Friday, 18 November 2016

Forthcoming National Records of Scotland talks

Forthcoming talks to be held at the National Records of Scotland (

22 November 2016, 10:00 - 12:00
Treasures from the National Records
Alison Lindsay (Head of Historical Search Room, NRS) talks about the records that NRS offers for researchers: maps, court records, kirk session minutes and other sources reveal the history of the ancient villages that now form part of the western suburbs of Edinburgh. (General Register House) This talk forms part of the Pentlands Book Festival, and places can only be booked via Eventbrite.

25 November 2016, 2.00 – 3.00pm
The Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry’s Scottish archives
Crispin Powell (Archivist to Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry). Crispin will talk about the rich archives still held at Drumlanrig Castle and Bowhill House, in addition to the pleasures and challenges of his role as the first professional archivist to look after the Duke’s collections in Scotland and England. Cataloguing, conservation and access are key elements of Crispin’s work, and he will outline the progress that has been made so far, and what plans he and the Duke have for the future. (New Register House)

9 December 2016, 2.00 – 3.00pm
Caring for your family papers
Linda Ramsay, Head of Conservation in NRS, and her colleagues will provide advice on storing, packaging, handling and preserving your family papers, from letters and plans, to photographs and ledgers, including tips on what to do about damp, mould and insects. Come ready with your document dilemmas! (New Register House)

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For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit

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