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 helpas 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 safhs.org.uk website.
South Ayrshire History Local & Family Fair, Walker Halls Troon, Ayrshire Sat. 7th June – further details email@example.com.
Broughton House, Kirkcudbright Sat 14th June – family & local history fairwith talks.
Lanarkshire FHS Fair, Concert Hall, Motherwell Sat 23rd August – details www.lanarkshirefhs.org.uk
Who Do You Think You Are Fair – comes to Scotland! 29th-31st August SECC, Glasgow details on WDYTYA 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.
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.