Australian National Family History Week 2013

Good news for family history buffs in Australia. The annual national family history week is to be trialed as a month long event this year. For further information on events in your state go to this website :


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

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Roots Tech 2013

RootsTech 2013: New, Bigger,


We’re excited to announce the third annual RootsTech conference on March 21-23, 2013, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Building on the success and growth of previous years, RootsTech 2013 is shaping up to be the biggest and best yet! RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch, offers an opportunity unlike any other to discover the latest family history tools and techniques, connect with experts to help you in your research, and be inspired in the pursuit of your ancestors. You will learn to use the latest technology to get started or accelerate your efforts to find, organize, preserve, and share your family’s connections and history. New In 2013! A full track of Getting Started classes and labs will help those new to family history learn things like where to start, how to build their family tree, and how to use technology to explore your connections (starts at only $19).

Experience All RootsTech Has To Offer for $99!
We invite you to experience the full conference at a special 55% off discount for the full 3-Day pass with over 250 classesto choose from.

To attend the full conference at the $99 discount price, click on the Register link at Choose the Full 3-day Conference Pass, and enter the discount code: CONSULT99. Your discount will be applied at checkout.
 Free Family History Training-Stay Tuned
Completely new family history training is being developed and will be presented at no charge during RootsTech. Consultants, center directors, priesthood and youth leaders, and anyone with a family history related calling are invited to attend these free training sessions. These classes will not only be informative, they will inspire you as you fulfill your calling in the work of salvation.
Watch for more information about attending these free training sessions and how to register in upcoming Consultant newsletters and e-mails.
A Conference for Everyone-With New Classes Specifically for Members!
RootsTech 2013 truly has something for everyone, whether you are an avid genealogist, just getting started, or simply want to discover the latest technologies and solutions to better connect with your family. Session topics are geared toward a general audience, but in 2013 there will be several classes in the new Getting Started track specifically for LDS Church members (including starting your family tree and preparing names to take to the temple).
Let your ward and stake members know about RootsTech, and encourage them to visit www.rootstech.orgto learn more about all the great things this conference has to offer.
Lunches and Special Events
During RootsTech we offer special lunches and evening events to maximize your conference experience. These events are optional, but space is limited and tickets are required.
Additional food vendors will be available on-site at the Salt Palace. And, with the opening of City Creek, there are now many food establishments within walking distance.
There are several parking plazas located fairly close to the Salt Palace and downtown, including at the new City Creek Center.