Digging Up Your Roots


The special Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games edition of this family history programme will be broadcast at 11:05 on Sunday 3rd August on BBC Radio Scotland (Webmaster’s Jottings 2014-03-28). It can be heard online simultaneously (more or less) in the UK at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04cfh70. If you live outside the UK or miss the original broadcast, it will be available online for four weeks from shortly after the broadcast.

At least one TVFHS member responded to the original request for stories, so it will be interesting to hear if it is used.

2 August 2014

Webmaster's Jottings 2014-07-08


Website additions

Following the upgrades to the Society Research Centre, the Research Centre webpage has also been overhauled.

Thanks to Hon. Vice –President Doug Soutar, a new volume has been added to the Out of Print Books section. It is a brochure produced in connection with St John’s (Cross) Parish Church's Grand Fête and Bazaar held in 1913.

In the past, I have put notes on upcoming events in News items. It can be difficult to remember when these events are due, so I have created a What’s On page and from now on, these notices will go there. Links to the page appear under NEWS in the main menu and under Latest News in the sidebar on most pages..

I have been asked to point out that Perth’s A.K.Bell Library is closed on Mondays.  As opening times can sometimes be difficult to find on archive and library websites, I have added links for the archive opening time notices jn the Local Archives, Museums and Libraries section of the Useful Links page.


Beginners’ Classes.

The next course of Beginners' Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings insdtead of on Wednesdays. It is planned to begin the first class at 7 pm on 14 October, 2014, provided there are sufficient numbers wanting to attend.


Commonwealth War Graves Commission Website

CWGC has announced the launch of a new 'Discover 14-18' website and 'CWGC Archives Online' as well as enhancements to the 'Search Our Records' service. This work started on 7th July, 2014 and is causing disruptions to casualty searches.this morning (8th July).

The 'Discover 14-18' website is intended to help people visit CWGC sites and understand their history.

'CWGC Archives Online' has First World War casualty documents showing grave, headstone and memorial registers. It includes concentration registers which record when soldiers’ remains were removed from small, remote graves to larger cemeteries. Any available documents will be available for viewing at the foot of the Casualty Details page.

Update, 9th July 2014. The documents are now viewable at the foot of the Casualty Details page. The Headstone Schedules I looked at include details of the inscription on the stone. There is no link to 'Discover 14-18' on the main CWGC site, but I have found it at http://www.cwgc.org/Discover1418.

TVFHS AGM 2014 - a short report

The AGM was held in Abertay University on the evening of 21st May with Constance Kinnear in the chair. About 30 members attended.

The minute of the 2013 AGM and the 2013-14 accounts were made available prior to the meeting. The minute was approved by the meeting and it and the accounts are now available in the Society Documents section of the website.

Constance presented her Chairman’s report which is also available in Society Documents and will be published in the June journal. The Treasurer’s report is on the website along with the accounts and it will also be in the journal.

Joan Peter (Hon. Secretary) and Stuart Fleming (Hon. Editor) resigned during the year. Ron Thoms (Hon. Treasurer) and Thelma Thornton, Sheila Phillips and Craig Muir (Members of Council) had completed their terms of office. Ron and Thelma had indicated that they were prepared to continue in office The nominations of Marian Irvine and Evelyn Radford as Council Members were accepted. The Hon. President, The Earl of Strathmore & Kinghorne, and the Hon. Vice-Presidents, David Dobson and Doug Soutar, have agreed to continue in these positions. The meeting approved all of these appointments unanimously. The posts of Hon.  Secretary, Hon. Editor and Hon. Publications Co-ordinator are currently vacant.

At the conclusion of the formal Society business, author and journalist Forbes Inglis gave a talk entitled “On Murders and Misdeeds - a tale of murders and public hangings in Dundee and Angus between 1765 and 1900”. The events described involved possible miscarriages of justice or novel points of law and illustrated differences in legal procedures between then and now. The talk was awarded a warm round of applause.

The meeting ended with a cup of tea and biscuits.


8 June 2014.

TVFHS Research Centre Closure

The Tay Valley Family History Research Centre will be closed all day next Wednesday, June 4th, for further work to be carried out on the refurbishment of our premises.

30 May 2014.

TVFHS Annual General Meeting Agenda

The Socety Annual General Meeting takes place next Wednesday evening, 21st May, and the Agenda is available to view by clicking here.


15 May 2014

Latest News

Society Members Get Together
This year's Members and Volunteers get together will take place on Saturday 12th March 2016  from 1.30pm in Dundee Trinity Parish Church Hall. Sandwiches, cakes and tea or coffee will be provided.

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Research Centre Opening Hours
The Council has decided that the Centre will no longer be open on a Thursday evening in the winter months.

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What's On

Calendar of events (updated 6 February 2016)