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Ancestral Footprints -- talks by Frances Wilkins

  • final talk in the series on 25 & 26 July
  • Thursday, 21 August: Was your Ancestor a Smuggler or a Revenue Officer? An event in Ballantrae where descendants will learn about their ancestors' exploits
  • Planned for 2015: the Bay of Luce Smugglers and the smugglers & revenue officers of Annandale & Eskdale.

Digging Up Your Roots

Rhona Brudenell the producer of BBC Radio Scotland’s family history programme “Digging Up Your Roots” has written to tell us that "Digging Up Your Roots" is to return to BBC Radio Scotland during the Commonwealth Games with a one-off hour long programme looking at the Scottish diaspora.

She wonders if our Family History Society members can help as they are looking to feature 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 members who live overseas and their family history research brought them back here to Scotland? " Either way, we would love to hear from you!" she says.

Her direct contact details are: 

Tel: 01224 384881

Dates for your Diary


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 website.

South Ayrshire History Local & Family Fair, Walker Halls Troon, Ayrshire Sat. 7th June – further details

Broughton House, Kirkcudbright Sat 14th June – family & local history fairwith talks.

Lanarkshire FHS Fair, Concert Hall, Motherwell Sat 23rd August – details

Who Do You Think You Are Fair – comes to Scotland! 29th-31st August SECC, Glasgow details on WDYTYA website.

Price Reduction

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

Digital copies of Pedigree Charts are now available as e-mail attachments this service is free of charge to current members . Charts will be sent to members 5 at a time. If more than 5 charts are requested the e-mail will go back into the request queue and be processed later. Obviously the time between responses from our Centre will depend on the volume of request.

Latest Memorial Inscriptions Books

New MI booklets are available for two Kirkcudbrightshire graveyards. The first covers Balmaclellan and the other is for Troqueer. The later is a two volume edition with volume one covering MIs 01 - 400 and volume two covering MIs 401 to 780.

Prices Balmaclellan £4.00 Weight 115g

Troqueer each £4.00 Weight 110g

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.

D&G Antiquarian Society

The D&G Natural History and Antiquarian Society has published their transactions online.