Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Scottish Genealogy Society news

From the Scottish Genealogy Society (www.scotsgenealogy.com) - it includes details of a couple of events I'm speaking at:

60th Anniversary Conference
We have finally finalised the speakers for our 60th Anniversary Conference which 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: www.scotsgenealogy.com/60thAnniversaryConference.aspx.

Family History Classes
The final class in this year's programme will take place on Saturday, 1 June and will end as we began with a Beginners class. The talk will take place here at 15 Victoria Terrace from 10am-12pm and the speaker again will be Ken Nisbet. If you know of anyone wishing to make a start on their family history, please pass on our details. The charge for this class is £10.

Family History Classes - Next year!
After such a successful year with our family history classes, we have put together another programme for both members and non-members. The new programme will start in October, again with a Beginners class, and will include Maritime, Kirk Session records, Censuses, Old Scottish Handwriting, Heraldry, Burgh records, Military and Old Parish records. Please see our website for further details http://www.scotsgenealogy.com/Home/ProgrammeofClasses20132014.aspx.

New Publications:

Broughton Place Associate Congregation Edinburgh, Names of Members, 1785 and Baptisms 1836-1839
The congregation of Edinburgh Broughton Place United Associate Session was a result of a dispute within Bristo Burgher Church in 1784 over a call to William Peddie. A minority of the congregation were against this choice and wished instead to have James Hall ordained as their minister, so when the matter could not be resolved, this minority applied for disjunction. After a first refusal they were given permission by the Synod. In February 1784 sixty members of Bristo Burgher congregation were formally disjoined. This publication gives the names of the members of the New Associate congregation at Edinburgh on 19 July 1785 along with a part of their addresses. As well as the name of the child, the Baptisms from 1836-1839 give the date of baptism, parents' names and their address. The baptisms recorded here are to be found in the National Registers of Scotland, ref CH3/564 and are not included in the on-line records of Scotland's People. The price for this publication is £5.00.

Gaelic Church Edinburgh Communion Rolls 1836-1852.
Edinburgh St Columba's Free Church was established at the Disruption in 1843 when the minister and whole congregation of St Columba's Gaelic chapel of ease adhered to the Free Church. The congregation initially used the parish church for worship until December 1843, then the High School until February 1845 when they moved to a church in Lothian Road vacated by Free St George's. A new church in Cambridge Street was built and opened in 1851 on the site now occupied by the Usher Hall. This publication gives an alphabetical list of communicants and church elders from 1836 to 1852; their addresses are also included. The Gaelic Church papers are to be found at The National Records of Scotland in repertory CH3/709/35 - for the Rolls of Heads of Families. Also included are details of some 150 baptisms from 1852 to 1855. The price for this publication is £2.50.

The SGS has a small number of Ordnance Survey Maps here in the Library but would like to expand our collection. These can be useful when trying to track down small hamlets, farms etc which would not appear on other types of maps. If anyone has any they no longer require, and they are in reasonable condition - preferably 1 inch scale - we would be happy to receive them. We also have a need for CD cases (the box type, not flat cases) and would be grateful for any donations.

South Ayrshire Council Library Service is hosting a History & Family History Fair on Saturday, 1 June, 10am-4pm at the Walker Halls, Troon.
There will be a wide range of stalls available, with family history societies, local and national history organisations and professional & commercial businesses taking part. Conference speakers for the day are:
Dauvit Brown - "Recently discovered documents on Wallace and Bruce";
Tom Barclay - "1263 and ALL THAT: Ayrshire and the war with Norway";
Chris Paton - "Irish Family History Online";
and Terence Christian - "Flying the Scottish Hump: Prestwick Airport, Wartime Flights and Crash Sites".
There is a charge of £5 for a half-day conference or £10 for
the full-day (the fair will be free).

(With thanks to Ken Nisbet)


My new book, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet, is now available from Pen and Sword. My next Pharos Scottish course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers, starts May 15th - see http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/scotland-1750-1850-beyond-oprs-starts.html. Time to smash a few brick walls...!

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