Friday, 8 August 2014

Routes to Your North East Roots event in Aberdeenshire

A quick heads up to say that I'll be speaking tomorrow and Sunday at the Routes to Your North East Roots event at Haddo House and Country Park, a Homecoming Scotland 2014 event in Aberdeenshire. There will be a various other speakers, loads of family history societies and vendors, on what promises to be a great two days oop north!

The talks I will be giving are:


3.30pm: “Scottish Marriage – Instantly Buckled for Life” – Warning: this talk may contain more than a dash of antenuptial fornication! Until 1939 and 2006 there were many ways you could be legally married in Scotland that were not found elsewhere in the UK, thanks to the unique legal system north of the border based on Roman Law. If you cannot find a marriage on ScotlandsPeople, this talk may help to explain why.


11:00am: “The Godly Commonwealth - Discover Scottish Church Records” – The Scottish Reformation of 1560 dramatically changed Scotland from a Roman Catholic to a Protestant nation, but the nature of that Reformation was one that has been fought over ever since. With the Kirk’s ambitions to control education and discipline in pursuit of a Godly Commonwealth, its constant splits and the hellfire damnation of John Knox himself, understanding its role and history within Scottish society is crucial to understanding how to research your family history prior to the advent of civil registration in 1855.

For a full outline of the talks programme and the family history fair, including a list of the participating vendors and societies, visit - hopefully I'll see a few of you there!


Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

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