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Family History Day
Family History Day: Connect Your Family - Past, Present, and Future
Saturday 15th November 2014 10:00AM - 4:00PM
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 30A Colinton Road, EDINBURGH (Car Park: Spylaw Road)

Societies may book tables free of charge. Permission has been graciously granted by the organisers to allow societies to display literature and to sell publications on the day - providing no attempt is made to sell aggressively.

Registration from 9:00am - Brief Orientation 9.30am - Workshops 10:00am - 4:00pm
Lunch break 30 minutes - not supplied - no alcohol, tobacco, tea or coffee on the premises please.

To book a table and for further details please contact Karen Allen at or telephone 01721 752635

Please observe the rules of the Church.

Stow Monumental Inscriptions
Borders Family History Society are delighted to announce the publication on CD of the long awaited Stow Monumental Inscriptions. Stow was formerly partly in Edinburghshire (now mostly Midlothian) and Selkirkshire, Scotland.

The CD contains transcriptions of the gravestone inscriptions and photographs of all the stones, 671 in total, in both the old churchyard of St. Mary's of Wedale as well as the new cemetery in Stow in the Scottish Borders. All are indexed by surname, first name and date of death. It also includes a list of the Parishioners of Stow in 1530, the 1694 Hearth Tax, the 1798 Militia List, the 1801 population list (1380 individuals) and an 1830 list of families with burial plots in the Old Churchyard; details of War Memorials, Rolls of Honour and ministers down the ages.

There are also some fine photographs of the Church and Churchyard including an early etching and quite a bit of general historical background. It’s an absolute must especially for anyone with a connection to Stow parish, with a family member buried in Stow or just an interest in local history.

The Society is very indebted to all who assisted over the years including the late Nancy McLaughlan, Fay Mackay, Gwen Stein and Elma Fleming. Priced at only £10 plus postage, to order, contact Sales Convenor, Mary Thomson on 01896 756798 or by post to 52 Overhaugh St, Galashiels, TD1 1DP, Scotland or by email at

Scottish Records Association, 2014 Conference
To be observit and kepit to the commoune gude…

Researching Scotland’s Common Lands and Common Good.

The 2014 Conference of the Scottish Records Association will be held on Thursday 6th November 2014 at Linlithgow Burgh Halls, West Lothian

For further details visit or contact

Discounted membership to Forces War Records
Forces War Records, the sister site of Forces Reunited, the leading British military community on the web, with more than one million members, and reuniting veterans since 2001, is offering members of SAFHS societies and groups a 40% discount off membership to the site by using the code FFHS40.

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: For further information on any aspect of the Society, e-mail:, 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,, 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 -- 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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