Welcome to Scottish Genealogy Tips, Tricks & Tidbits

A wee bit of info to help you in your journey to discover your Scottish Ancestors and maybe even crack a brick wall or two!

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Looking For Scottish Nursing Archives?

Nursing archives are held by the Royal College of Nursing Archives, Scottish Board. Their documents are not available online, but you can write to them at 42 South Oswald Road, Edinburgh EH9 2HH

Nursing records for Western General Hospital (Edinburgh) are at:
Centre for Research Collections
Edinburgh University Library
George Square Edinburgh

Royal Gartnavel Hospital (Glasgow): http://archiveshub.ac.uk/data/gb812-hb13
And other Glasgow based hospitals are at: http://www.archives.gla.ac.uk/gghb/collects/nursing.html

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Thank You Toronto!

What a great day yesterday! I was fortunate enough to be part of the Toronto Branch (OGS) Workshop "Scotland & Its People"

The day was very well organized and lots of information was offered and shared.

Dr Kevin James from the University of Guelph's Scottish Studies Program gave a condensed history of Scotland, helping to put our genealogy research into perspective. His second talk was a brilliant overview of reasons for Scots emigrating.

Sheena Tait made her maiden voyage to Canada to speak on Scottish History and it's impact on Genealogy Research (parish records, poor law records, estate records etc). Her second talk gave an overview of the Scottish agricultural labourer and provided some of the social history aspects for our farmer ancestors. And Sheena's final talk provided resources that would allow us to gain a better sense of being able to visualize what our ancestors' lives were like.

James FS Thomson from the Toronto branch gave two workshops. The first was on the website ScotlandsPlaces, the sister site to ScotlandsPeople, where documents other than statutory records are available - tax records, gazeteers, ordnance maps and so much more. His second talk was on conducting Scottish research from the GTA and the resources that are available locally.

Linda Reid, also from the Toronto Branch, gave a wonderful and fascinating talk on using Lair records to break through genealogical brick walls.

Krista Barclay gave us a fascinating look at Scots who had initially settled in Ontario and who subsequently migrated to North Dakota as a response to the Homesteaders Act.

Marian Press gave a very informative talk on resources for local history and social history to assist us in gaining a better understanding of our Scottish ancestors.

And I gave a talk to a very enthusiastic group on preparing for a genealogy research trip to Scotland.

It was a full day. Full of learning. Lots of chances to network and some great craic. Many of us  missed out on lunch because we didn't want to have to miss out on any of the talks to go out and grab a sandwich.

Thank You Toronto!

Thank You Fairfax!

The last weekend in March I had the great pleasure of speaking to the Fairfax Genealogical Society. What a great group of people!

The first talk was to their general membership meeting on the Thursday evening. We had a great time talking about Turning Family Trees into Family Treasures. We looked at creating family history books, family newsletters and other creative ways to share your research.

One woman commented that she is good at research and at organization, but not at writing the story. We were able to recognize that if she can find a new piece of the genealogical puzzle, and come to the meeting and explain to me how that has changed her understanding of her family history, or has filled in the details, then she is able to write the story. She simply needs to write as if she were speaking.

The four remaining talks were all on Scottish genealogy and were part of the Spring Conference. Basic Scottish Research, Lesser Known Databases for Scottish Research, Tracking Your Scots Emigrant Ancestor and Preparing for a Genealogy Research Trip to Scotland.

It was great to be able to share hints and tips, give away credits to ScotlandsPeople and to share stories with these wonderful Scots descendants.

Thank You Fairfax!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Two Added Tours Are Filling Up Quickly!

Although this year's tour is still six weeks away, the two additional tours which have been added are filling up quickly.

The first tour takes place December 1 - 10 2014 and the second runs from April 19-28, 2015. This second tour includes the Scottish Association of Family History Societies Conference in Stirling.

Don't miss out on the chance to visit your ancestral homeland, to gain access to records not available online and to walk in the footsteps of your ancestors.

Book NOW at: https://www.genealogytoursofscotland.ca/

Fairfax Genealogical Society's Spring Conference - March 28-29

If you are in the Fairfax Virginia area next weekend, you may wish to take in the Spring Conference of the Fairfax Genealogical Society. The conference starts of Friday and runs all day Saturday with a full slate of very interesting talks and some very well-known speakers.  


If you are there, please find me and come up and say hello.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Speakers announced for British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa Conference


OTTAWA, 8 March 2014 — The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) has announced the speakers for the annual conference, to be held 19-21 September, at Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa.
For its 20th anniversary year, the society will celebrate with an ambitious program which will help family historians delve into their British Isles roots.
The society expects to welcome more than 250 attendees at the event, which has three special themes:
·         English family history;
·         Immigration from the British Isles, including Home Children; and
·         Genetic genealogy.
“Our nation’s capital is also its family history capital.  Every year we have welcomed folks from far and near, researching their ancestors in collections at Library and Archives Canada and learning about resources for discovering their British and Irish roots at our conference ” said BIFHSGO President Glenn Wright.
This year’s conference speakers will include:
Dr. Lucille Campey - emigration historian, author of numerous books on British Isles emigration to Canada who will launch her latest book Ignored but not forgotten - Canada's English Immigrants at the conference.
Gail Dever - BIFHSGO webmaster, social media expert and blogger at Genealogy à la carte
John Dickenson - a former professor at Liverpool University who now researches Canada’s Home Children, especially their involvement in the First World War.
Dr.  Janet Few - freelance researcher and prize-winning author specializing in the south-west of England who will give a streamed-in presentation on North Devon immigrants to Canada.
Paul Jones - retired publisher, “Roots” columnist for Canada’s History magazine who speaks frequently on offbeat topics at family history events.
Debbie Kennett - an avid genetic genealogist, author of DNA and Social Networking (2011) and The Surnames Handbook (2012). Debbie is Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment at University College London.
Paul Milner - an internationally recognized speaker specializing in British Isles research, author of Discover English Parish Records and Genealogy at a Glance: English Research.
Gary Schroder - long-time President of the Quebec Family History Society and a frequent guest on Quebec radio and television promoting family history research.
In addition, speakers at pre-conference seminars on September 19 will include, from Library and Archives Canada, Paul Marsden and Sylvie Tremblay.
BIFHSGO looks forward to welcoming you at its 20th anniversary conference.  Reserve 19-21 September in your agenda now and look for more details coming soon on the society website at www.bifhsgo.ca.