3rd Great-Grandfather, Who Wert Thou?

Post date: 2020-10-23 04:52:02
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I've hit a roadblock in my genealogical research, specifically on my Scottish-born 3rd great grandfather. How can I get around it?

I've been doing some genealogical research over the past few years and have found out some amazing things about my family history. But I am hitting a roadblock on the patrilineal line.

I get back as far as my 3rd great-grandfather, James Rae, who was born in Dumfriesshire, Scotland in 1803, and immigrated to Canada in 1827. He married my 3rd great-grandmother Jane Johnston year and location of their marriage unknown], born 1801, whose ethnicity is given as English in the Ontario censuses, and I've been able to piece together an outline of their lives in Canada -- they lived first in New Brunswick and later in Ontario. But though I have done a lot of googling, I can't find out the names of James' parents or siblings and thus can't trace the Rae line back any further.

My 82-year-old dad is interested in hearing about all I've learned, but he's most interested in hearing about the Raes, and I'd really like to find out more about it for his sake. What resources are there for finding this kind of information out, short of my going to Scotland to look at records there? I also can't afford to put any money into this.
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