Category Archives: Museums and archives

Glasgow Police Museum is alive and well

The Glasgow Police were Britain’s oldest police force.  The first attempts to establish a police force for Glasgow were made as far back as 1779 but it wasn’t until the Glasgow Police Act was passed in 1800 that a permanent … Continue reading

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Fur trappers and traders

John D Reid over at the Anglo-Celtic Connections blog has just noted that the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives (HBCA) has created and uploaded biographical sheets on people who were employed by the Hudson’s Bay Company and/or the North West Company … Continue reading

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Engineer in the family?

I’m married to an engineer, my father was an engineer and my past job in the Civil Service could be described as engineering so this news item from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in London definitely caught my eye: A … Continue reading

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Lothians ancestors?

Back in December I posted a comment about discovering various Scottish Registers of Aliens, especially those held by Edinburgh City Archives.  Well now you can view images from some of these registers courtesy of the LothianLives blog. Lothianlives features images … Continue reading

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Dumfries & Galloway archives online

As part of my certificate in Family and Local History being run by Dundee University Archives we’ve been looking at the financial records of Scottish burghs and specifically at some records created by the burgh of Dumfries. Because of this … Continue reading

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Scottish registers of aliens

Although the various registers of aliens held by The National Archives in Kew have been fairly well covered in family history magazines, I’ve never heard of any similar records held in Scottish archives…. until today. As usual, I was looking … Continue reading

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Mitchell Library lectures

The Mitchell Library in Glasgow is running a series of family history lectures starting on 14 November and running through into December as part of the Archive Awareness Campaign. The lecture subjects are: An introduction to Irish family history Census … Continue reading

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Some record offices to get free access to 1911 census

The National Archives (TNA) has just announced that seven record offices across England and Wales will get free access to the 1911 census for England and Wales. The record offices are in: Birmingham Exeter Aberystwyth Manchester Norwich Nottingham Newcastle upon … Continue reading

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Glasgow Police Museum to close

The Glasgow Police Museum which is based in the old District Court in St Andrew’s Square is due to close on 8 December.  The Scottish Courts Service is taking over the District Courts from Glasgow Council but does not want … Continue reading

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Early female aviators

Isn’t it typical – I start this blog full of good intentions and then work gets in the way. However, I have been playing with a new database at Ancestry – the Royal Aero Club Aviators’ Certificates. The Royal Aero … Continue reading

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