November Newsletter for New Zealand lost in the post.
We apologise to New Zealand members for the fact that they have not yet received their November newsletter. In spite of the fact that they were posted on 29 October, they have not yet been received by our New Zealand agent. We are pursuing the matter with Royal Mail. As soon as we have any further information it will posted on the website.
The book "From Durisdeer and Castleton to Strachur: A Farm Diary 1847-52" has been reduced from £4.50 to £3.00. Based on a diary kept by Margaret Maxwell's ancestor, it's a detailed account of farming life in the middle of the 19th Century.
Pedigree Charts are in the process of being digitised. The plan is to make them available to members via email and free of charge. Further details will follow.
Latest Memorial Inscriptions Books
Three updated versions of Kirkcudbright graveyards Kelton MIs (Castle Douglas) Carsphairn MIs and Lochrutton MIs
Middlebie MIs has been updated, corrected, missing entries added and another part of Middlebie cemetery with 288 entries has been included. Price £4.00 Weight 114g
Portpatrick New Cemetery MIs. Price £3 weight 80gm. There are 483 entries with dates ranging from 1868 to 2010. This version will only be on sale until it is replaced by a booklet with both the Old and New Cemeteries.
Crichton Royal Hospital Records
At the AGM last Tuesday Liz Course gave a very interesting and informative talk on the cataloguing of the Crichton Royal Records.
Dates for your FH diary
Lanarkshire FHS are holding a Fair and Conference on Saturday 24th August 2013 at Motherwell Concert Hall and Theatre. Five lectures are offered covering such topics as David Livingstone, Scottish DNA, Hamilton Palace, William Wallace, and the Union of Parliaments 1707. Details from Lanarkshire Family History Society
A day conference will be held on 7th Sept 2013 to celebrate 850 years of Paisley Abbey. For programme and details visit Renfrewshire Local History
SAFHS 2014 Conference and Family History Fair will be held on Saturday 26th April at the Carnegie Centre, Pittsburgh Road, Dunfermline, Fife KY11 8DY Topics for lectures will include The Highland Clearances; Military History; Newspapers and Graveyards. Details and booking forms will be found later this year on the safhs.org.uk website.
A Guide to the Royal Burgh of Lochmaben by John Wilson has been added to our list of publications. It costs £3.00 and weighs 58 g.
Kirkbean Memorial Inscriptions
The Kirkbean Parish Heritage Society has transcribed the stones in Kirkbean Churchyard. They are willing to do look-ups in their database. Their website has a family history page with a list of names of those who contributed to the war effort against France (in 1798) and also a list of Kirkbean farms and some of their occupants.
Free access to MIs
The Kirkyards Website now contains memorial inscriptions for the following graveyards in KKD.
Anwoth New Kirkyard.; Anwoth Old Kirkyard.; Auchencairn Cemetery, Rerrick.; Borgue Churchyard.; Buittle Churchyard.; Buittle Cemetery.; Colvend Churchyard.; Dundrennan Abbey, Rerrick.; Girthon Cemetery.; Girthon Old Kirkyard.; Kirkandrews Churchyard, Borgue.; Kirkchrist (The Stell) Old Churchyard, Twynholm.; Parton Churchyard.; Rerrick Old Churchyard.; Senwick Old Churchyard, Borgue.; Southwick Churchyard.; Tongland Churchyard.; Twynholm Churchyard.; Twynholm Cemetery.
Podcasts from the National Archives
The National Archives website has a fair number of podcasts available (free to listen and also accessible from outside UK) One of them is a very interesting talk about Scottish Testaments and Retours by Bruce Durie - same subject as his talk to the FHS in March 2010.