Sunday, 28 October 2018

Great day at Lanarkshire Local and Family History Fair

Yesterday I attended the Lanarkshire Local and Family History Fair (, which for me is always the highlight of the genealogy year in Scotland. In addition to helping out on the Scottish Genealogy Network's Ask the Experts stall - where I answered many Irish questions in particular! - I also had a chance to catch up with a few friends and to learn of some new developments.

The big announcement at this year's show was the launch of the Scottish High Court records by Emma and Graham Maxwell of Scottish Indexes (, announced on this blog yesterday - see - and which certainly kept the couple busy throughout the day!

I also managed to catch up with David McNay from the Scottish Military Research Group (, who informed me that there were several things in the works on the First World War anniversary front - not least the Lloyds Banking Group intending to put a roll of honour online shortly.

Helen Grant from Scottish Monumental Inscriptions ( updated me on new releases, including records from Balmaclellan, Carsphairn, Deans Cemetery, Drongan, Kells, Machermore, Parton, Patna and Wigtown.

It was also great to see Tony Beardshaw and My History ( present, and copies of my Irish Family History Resources Online book quickly sold out on the stall!

I also met Richard and Lorna Conaghan, who are plugging their project Girvan and District Great War Project (

Finally, it was also nice to see the kids of Our Lady & Francis School Choir singing 'Songs that Won the War'.

A huge thanks to Lanarkshire Family History Society ( for another great event - I look forward to returning next year!


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