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E-JOURNAL -- Categories of Membership


Two Categories of Membership -- Standard Membership or Electronic Membership

We now offer members two categories of membership.  Members may opt to receive a standard paper magazine style Newsletter or an E-Journal style Newsletter.  Members make their choice once a year when they are offered  the option of renewing or discontinuing their membership. The opportunity to renew is made by returning a completed form issued with the November Newsletters

The content of each version of the Newsletter is the same, the difference between them is that there are no costs involved in sending out an e-journal but providing the paper version involves both printing and postage costs.  As a consequence DGFHS Council have decided that e-journal membership will be offered at a lower subscription rate.  

If you wish to renew your membership for the next year please complete the Renewal Form you receive with your November Newsletter and post it to us with your cheque or come in to our Research Centre at 9 Glasgow St, Dumfries and pay the appropriate subscription fee.

Please renew before the 31st January to allow our volunteer staff sufficient time to prepare the mailing of the March Newsletters. Please note that the membership year runs from 1 January until 31 December each year and our newsletters are published in March, July and November each year.
Members joining or renewing after the 31st January will have their members registeredimmediately. Arrangements will be made to provide all the Newsletter copies already published earlier that year. But they may not receive them before the issue of the next newsletter.

Dates for your Diary

Venue:  St Ninians Church Hall  Castle Douglas 

Coffee or Tea served 1.45 pm  Meeting starts 2.15 pm

1. Saturday 25th June    Speaker:  Lynda Mackie: Topic - Dumfries Academy and the Jamaican Slave Trade

2. Saturday 24 September   Speaker:  Lord Lyon King of Arms:  Topic: The Office of the Lord Lyon



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 Pedigree Charts 

Digital copies of Pedigree Charts are now available as e-mail attachments.
This service is free of charge to current members of the Society

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.

Send request to

Obviously the time between responses from our Centre will depend on the volume of request.

To download Blank Digital Charts

Click to download blank PDF pedigree chart or blank EXCEL pedigree chart 

Additions/Revisions to Publications for Sale Lists.

New Stock:

TOP SECRET  World War II in Dumfries and Galloway price £3.00 plus p&p wt.150g

The Wilson Family a Genealogical Account by John G. Wilson  price £5.00 plus p&p  wt.100g
this booklet replaces an earlier publication by the same author.


Waterloo Monument Subscription List  (New Abbey)  by Bill Holland       £2.00              71g

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.