Monday, January 4, 2010

19th Century Ancestors

Yesterday's programme, the first of the new episodes of 'Digging up Your Roots', which is broadcast on 92-95 FM every Sunday at midday until 21 February was very interesting.

You can also listen to it on BBC iPlayer .

If you miss this, it will also be available as a podcast .

It covered weaving, canal work, iron works, Paisley, Robert Tannahill the 'Weaver Poet', why people went to the Transvaal in the 19th century (a lot of work in building and civil engineering as in much of the rest of the British Empire, and better living and working conditions, especially for skilled workers, than available in Scotland).

They also identified archives to help people move further with their research.

I learned that master weavers in the early 19th century were very well paid, which surprised me.

Next week's programme is on migration - and they're looking for questions from people whose ancestors came to Scotland or left Scotland.
Write to: Digging Up Your Roots, BBC Radio Scotland, Beechgrove Terrace, Aberdeen, AB15 5ZT or email them at .
They'll also talk about a Jacobite soldier who married a Cherokee woman.

Later programmes will cover women, eastern Europe, and unusual ancestors.

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