Monday 25 February 2013

Tayroots Family History Day - events programme

From Angus Council, some news of its Tartan Day event in Dundee on April 5th, at which I will be one of the speakers:

Tayroots Family History Day as part of this year’s Tartan Day Scotland Festival
Discovery Point Antarctic Museum, Dundee
Friday 5 April 2013, 10am – 4pm, Free

Visit the Tayroots Family History Day and enjoy an event devoted to local and family history at the unique Discovery Point, one of Scotland’s most exciting and innovative visitor centres, situated on the banks of the River Tay.

10.00am Doors Open

10.15am – 11.15am “The Godly Commonwealth" with professional genealogist Chris Paton. Understanding the Kirk's role and history in Scottish society, and its many splits, is crucial to understanding how to locate its records to help with family history research prior to the implementation of civil registration in 1855.

10.30am – 12.30pm “Introduction to Tracing Your Family History Workshop” with Marie Dougan, ancestral consultant. If you’re just getting started, then this workshop is for you. It will provide you with the knowledge and skills to start building up your own family history and a family tree. It will begin with an overview of the information you should collect from relatives to get you started and will also look at how you can find a variety of records online, as well as suggest places to visit to help build up your family information. There will be activities to help you start recording your information and to help you extract information from different records.

11.30am – 11.45am “The Scottish Local History Forum – Who are they?” with John Irvine, genealogist and local historian. A useful insight into the Forum’s history and its future, with an overview of how their publications can help researchers.

12.00pm – 1.00pm “Family Treasures – Worth Researching?” Pictures, jewellery, ceramics – even teddy bears – are passed from generation to generation and may have an important bearing on a family’s history – and a value! The Courier’s antiques columnist and well known historian Norman Watson will discuss how to identify, investigate and care for your precious family treasures.

1.30pm – 3.30pm “Taking Your Family History Further Workshop” with Marie Dougan, ancestral consultant. This workshop is ideal for those who have already started building their family tree and are looking for suggestions to help build this further. It will look at various sources of information online and also explore sources beyond the records for births, marriages, deaths and censuses. It will cover aspects of recording and organising your information, including the use of family history software. Case studies and some hands-on activities will be included.

1.45pm – 3.45pm “Discovering Photography, People and Places” with Malcolm and Andrew Valentine, descendants of one of Dundee’s famous publishing families. Enjoy a brief history of Valentine’s, with examples of local views from the 1890s to 1960s, followed by a workshop which will provide advice on the research of photographs and the part they can play in your family history research.

All Day “Ask the Experts”. There will be a number of expert groups on hand to offer help and advice, including a Helpdesk with John Irvine, who will available throughout the day to answer all of your family history and local history queries.

Participants at the Tayroots Family History Day can also visit the Discovery for the reduced rate of £5.25 and enjoy a 10% discount in the café. Places for the workshops and talks are limited so please visit to book or call 01307 473226.

[I look forward to seeing you there!]

(With thanks to Gillian Black)


Pre-order my new book, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet, through Pen and Sword (30 April 2013), or purchase early at Who Do You Think You Are Live 2013 in London. For my other genealogy books, please visit; whilst for my online Scottish based genealogy courses please visit the Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Ltd site.

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