The Society’s AGM will be held on Wednesday, 20th May, 2015 at 7:15 pm in the University of Abertay, Bell Street, Dundee. One of the items of business is the election of office bearers and Council members. To download the notice of the vacancies to be filled click here, and for the agenda click here.
As usual, the meeting will be followed by a talk. The speaker this year is our own Angus Gellatly and the title of his talk is Metagama, Canadian Pacific Line. Launched in 1914 at the Barclay, Curle & Co shipyard on the Clyde the Metagama first crossed the Atlantic in 1915. She carried many emigrants from Scotland to Canada in the 1920s. After 151 North Atlantic roundtrips she was laid up in 1930 and scrapped in 1934. It promises to be most interesting.
7 March 2015
We now have a connection to the internet.
8 December 2014
For some days, the Society has had a problem with our Service Provider and the Research Centre has had no connection with the Internet, despite every effort by Members of Council. We hope this problem will be fixed soon and when it is, a notice will be posted here. If you plan to come in to do research which requires access to the Internet, please check on the Website or phone the Centre.
The website is not affected and the Webmaster can access the site and emails from home, though it may take longer than usual to respond to them.
A related problem has prevented our Membership team from processing registrations and renewals. Our apologies go to new members who have not received their membership number and details.
Christmas / New year break.
The Centre will be closed for the festive season from 12 noon on Saturday 20th December 2014 until 10 am on Monday 5th January 2015.
A volunteer in the news
A photo of a familiar face in the Centre on Friday mornings has appeared on a tattoo. For more details, including a short video, go to The Courier website.
Our web designer, zenelements, has updated the software which operates behind the scenes on the website. There have been some problems, as often happens when new programs are introduced. One which a few people may have noticed was payment through PayPal. This has been corrected.
A change visible on the site is the login page. If you forget your password, it is now quick and easy to set a new one by clicking on Forgotten your password? under the Login button. Follow the instructions and you will receive an email with a verification code. Copy the code and paste it in the relevant field on the verification page which opens after you request the code or which you can open by clicking the link in the email. If this page asks for a Username, this is your Member ID.
Another new feature is that you can change your password. To do so, login to Account Details and click on Edit Profile; you can then set a new password. To be registered to access the Members’ Area for the first time, you must still request a password using Website Enquiries on the Contact Us page.
Additions in the Members’ Area
There is a Help Wanted request to identify people and a place in a photograph. Perhaps you can help.
A new page called Where to Find… has been added. It is meant to augment the Where to Introductory Guide, the latest edition of which can be downloaded from the page.
Updates of earlier items
The Digging Up Your Roots Commonwealth Games special is now available on the iPlayer webpage, but only for a week, not the four weeks that I stated earlier. I’ve changed What’s On to reflect this. I had been under the impression that items on iPlayer were being made available for longer. There is a Fife related story and TVFHS and Fife FHS got a mention.
Doors Open Days dates and locations are now available for most council regions in the Tay Valley area. The exception is Perth & Kinross. You can find the dates and links to the lists of locations on the What’s On page. Perth & Kinross will be added when known – watch for the new symbol next to the button. The TVFHS Research Centre’s door will be open on Saturday, 13th September. For more information, click here.
Finally, on the 4th August, an update on two sites commemorating those who served in the Great War. On the previously reported Lives of the First World War site, names were taken from UK medal cards. Now, names taken from Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) attestation records have been added. That site remembers all who served in WWI, both killed and survivors. A new site, Every Man Remembered, has recently been created which commemorates only the dead. It is operated by the Royal British Legion in conjunction with CWGC, and includes the names of people who served with all Commonwealth forces.
Broughty Ferry War Memorials Display
From August 4th and throughout the month during library opening hours, there will be a small display of photos of the War Memorials that can be found in the Broughty Ferry churches which commemorate the men who lost their lives in The Great War, 1914-1918.
A Remembrance Book will be available for people to write details of anyone they wish to pay tribute to.
Tombs of the Dundee Howff site update
The Tombs of the Dundee Howff site has been improved and updated. While the improvements make it easier to use on mobile devices, older, pre Windows Vista, versions of Internet Explorer are no longer supported. However, alternative browsers, such as Firefox, Chrome and Opera, work for Windows XP users.
Additions to content include:
- sections to cover unlisted memorials, fragments and unidentified eroded stones
- 1906 new pictures across approx 1600 memorial pages; these have higher resolution than the original photographs which have been left online to show any deterioration that may have happened in the last 10 years
- number of newspaper articles
Items to be added soon:
- more photographs which have been taken and with the aid of a step ladder to give a better perspective of the large flat and coped stones.
- inscription details and additional information regarding missing memorials
- an expanded history of the Howff