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I have found Robert Donaldson and wife Margaret on the 1851 and 1861 census living in Bathgate West Lothian (Robert died 1865). The children are listed as Mary c1836 James c1838, Margaret 1842, Archibald 1845, Jessie/Janet 1851. I have managed to find the births on the IGI for the last 3 children, but no trace of the eldest 2. The census says they were all born in Bathgate, I have even been on Scots Origins and tried to find them elsewhere, but no luck. I also found the marriage for parents in Bathgate 1835 Can anyone help, or at least tell me why the children are not listed on the IGI records.
Thanks
 
Hi, I have been on Scotlands People, I don't know whats wrong (maybe its me) but I can't even find the births of the children I already know?
 
Yes its the eldest two, Mary and James that I can't find birth records for, and yet they are on the census. I am confused, why would the siblings births be registered but not those two ?
 
Yes its the eldest two, Mary and James that I can't find birth records for, and yet they are on the census. I am confused, why would the siblings births be registered but not those two ?

hmmn it does seem abit odd, Mary 'could' be a pet name. She might be a Margaret?

let me have a look on LDS
 
Yes Margaret (mother) was called Heugh. I have Janet, Archibald, Margaret births, but not Mary or James. On IGI I cant find any more children belonging to Robert Donaldson and Margaret Heugh ? Its really weird.
 
I wish I was more familiar with SP and scottish searching in general, but i'm not, I did wonder if the parish records would assist you further, but am not sure.

LDS is a weird creature, if you use Hugh wallis's site that has all extracted entries on it, from the LDS, whereas if you use Familysearch it can be either submitted, extracted or figment of the imagination!!

just wish i could be of more help :(
 
Hi I am descended from Robert Donaldson & Margaret Heugh through their son Archibald. I may be able to help with your enquiry.
 
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