Monday, November 17, 2014

Join #AncestryHour on Tuesday 18 November at 7pm for Chat about Family History

There's a new chat about ancestry, genealogy and family history on Twitter tomorrow, Tuesday 18 November at 7pm (GMT).

Use #AncestryHour to join in.

I'm going to try to join in as @BordersFHS (Borders Family History Society).

See you there.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Revised Programme for Edinburgh Family History Fair on 15 November

Especially for those that saw my announcement of the Mormons' Edinburgh Family History Fair on 15 November at 30A Colinton Road, Edinburgh, EH10 5DG, there's a revised programme of workshops with times, speakers and topics.

We will have a stall there, please come and say hello. 

Live Presenters
Karen Allen: Edinburgh Family History Centre Director and serves on the FamilySearch Help Desk.
William 'Willy' Jack: Indexer and Arbitrator; Indexing since 2009 and arbitrating since 2011; indexed and arbitrated almost 370,000 names.
Jan Malloch: Professional genealogist specialising in Scottish Family History. Gained Certificate in Scottish Family History Studies; Member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Author of papers on West Lothian local history and an e-book on how to research your Scottish ancestry online. Served on the FamilySearch Help Desk.
Ian McClumpha: Professional genealogist. Gained Certificate in Scottish Family History Studies; Taught Family History classes; Workshop presenter at Family History Seminars; Member of the Dumfries & Galloway Natural History and Antiquarian Society; Member and volunteer of the Dumfries and Galloway Family History Society: Chairman of the Robert the Bruce Commemoration Trust; Archivist for the Earl of Annandale; Member of the Edinburgh Stake High Council with a responsibility for family history work.
Margo McClumpha: Family History Director 7 years, Past President Genealogical Society, Coordinated Genealogical Conferences; Family History Consultant; Genealogist of the Year Award;
Coordinated Family History Seminars; Heldd Family History Workshops; Taught Family History classes; Former Council Member, Dumfries & Galloway Family History Society; Business & Professional Women’s Club award in recognition of her contributions to the Alberta Genealogical Society; Trustee, Robert the Bruce Commemoration Trust.
Robert 'Bob' Starratt: Began family history at 16; Past 15 years taught courses in genealogy, family and local history in Edinburgh and East West Lothian. University qualifications in history and public administration; Certificate in Teaching Adult Learners; Lectures on Scottish, Irish and English family history in Britain, Ireland, Canada and the USA. Participant at family history conferences UK and North America, including Who Do You Think You Are? Live: Does professional historical research and leads historical/cultural tours.

Roots Tech 2014
1. Dennis Brimhall: CEO FamilySearch International.
1a. Judy Russell: blogger and professional genealogist; The Legal Genealogist.
2. Deborah Gamble: Mother of five amazing children. Wife to one wonderful husband.
3. Lisa Alzo: author, freelance writer, lecturer, instructor.
4. Tammy Hepps: Technologist, storyteller, life-long genealogist,creator of and winner of the 2013 RootsTech Developer Challenge.
5. President Henry B. Eyring, Elder Enrique R. Falabella, Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

See Unique Records from Heriot-Watt University Archives

As part of Scottish Book Week 2014 (also known as Book Week Scotland), Heriot-Watt University Archives are offering a selection of bound volumes from the Textile Collection for visitors to look at.
The event is from 2pm to 3pm on 26 November and is at Scottish Borders Campus, Nether Road, Galashiels, TD1 3HF, Scotland. Map.

There are a lot of interesting records in the archives including mill records, early records of the College, lace, fashion drawings. You can search the Heriot-Watt University Archives Textile Collection catalogue.

I'm always interested in business records, especially wages and prices, so that part of the archives interests me. In particular, I see from the catalogue that they have lots of records relating to organisations in Galashiels, Hawick and Selkirk.
Although I'm not interested in dressing fashionably; fashion was important to many of our forebears and images and descriptions of fashions are extremely useful in dating your family photographs.

Please note that the event is free but places are limited and booking is essential.

Book to see the unique Textile Collection volumes.