q... more
Last answer by Amanda Jones 84 months ago +1 votes:
In some ways, yes. Certainly in the case of royalty in England. There was a prized position in the King's household called "Groom of the Stool" who helped the King wipe himself. more
If so, great site, lots of useful info... Just a small point you may want to modify on your dates, on your “dyes” page in the paragraph for Tyrian Purple: “Production of Tyrian purple almost ceased with the fall of Constantinople in 1453, when Queen Elizabeth was twenty years old.....” Constantinople did indeed fall in 1453, but as to Elizabeth being 20 at the time, I’... more