I have, after much thought, decided to change the name of the website. While the name James Ford Ancestors reflected my initial research my study has now expanded well past James Ford and his family. Cumbrae was a small island situated in the middle of the Firth of Clyde in Scotland which witnessed the increasing volume of sea traffic that sailed forth beyond the estuary and over the horizon taking people and goods to parts of the world which had only been discovered a few decades earlier.
As a result my own investigations have undergone something similar. Not that I have discovered any new continent, rather, I found that the lives of my ancestors hold more than simply names that can be attached to family tree. Their lives are far more interesting and in this respect, far more challenging for the researcher. What propelled them to buy a ticket for a four month voyage to a far away land on a sailing ship that had every chance of not reaching its destination? One such list identified 775 shipwrecks on the Australian run. What possessed my ancestors to undertake such a perilous undertaking? And, once arriving in Australia, what then? There was no social security system in place, little in the way of medical care, and the land was roamed by gangs of ex-convicts preying on the weak and vulnerable.
My research has therefore expanded as my interest rose. It has therefore seem good to reconsider the name of the website in relation to my renewed interest.
As I only recently changed the name to The Wright Inheritance why change again to A Community of Feuars.
When Samuel Ford married Margaret Wright on the island of Cumbrea it seems that the marriage not only bought some security and prestige to the family, the union also linked the family with a community of like minded people, the feuars. And it was this community of feuars that forms a narrative thread that runs through the generations down to the present day.
I have also found that in the process of writing and publishing my own book on the ancestry of Samuel Ford I needed to register an International Standard Book Number (ISBN). In order to obtain an ISBN I then had to register the name thinking that the title A Community of Feuars: Heritage of Samuel Ford best reflected my research at that time. In the interim it appears that Google Books has found my registration and published the information on their Books website again proving how quick the internet can retrieve information.
However, in order to circumvent enthusiastic search engines and their algorithms the title of the forthcoming book will remain In Company of Feuars: Heritage of Samuel Ford. A preview of the cover appears below.