News Snippets from our Secretary 2012-02-07

The sixth series of “Digging Up Your Roots”, BBC Radio Scotland’s programme on genealogy, is underway. The programme is broadcast each Sunday at 12.05pm (GMT), and offers tips and advice for those who are looking to trace their Scottish ancestors. If you missed it or live outside Scotland, you can catch each episode on the BBC Radio Scotland website for seven days after the original broadcast.

The “Who do you think you are? Live” 2012 show takes place at the Olympia Centre in London, from Friday 24th February to Sunday 26th February, if you fancy a trip to London!  Staff from ScotlandsPeople and the National Records of Scotland will both be in attendance.

Deceased Online is currently uploading thousands of headstone and memorial transcriptions from over 50 burial grounds and cemeteries across Scotland over the next few weeks.  Data for the first 15+ burial grounds, mostly in the Highlands region, are available now, with records for Dundee, Edinburgh, Lanarkshire, the Lothians, Perth and other areas to be added shortly.

Find My Past has produced a TV programme on the theme of the Tay Bridge Disaster of 1879.  It was broadcast originally on 15th December on the Yesterday channel (Freeview channel 12, Sky 537, Virgin Media 203), but it will be repeated on a number of occasions in the near future on the same channels.  The programme focuses on the genealogical trail of the tragedy and contains interviews with descendants of people who were involved in the disaster.  The Find My Past team are hoping that other people who have connections to the tragedy will share their stories on Facebook and Twitter.

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) is carrying out major improvements to change how the National Collection is stored within its Edinburgh premises at John Sinclair House.  Work is scheduled from 1st February to 30th April, and will cause temporary inconvenience to some researchers.  The public search room services will be maintained, but there will be no access to some catalogued drawings and manuscripts.  If you intend to visit, it is advisable to check in advance to ensure that any specific material you require is actually available.

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Historian 105, October 2016Historian 105 eJournal has been uploaded to the website and emailed to those who have requested the electronic version. If you have not received it, please email

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Remembering a Tay Valley victim of the Vietnam War.
A service took place at Birkhill Cemetery on Friday 5th August in memory of Robert (Robbie) Buchan who was killed in action in Vietnam on 11th December 1969..

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