Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Ancestral tourism workshops for Homecoming Scotland

Former Registrar General of Scotland, George MacKenzie, has just been in touch with the following, which may be of interest to any businesses seeking advice on the opportunities that may be presented from the forthcoming Homecoming Scotland initiative in 2014:

There is a major push on ancestral tourism from Tourism Intelligence Scotland, a partnership of Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and VisitScotland. Following the new guide for businesses launched in July, they have announced a series of workshops across Scotland. These are aimed principally at business people, rather than genealogists and archivists, but we're hoping some of them will participate too, and also local family history societies. The idea is to explain the potential of this market and how to reach it, and to encourage a joined up approach so that ancestral visitors get a consistent and warm welcome wherever they go in Scotland. The initiative is timed to get ready for Homecoming 2014 next year.

These are the weblinks to the workshops.

Edinburgh – National Records of Scotland - 11th October

St Andrews – Gateway Building - 30th October

Hawick - Heritage Hub - 7th November

Glasgow - The Mitchell Library - 12th November

Perth – AK Bell Library - 14th November

Inverness - Highland Archive Centre - 14th November

Aberdeen - Aberdeen City and Shire Archives - 15th November

(With thanks to George)


My latest book, Discover Scottish Civil Registration Records, is now available from (print) and (ebook), whilst Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet is available at My next Pharos Scottish course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs, starts Nov 13th - see

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