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32nd International Congress of Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences
The 32nd International Congress of Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, from Wednesday 10 August until Saturday 13 August 2016.

This is the most prestigious congress in our field, organised under the auspices of the Academie Internationale de Genealogie and the Academie Internationale d'Héraldique. It is a biennial event, dedicated to topics of heraldic and genealogical interest, and bringing together scholars and other interested persons from around the world.

Recent Congresses have been held in St Andrews (2006), Quebec (2008), Stuttgart (2010), Maastricht (2012) and Oslo (2014). The Oslo Congress programme is still available online, and will give a favour of the event (

Register your interest for Glasgow 2016 at - more Programme details will emerge, and there will be a Call for Papers on the theme of "Origins and Evolution".

For the first time, students of Genealogy and Heraldry will be encouraged to offer Poster Presentations.

Dr Bruce Durie

National Records of Scotland Notice
Due to a major computer upgrade the Historical and Legal Search rooms will be closed to the public from 12.00 pm on Friday 27 February and will re-open at 9.00 am on Tuesday 3 March.

Please click on the link below for details:

Historical and Legal Search Rooms | National Records of Scotland.

Population Explosion
With grateful thanks to all contributors, a new set of Pre-1841 Population Lists has been prepared and uploaded to the SAFHS website.

The catalogue, now with more than 600 entries, covers the whole of Scotland, and ranges from population lists for Anstruther, Fife, from 1578-1583 through to ‘Heads of Household’ and ‘Lists of Inhabitants’ from the 1830’s, and later.

Click here or select Pre-1841 Population Lists from the sidebar menu.

National Records of Scotland - Estates Review
National Records of Scotland have published more information regarding their current Estates Review, in it they say “Although there are no immediate plans for NRS to move out of General Register House or New Register House, these buildings do not feature in our core estate over the long-term.”

Click here to read the full statement.

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

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.

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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