Yesterday, I decided to revisit beta.familysearch.org to look for any possible new records they may have added to their database. My first query was for the “Kelty” surname in Manchester, England. The Kelty surname is on my fathers side. Bingo! I quickly found some new related birth records. Since I was not really prepared to do in depth “Kelty” research, I moved onto the next surname that popped into my head. That name was Beattie.
Jonathan Beattie is my great great grandfather on my mother’s side. He was born in Kirkcudbright, Scotland in 1829 and is the second child of Robert Beattie (b. abt 1804) and Elizabeth Gordon (b. abt 1807). He left Kirkcudbright for the United States in 1842 at the age of 17 and was the only one of nine brothers and sisters that came to the United States. This family surname has always been a favorite of mine to research. I have had tremendous success mapping out all the branches of Jonathan’s descendants and have even become good friends with some of the new found cousins.
Well, today the Beattie family tree just got much bigger. I queried for a “Robert Beattie” born in 1804 in Kircudbright (Jonathan’s father). Shoot… no direct matches found. But the third listing from top was a Robert Beaty, born 10 Feb 1804 in Kircudbright to Robert Beattie and Ann Cameron. Could that be him?