Wednesday 21 March 2012

Scottish Genealogy Society news

Several items of news from the Scottish Genealogy Society ( in Edinburgh:

Next meeting
Our next meeting will take place on Monday, 26 March. The talk will be given by Elaine MacGregor about the Families in British India Society (FIBIS). As always, the talk will start at 7.30pm in Augustine United Church Centre, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh. Members are free to this event but if anyone has friends who would like to come along, there is a small charge of £2 for non-members.

ScotlandsPeople Vouchers
We are pleased to say that we now have these available each day for selling over the counter to Members at Victoria Terrace. Our Sales Team will however continue to post out vouchers for those who cannot come in. The current price is £5.70 per voucher. (NB: These are discount vouchers which can also be purchased at certain libraries in Scotland - Chris)

New Publications
Our latest publication - Berwickshire Miscellany - has just been published this week. Transcribed by Mr Russell Cockburn from Kirk Session Records held at the National Records of Scotland, it includes: Ayton Register of Certificates for Communion 1829-1848 (all indexed), Ayton Register of Communion Certificates Received 1830-1839, Chirnside Male Head of Families in Communion 1834-1837 and Chirnside Register of Interments 1817-1841. This publication (and other recent similar books) is a great source of information, helping to keep track of people's movements from one parish to another both before and in between the recorded censuses. Priced at £4.50, it is available from our website: or call 0131 220 3677.

Midlothian Archives
For those with family connections in Midlothian, the Council there have produced a new guide to their archive collection. The guide will be launched at a free event at Dalkeith Arts Centre on Saturday, 24 March, starting at 10am. There will also be a short talk about the collection - which holds items such as school logbooks, valuation rolls and family & estate papers (some dating from the 1700s). Refreshments will also be available.

SAFHS Conference 2012
A reminder that the 23rd Annual Conference of the Scottish Association of Family History Societies will take place on Saturday 21 April. This year's event will be hosted jointly by Tay Valley Family History Society and Fife Family History Society, and will be held within the University of Dundee complex. The theme for the Conference will be "Crops, Cloth, Cod 'n' Coal", and it will be held in the D'Arcy Thomson Lecture Theatre in the tower Block of the Dundee University. The Book Fair will be in the Bonar Halls, Dundee University. For further information, please contact SAFHS ( or either of the host societies.

May Meeting
There are still places available for our outing on Saturday, 26 May which this year is a visit to The Peace Garden at St John's Church, Princes Street, with a guided tour given by Mr Angus Mitchell. However, numbers are limited so booking is essential.

In addition to the talk next Monday, FIBIS have also arranged to have a 'Hit a Brick Wall' Workshop and Seminar on the British in India on Saturday, 31 March, and this will take place in the Kinross Museum (situated at the Loch Leven Community Campus, Kinross, KY13 8FQ). This is restricted to 25 delegates, so booking is essential. The programme is as follows:

10.00-12.00 - 'Hit a brick wall' surgery
12.00-12.45 - Lunch break and general discussions
12.45- 1.00 - Introduction by Professor David M Munro, MBE - Chairman, Kinross (Marshall) Museum Trust, about their holdings
1.00-1.30 - PowerPoint presentation by Graham Holton from the University of Strathclyde
1.30.-2.00 - PowerPoint presentation by Caroline Brown from the University of Dundee
2.00-2.15 - Break
2.15-2.45 - PowerPoint presentation by Peter Bailey, FIBIS Chairman, on the Scots in India
2.45-3.00 - Q&A

There is no charge for the actual workshop and seminar, but delegates may be asked to donate a small amount to the Kinross Museum for hosting the event. There is apparently plenty of parking and a sandwich bar and coffee machines in the foyer, or delegates can bring their own packed lunch. If anyone wishes to attend, please contact Elaine MacGregor of FIBIS (e-mail: Also, Cheryl Lindsay (a FIBIS member) is coming from East Lothian and has kindly offered to pick up anyone (max of 3) en route - please let them know if you wish to be considered for this. 

(With thanks to Ken Nisbet)


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