ScotslandsPeople – Events

Family history sessions with ScotlandsPeople – Tuesday 13 November and Thursday 29 November, General Register House, Edinburgh
The next ScotlandsPeople family history events will take place at General Register House on Tuesday, 13 November and Thursday 29 November. Both events will start at 1.00pm and finish at 4.30pm.

photo of a family history class

The sessions will start with a brief presentation about the ScotlandsPeople Centre, followed by a taster session using the computer search system. To round off proceedings, there is another brief talk about the records that are held in the Historical Search Room. Light refreshments (included in the ticket price) are provided during the session. These informal events are ideal for people who are new to genealogy or the facilities at the ScotlandsPeople Centre.

There is a charge of £5.00 per place, which must be paid in advance, and seats can be booked from Wednesday 24 October, from 9am onwards. For further information and to reserve a place, please call 0131 314 4300 (option 1).

ScotlandsPeople at the 50+ Show – The SECC, Glasgow, Friday 9 and Saturday 10 November 2012
The 50+ Show will be taking place at the SECC (Hall 5) in Glasgow on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 November 2012, and ScotlandsPeople will be there. As happened last year, we’ll be giving demos of the website, doing a talk on Scottish records, helping with searches and offering advice to people about their family history research.

And if you register on the 50+ website before Thursday 8 November, you can gain free admission to the show (thereby saving yourself a tenner). Registration is free and only takes a minute or so – just click the image in the top right corner of the 50+ homepage to reach the registration page. We hope to meet you at the show!

Scotland‘s History Festival” – various venues in Edinburgh, Tuesday 13 to Friday 30 November
There is an excellent line-up of events at this year’s “Scotland’s History Festival” (SHF). There will also be a fair sprinkling of stardust, as Neil Oliver, John Sessions, Nigel Planer, Tom Devine and Lesley Riddoch will be attending the Festival.

The ScotlandsPeople Team will also be attending the Festival, and will be involved in the following events
•Library roadshows
•’Authors at the Dome’ talks

Here are the dates, venues and times for the Library Roadshow events that we’re running:
•Stockbridge Library: Wednesday 24 October, 2pm to 4pm (please note that this roadshow is taking place in October, not November);
•Leith Library: Wednesday 14 November, 2pm to 4pm;
•Morningside Library: Monday 19 November, 2pm to 4pm;
•Newington Library: Tuesday 20 November, 2pm to 4pm;
•Muirhouse Library: Monday 26 November, 2pm to 4pm;
•McDonald Road Library: Tuesday 27 November, 2pm to 4pm;
•Oxgangs Library: Wednesday 28 November, 2pm to 4pm.

The library roadshows are drop-in events, so you can just turn up on the day for these.

And here are the details of the ‘Authors at the Dome’ talks:
•’Travels in Scotland, 1788-1881′ – by Alastair J. Durie, Tuesday 20 November, 2pm to 3.30pm;
•’Rooted in Scotland: Getting to the Heart of Your Scottish Heritage’ – by Cameron Taylor, Wednesday 21 November, 2pm to 3.30pm;
•’Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors’ – by Tristram Clarke, Thursday 22 November 2pm to 3.30pm (free admission);
•’1902-1925 Wills and Testaments: what they tell us about the rich and the poor’ – Robin Urquhart, Friday 23 November, 2pm to 3.30pm (free admission);
•’Scots at Large’ – by Marjorie Harper, Monday 26 November, 2pm to 3.30pm;
•’Alexander II, King of Scots‘ – by Professor Richard Oram, Tuesday 27 November, 2pm to 3.30pm;
•’Scotland the Brave Land: 10,000 Years of Scotland in Story’ – by Stuart McHardy, Friday 30 November, 11am to 12.30pm
•’Arthur’s Seat: Journeys and Evocations’ – by Donald Smith & Stuart McHardy, Friday 30th November, 2pm to 3.30pm.

The talks by Tristram Clarke and Robin Urquhart are free to attend. For all the other talks, there is an admission charge of £3.00. Booking is required for all of these talks – to book a place, click here.

For more information about the Festival, please visit the Scotland’s History Festival website.

Your family history stories – Lithuanian immigration to Scotland and the Slavo-British Legion
As part of the official ‘cocktails on the plettie’ celebrations for ScotlandsPeople’s 10th birthday, we asked you to send in your family history stories. We’re amazed by the wonderful stories you’ve sent in.

Just recently, we added a fascinating story about Lithuanian emigration to Scotland and the little-known role of the Slavo-British Legion in the Russian Civil War. Frances Togneri, the person who kindly passed on this story to us, is looking to contact other family historians who are researching these two areas. So if this is an area you’re researching, please give Frances a shout – her email address is listed at the end of the article.

Wee snippets of stuff we liked this month…
•Launch of the National Burns Collection,
•The Top 100 Irish surnames explained,
•Probably the best porridge in the world – winner of the 2012 ‘Golden Spurtle‘,
•’In yer ain words’ – a celebration of the Scots’ language,
•William McGregor – the Perthshire man who founded the English Football League,
•The Scottish emigrants who founded Seville Football Club.

All the Best,
The ScotlandsPeople Team
http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk

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