Monday, 24 August 2015

Family history events in Angus

From Angus Heritage Week:

Are You Who You Think You Are?

This year’s Angus Heritage Week, which runs from 4-11 September, features several free events providing help, expert advice and inside information about tracing a family tree – and discovering more about those who appear on various branches.

On Sunday, September 6, anyone with a connection to the fisher families who lived and worked along the Angus coastline can search for information about their forebears in the Auchmithie Archives, which will be on display at the Annie Gilruth Hall in Auchmithie. The Auchmithie Archives include historic documents from the late 19th and early 20th century, newspaper cuttings and photos of residents of the clifftop fishing village in days gone by.

The Angus Archives at Restenneth Priory by Forfar provides safekeeping to over 800 years of documents recording the history of the county’s people and places. “Although a lot of basic genealogy information is available online, nothing beats looking through the original records and the thrill of spotting the name of one of your ancestors,” said Craig Pearson, archivist, Angus Council, who is hosting two free family history workshops at the Angus Archives during Angus Heritage Week 2015.

At the family history workshop on Thursday, September 10, Craig will provide a guide to making the most of the historic documents held at the Angus Archives and, in particular, school and poorhouse records and legal papers. On September 11, the second family history workshop at the Angus Archives will focus on uncovering the details which can transform family history research from a list of names, dates and places into a spellbinding story to rival any Hollywood blockbuster!

“Both of these workshops are a chance to explore sources that can’t be found online and discover how they can flesh out a family’s history,” said Craig, who added that, as both workshops are expected to be popular, booking is highly advised.

For the full programme of events happening during Angus Heritage Week 2015, visit or pick up a copy of the Angus Heritage Week Event Programme at leisure centres, ACCESS offices, libraries, museums and tourist attractions across Angus, Dundee, Perthshire, Aberdeenshire and Fife.

Shelling mussels for bait at Auchmithie
(Copyright Angus Archives, Angus Council)

(With thanks to Wendy Glass)


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