Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Scottish Genealogy Society news

News from the Scottish Genealogy Society (

60th Anniversary Conference
A reminder that our 60th Anniversary Conference will take place on Saturday, 5 October at the Augustine United Church, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh. Our programme of events will include talks by Ken Nisbet on researching records in Australasia - "From Convicts to £10 Poms"; Chris Paton on Irish records; Eric Graham on "Crossing the Atlantic before Steam"; and Naomi Tarrant "South of the Border - an introduction to English Records". Each talk will be followed by a Q&A Session and during the lunch break we will be holding surgeries, covering Military Records, OPRs & Censuses, Land Records and Maritime records. A full copy of our programme and booking form can be viewed on our website at:

New Publications

Tingwall List of Inhabitants 1785 
Where is it I can hear you all ask! Tingwall parish is on the main island, the next parish to the north of Lerwick in Shetland. Russell Cockburn has transcribed a document from the National Records of Scotland, ref: CS237/17/6/28. It is basically a census giving information such as place and settlement names (including farms and crofts), heads of households, how many in the household, and a wife's maiden surname. We have added in an ID number to make the indexing straightforward. The price for this publication is £3.00.

List of the Whole Inhabitants of the Burgh of Perth, 1766
Again transcribed by Russell Cockburn, this list of inhabitants of Perth was originally at the National Records of Scotland in repertory B59/24/1/36 but is now housed at the Perth & Kinross Council Archive, AK Bell Library, York Place, Perth PH2 8EP. The document begins: "List of the whole inhabitants of Perth taken up by the magistrates on 19 March 1766 and following days; with several draft sheets. Names of Heads of families and their Employments." The entries are made according to quarters of the burgh, with no streets mentioned. It also includes heads of families and their employments; number in each family, number of servants, number of boarders or lodgers and religious denomination. The price for this publication is £5.00.

Recorded by The East Lothian University of the Third Age Archaeology and Local History Group and edited by Joy Dodd, the SGS has just published the next chapter in our review of the Hillfoot Villages of East Lothian. The monumental inscriptions and mortcloth records for Morham Churchyard include some from as far back as 1712. Moreham is reputed to be the birthplace of John Knox, the reformer. His ancestors were all tenants of Mainshill Farm and a number of gravestones in the churchyard are from descendants of the Knox family. The price for this publication is £3.00.

Newhaven Museum
The wee museum in Newhaven has finally re-opened. It is now based in Victoria Primary School, 4-6 Newhaven Main Street, Edinburgh EH6 4HY. As it is located in the school, the exhibition will only be open to the public by pre-arranged visits. Anyone interested should please contact the school for opening times: 0131 476 7306.

(With thanks to Ken Nisbet)


My new book, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet, is now available from Pen and Sword. My Scottish land and church records ebooks are available at, whilst my next Pharos Scottish course, Scottish Research Online, starts Sep 4th - see Time to smash a few brick walls...!

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