Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - QUESTIONS & ANSWERS - by Sara Khan, lead ge­neal­o­gist on Who Do You Think You Are?

Lulu hails from Glas­gow. Much like other peo­ple with Glaswe­gian an­ces­try, her fam­ily was af­fected by the sec­tar­ian con­flict that blighted the city in its past.

The singer’s mother, Eliz­a­beth Kennedy Cairns, came from a mixed back­ground as her pa­ter­nal side (the Cairns) were Catholic and her ma­ter­nal side (the Kennedys) were Protes­tant. In­deed, Lulu’s ma­ter­nal great grand­mother, He­len Orr Kennedy, was a se­nior mem­ber of the Or­ange Or­der in Glas­gow.

We were able to learn about He­len’s in­volve­ment with her lo­cal Or­ange Or­der Lodge in Bridgeton through ex­ten­sive records still kept by the in­sti­tute. In par­tic­u­lar, we man­aged to gain ac­cess to the Lodge’s min­utes (signed by He­len her­self), which gave us plenty of in­for­ma­tion about her ac­tiv­i­ties. More in­for­ma­tion about the Or­ange Or­der ar­chives can be found at or­ange­order scot­land.com. News­pa­pers also were very use­ful, as we found a de­tailed obit­u­ary for He­len in The Belfast Weekly News. Copies can be found on­line at bri­tish news­pa­per ar­chive.co.uk and find­my­past. co.uk.

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