Friday, June 22, 2012

Scotland's People in the Borders

Scotland's People which is not just a web site but a collaboration between the National Records of Scotland - itself a recent amalgamation of the National Archives of Scotland and the General Register Office for Scotland and the Court of the Lord Lyon to make all the Scottish Records of interest to family historians available in one place. As well as the Scotland's People web site they have the Scotland's People Centre in Princes Street, Edinburgh.  Now they are rolling out a scheme to make the digital images, that are all that are accessible for many documents, at the Centre in Edinburgh available at local record offices.  The first place to benefit from this is the Heritage Hub at Hawick and last Monday the scheme was launched by Fiona Hyslop, Scottish Government Secretary for Culture and the George MacKenzie, Keeper of the Records of Scotland.  I was invited as Chairman of the  Borders FHS and Elma Fleming and Gwen Stein plus some of her family were there as regular users.  Anne Turnbull was at the Hub do do some research so we were well represented and Gwen was interviewed for a radio report about the event.  I was going on holiday that afternoon so didn't have a chance to establish what the charges for this new service were going to be or what, if anything, would be available that wasn't accessible on the Scotland's People website.

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