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Wha's Like us?
If you've ever wondered about your family history, where your family comes from, what skeletons might be lurking in your family tree, or whether or not you might be related to Bonnie Prince Charlie, then Wha's Like Us may help you find the answers.

An exciting, interactive day-long event, Wha's Like Us aims to offer useful and practical ways of researching a family tree, and uncovering those long held family secrets, in a fun and interactive way. It takes place in Stirlng's Tolbooth, in the City's historic 'Top of the Town'.

With talks from knowledgeable and experienced speakers, practical workshops, specialists who can help identify memorabilia, medals, jewellery and photographs and link them to dates, as well as a range of family history societies demonstrating their own successes, Wha's Like Us? will allow beginners and those more practised to gain more insight into finding their own history.

The day will culminate with internationally acclaimed crime writer Christopher Brookmyre being presented with his family's history - specially commissioned for Wha's Like Us.

Whether your interest is local history, family research, or just good stories, then Wha's Like Us offers a perfect opportunity to spend a day with our ancestors!


Alloway & Southern Ayrshire Family History Society
The Society holds meetings on the third Tuesday of the month in the Alloway Church Halls from September to May. A variety of speakers are invited on a range of topics with Family History and Local History connections. Visits are arranged twice a year and a Christmas Social evening is held each year in December. We welcome visitors to our meetings and the charge of £1.50 includes tea/coffee and biscuits.

In January 2014 – Tom Barclay from the Local History Department at the Carnegie Library in Ayr gave us an entertaining talk on "The Great Burns Festival of 1844" . This was a popular and prestigious event which made the front page of the Illustrated London News at the time. In February 2014 - Dane Love who is the author of a number of books on the local area spoke about "Legendary Ayrshire" and gave us a glimpse of the stories behind many local sites from caves to trees and wells.

On 18th March 2014 the Society will be hosting the Annual Joint Meeting of all 4 Ayrshire Family History Societies when Alan Blackwood will speak on “The Glenlee” – the Tall Ship at Riverside, Glasgow. The talk will be followed by a buffet and opportunity for members of all the societies and guests to exchange news and ideas.

A new venture for the Society on Monday 7th April 2014 will be a combined meeting with Maybole Historical Society in Maybole Town Hall at 7.30pm – James Thomson will be the speaker on the famous Burns satirical poem - “Holy Willie’s Prayer”.

Our Annual General Meeting and discussion of future plans will take place on Tuesday 22nd April 2014.

Our project to transcribe the early Parish Records of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Ayr continues. Transcriptions are now complete for the Baptisms and work has begun on the marriages and burials between 1839 and 1862 as well as the arduous task of checking all the transcriptions of the Baptisms. A full report of our talks can be viewed on our website: www.asafhs.co.uk. For further information on any aspect of the Society, e-mail: secretary@asafhs.co.uk, see the website or by post to: The Secretary, Alloway & Southern Ayrshire FHS, c/o Alloway Public Library, Doonholm Road, Ayr, KA7 4QQ

Patricia Weston
Secretary, Alloway & Southern Ayrshire Family History Society
Scottish Registered Charity No. SC029380


Clan Munro-USA Database
Clan Munro-USA have posted on their website, http://www.clanmunrousa.org/, a database consisting of the genealogical material covering the various spellings of Monro (Monroe, Munro & Munroe) and the septs’ associated with clan (Dingwall, Fowlis, MacCullich, MacCullich, McCullish, Vass & Wass).

The database is composed of the collections generated by American Genealogist Allen Alger and the late Scottish genealogist R.W. Munro, and consists of over 80,000 entries dating back to the 12th century.

The database is a free download available to anyone of interest.


Death Notices, Articles Concerning Deaths and Obituaries from the Forres Gazette, 1837-1855
A new publication from Moray & Nairn Family History Society

In 1837 there was no newspaper published in Forres, townspeople had to content themselves with newspapers from other parts of Scotland that might just contain small snippets of news local to Forres. Between Inverness and Aberdeen, the only local newspaper being published then seems to have been the Elgin Courant, which started in 1836.

John Miller moved from Elgin to Forres in 1837 to open there a printing establishment, and in June that year, announced a new newspaper, the Forres, Elgin & Nairn Gazette - still going strong in the town today as the Forres Gazette - as a monthly publication of only four pages. Only in 1851 was it published fortnightly, and weekly from April 1855.

Notices cover deaths in Forres, the rest of the county, throughout the country and even overseas. There are notices regarding the death of the illustrious, the well-known and the humble. The shortest may be from 1838 stating, “Died, at Elgin, last month, James Hay, Porter.” The longest is probably that for the Rev Thomas Stark whose death is announced in early in 1849 and whose obituary occupies many columns of the next issue.

Click here for more details and ordering information.


PhD's Schools
Graduate-School.PhDs.org/education-index -- is a comprehensive and informative resource that systematically sorts out the available undergraduate and graduate programs available today in the U.S. This information is very valuable to students today who are not only dealing with the competitive nature of higher education, but also the rising costs of it.


1911 Census for Scotland
The 1911 Census for Scotland taken on the the 2nd of April 1911, was made available for Family historians on the 5th of April 2011.

One of the unique bits of information on the 1911 Census which has not been seen on previous census is the Fertility information this shows for a married couple the number of children both living and deceased from that marriage.

The pages have also been digatised in colour for the first time, they became available from the 5th of April both at the Family History centre in Edinburgh and on the Scotland's People web- site.

You cannot scroll through an entire district, only the enumeration district, or institution you have gone into, whereas in previous census you could go through an entire district by going forwards or backwards and paying the appropriate number of credits. With this census you would have to find an entry in each enumeration district and then go forwards or backwards. An example would be Nairn Parish, which has 13 enumeration districts or Cawdor Parish, which has 6. This is relevant to those persons doing local history projects or for doing the history of a street where the street might fall within 2 enumeration districts. The Free Headers will give you a description of the enumeration district and can be found on page 2 of the header.


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