Saturday, 22 August 2015

Fantastic family history show at Motherwell

I'm just back from a fantastic day in Motherwell at the Lanarkshire Family History Show. I turned up just before 11 in time to give a talk on the use of British and Irish newspapers for genealogical research, which was well attended, and then spent the afternoon talking to vendors and catching up with a few folk! We had a choir from St Patrick's Primary School in Coatbridge at lunchtime to entertain us, many speakers, help on hand from various experts, ScotlandsPeople and more, and a real buzz all day - a huge congratulations to Lanarkshire FHS ( for a great event! My day ended with a get together of members from the Scottish Genealogy Network, who were on hand during the day to help out with advice for folk with brick wall problems.

Next year's Scottish Association of Family History Societies' conference is to take place on Saturday 23rd April 2016 at the splendid surroundings of New Lanark Mill, one of our Scottish gems and a world heritage site. Details on this will be available on the SAFHS website later in the year (, and the organisers for the conference will be Lanarkshire Family History Society - should be a great event!


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