“Where did I come from?”
A question little children ask their parents.  It is also a question that, as we grow older (and for us, old) we ask ourselves, and we ask for help from others to guide us down the path to greater understanding of our forebears.  Among those we ask are experts in the area of genealogy, and we are fortunate to have Ronald W. Collins as our guest for a Casual Conversation on Wednesday, December 14 at 4:30 pm Eastern (US).  When asked at the Dartmouth Skiway at the 75th Birthday Party for suggestions as to who might be an interesting conversant for the Class, Andy McLane unhesitatingly recommended Mr. Collins, who had prepared a genealogy for Andy’s family.  Andy asked Mr. Collins if he was willing, and the response was that Mr. Collins would do so, but only because Andy asked him.
Here is a bio prepared by Andy for his friend’s Casual Conversation:

Ronald W. Collins, has written over thirteen history, genealogy and literary books. His works include:

  • The Genealogy of the Clan MacLean;
  • American and European Descendants of Charlemagne, in two volumes;
  • American and European Descendants of William the Conqueror, in three volumes;
  • The McLanes – The Origin of the Clan;
  • The McLanes – A New Hampshire Clan;
  • The History of Governor Nathaniel Berry;
  • Sergeant John Ordway, A History with his Genealogy;
  • and many other genealogies, all available on Amazon.

Ron is also a recognized poet. His collected work has been published under the title Found There. He has also edited four anthologies of poetry and prose: Shadows of Water, Hills of Light, Valley of Ice, and Angles of Life.
All of Ron’s historical and genealogical works were published after he retired from a successful business career as a vice president of Polaroid Corporation and the European Managing Director of Polaroid’s Graphic Arts Division. Following that he was the President and CEO of an international high-tech company. He lives in Hebron, NH. He is a member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the Scottish Genealogical Society and the Mull Museum. Ron is the Senior Genealogical Curator for ScotsNewEngland (www.ScotsNewEngland.org). He is the Consulting Archivist for Sir Lachlan MacLean, 28th Chief of Clan MacLean at Duart Castle, Isle of Mull, Scotland.
“Where did I come from?”  The question generates a life-long quest for answers.  Continue your journey by joining us on Wednesday, December 14 at 4:30 pm Eastern Time (US) on Zoom.  The usual rules apply.  Send me an email at arthur.fergenson@ansalaw.com by close of business on Monday, December 12.
Arthur Fergenson (whose grandmother was born in The Gorbals, Glasgow in 1880/81 of Jewish immigrants from Poland, and who later immigrated to Fitchburg MA).


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