Webmaster's Jottings 2014-08-04

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.

The restricted access to Dundee City Archives was at first announced to be until July, but the notice is still on the Archives website.

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

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.

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