Access to Dundee City Archives from Monday May 19th until July
The next phase of the Caird Hall Improvements will mean that building work will close access to the Archives via 14 City Square from Monday 19th May until sometime in July.
Information on alternative access arrangements can be found on the Archives website. .
Further Deceased Online coverage for North East Scotland
Deceased Online’s project to digitise records for all burial sites managed by Aberdeenshire Council continues and there are over 50 sites available at www.deceasedonline.com. The latest sites include: Alford, Corgarff, Echt, Ellon, Gartly and Keithall with records dating back to 1866.
In North East Scotland, Deceased Online already includes all of Angus Council’s records and half of Aberdeen City.
General Register Office Northern Ireland (GRONI) records
BMD records for Northern Ireland can now be viewed online. It operates on a similar basis as ScotlandsPeople in that credits can be purchased and spent to view records.
Before you search the records you need to register for an account and buy some credits. You can buy a minimum of one credit, up to a maximum of 200. A credit costs £0.40.
After purchasing the initial credit to allow searching, basic search results are free, but give a significant amount of information, e.g. for a birth - registration number, date of birth, child's surname, child's first forename, sex of child, mother's maiden name, registration district.
Enhanced results give additional information and are charged at one credit. For a birth - birth date, child's second forename, district of birth, father's forename and surname, mother's forename and surname.
Images of the register entry can be viewed for 5 credits.
Credits are more expensive than on ScotlandsPeople, but more information is obtained for a single credit.
Online register records are births from 1st January 1864 until 100 years ago, marriages from 1st April 1845 (Roman Catholic marriages from 1st January 1864) until 75 years ago, deaths from 1st January 1864 until 50 years ago, There is a separate World War II death register.
For full details, go to Searching GRONI records and use the menu on the right hand side of the page.
Census and other records for all Ireland have been available free online for some time and can be viewed at The National Archives of Ireland.
GRO records are not online
While statutory BMD registers are now available online for Scotland and Northern Ireland, this is not the case for England and Wales. An e-petition has been set up to request the UK Government to rectify this position. Any UK resident can “sign” it. 100,000 signatures are required for the matter to be debated in Parliament. So far there are just over 5,000 signatures and the petition closes at 09:15 on 25th March 2015. If you live in the UK and have any English or Welsh relatives, it will be worth while signing on.
The Imperial War Museum, in association with DC Thomson Family History, has set up the Lives of the First World War website to commemorate people who served in that war. It is free to become a "Member" to search for a name and add information about that person. However, there is an option to “Search Official Records” relating to the person, but to see the records you have to become a “Friend”, i.e.. pay a subscription. The records available appear to be from databases on findmypast, which is also operated by DC Thomson.
There are threads on Tay Valley Bridges relating to the last two items.
Members are reminded that the Annual General Meeting of the Tay Valley Family History Society will be held in the University of Abertay, Room 3004, Bell Street, Dundee on Wednesday, 21st May, 2014 at 7.15 pm.
Following the meeting there will be a talk by Forbes Inglis on Murders and Misdeeds - a tale of murders and public hangings in Dundee and Angus between 1765 and 1900. Forbes Inglis is a freelance writer based in Montrose. He has a wide range of writing interests and his work, both text and photographs, has appeared in newspapers and magazines in the UK, the USA and Australia. In his home town, he contributes to the Montrose Review Gable Ender column and to Montrose FC match programmes. In addition, he is the author of three books: Phantoms and Fairies: Tales of the Supernatural in Angus and Dundee (2010); The Sea Enriches: A Gable Ender's Trawl Through Time, (2012); Murders & Misdeeds: Angus and Dundee 1765-1900 (2013).
It promises to be a most interesting evening.
SAFHS Conference 2014
A final reminder that the 25th Annual Conference of The Scottish Association of Family History Societies takes place in Dunfermline next Saturday, 26th April, 2014. The theme is A Matter of Life and Death.
The associated Family History Fair opens to the public at 9.30 am. While attendance at the main conference lectures is restricted to registered delegates, there are a number of talks which can be booked on the day – the conference programme can be downloaded here.
22 April 2014
Here in the northern hemisphere, days are now getting longer than nights and, in Europe, daylight saving comes into effect this weekend (a couple of weeks behind North America), lengthening daylight in the evenings even more. With longer days and better weather (we hope), outdoor events for the Year of Homecoming Scotland 2014 are getting under way.
Tartan Day Scotland 2014
Tartan Day is celebrated around the world and marks the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath at Arbroath Abbey on 6th April 1320. Many consider that this historical occasion sowed the seeds of modern day democracy and the document was used as a basis for the American Declaration of Independence. On the 6th, there will be a medieval encampment in the Abbey grounds where visitors will be able to enjoy various craft demonstrations including calligraphy, a working forge, medieval combat and juggling. At 12.30, massed Angus Pipe Bands will lead a parade from Arbroath’s Kirk Square to the Abbey.
Also taking place on Sunday 6 April is Angus Heritage’s Tayroots Family History Day in the Webster Memorial Theatre, 64 High Street, Arbroath, DD11 1AW, from 10am to 4.30pm, admission free. TVFHS is one of the organisations which will have a stand. There are also a number of talks for which places should be booked in advance – for more details click here.
To celebrate Tartan Day, Angus Council has arranged a festival of events from 5th to 13th April, with a ceilidh on the 4th April, the eve of the festival. They take place indoors and outdoors. To find out more, go here or download a leaflet here
Digging Up Your Roots
Digging Up Your Roots is BBC Radio Scotland’s family history programme. It is to return during the Commonwealth Games (23rd July to 3rd August) with a one-off hour-long programme looking at the Scottish diaspora. We have received an email from the programme’s producer, Rhona Brudenell. She said:
I wonder if your Family History Society members can help please? We are looking to feature a number of stories of people who have researched their family history and uncovered interesting tales of Scots who left their homeland to seek new lives elsewhere (in particular for this programme to countries which are now part of the Commonwealth). Or perhaps you have members who live overseas and their family history research brought them back here to Scotland? Either way, we would love to hear from you!
Her direct contact details are: Tel: 01224 384881; Email: rhona.brudenell (at) bbc.co.uk (change (at) to @ and leave out spaces).
Who Do You Think You Are? Live Scotland
An offshoot of the popular BBC Television genealogy programme Who Do You Think You Are? has been the WDYTYA Live family history shows. As part of the Year of Homecoming celebrations, the event will take place outside London for the first time at the SECC in Glasgow from Friday 29th to Sunday 31st August, 2014. See http://www.whodoyouthinkyouarelive.com/ where more details will appear.
The Research Centre will be closed on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th March, 2014, in order to rearrange the layout and redecorate some areas.
A floor plan of the new layout will be posted in the Centre
4 March 2014