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CANADIAN VISITOR TRACES HIS BROUGHTY ANCESTORS

A CANADIAN man researching his Broughty Ferry and Dundee forebears kept the city's Family History Centre and registrar's office busy on Monday as a film crew followed his every move.

Zebedee Nungak was looking for details of his ancestors for a Canadian television programme.

His grandfather, William McKenzie Peter of Broughty Ferry, sailed from Scotland in 1825 to work for the Revillon Freres company in Canada.

Zebedee's mother resulted from a relationship with an Inuit woman, but William returned to Dundee in 1830 and married a local woman in 1933.

They subsequently had a son named William James, and Zebedee, much to his delight, has tracked down 'uncle Bill' who now lives in Glasgow.

Some other relatives from his extended family still live in Scotland and he has also been able to establish that many of his ancestors were millworkers, principally making their living in the Camperdown Works.

The programme is being produced for 'Ancestors in the Attic' which goes out on the Canadian History Television channel. Hosted by Jeff Douglas, it is an irreverent, fast-paced series that uncovers the personal dramas in the subject's family tree.

The crew was obviously impressed with the friendly welcome they received in Dundee, although somewhat daunted by the torrential downpour just after the rush hour!

The Family History Centre in Dundee Central Library unites the functions of the local history library, the registrars and the burials administration in one central location.

This enables researchers to benefit from a wealth of professional experience and resources without having to set foot outside the door.

It is a Scottish first, was opened by the Deputy Registrar General last December, and featured extensively in the April issue of the BBC's 'Who Do You Think You Are' magazine.

 
 
 

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