I’d like to use this website to document what I’ve been able to put together about early Cavers family trees, particularly the ones that are harder to piece together using surviving records.
My plan is to start by documenting those trees I’ve been able to piece together despite them barely appearing in parish registers. Sometimes the only clues to family trees come from later BMD certificates (it’s fortunate that Scottish civil registration certificates are so detailed), or census returns, or a mix of the two. With Scottish pre-1855 Cavers references we can’t assume that people will appear in the parish registers. Often Cavers families are completely missing from these standard records, or only partially recorded, for example marriages but no baptisms, or only some children baptised. This makes piecing together the genealogies more of a challenge. Indeed Cavers family references only start to appear in bulk in the parish registers from the mid 18th century onwards, and it is only from then that the families can be linked to later descendants.
I won’t carry the genealogies too forward in time. My aim is to establish the early known origins of each Cavers family. But I will indicate where there are known lines of descent, including for example emigrants to England or to Canada.