Category Archives: Research

The show of the year

The display stand has been checked, flyers counted, train tickets bought, flights booked and hotel rooms reserved… all in aid of the UK’s largest genealogy show. Yes it’s time for Who Do You Think You Are? Live! which takes place … Continue reading

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Fisher folk and fisher lassies

Herring has always formed an important part of Scotland’s economy and many of us have both male and female ancestors who were part of the herring trade. What became known as the “Scotch cure” was reputedly invented by a Dutchman … 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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Did you know Scotland had its own Test Act?

I was browsing the Dumfries Kirk Session Minutes indexed online at http://www.dgcommunity.net/historicalindexes/default.aspx recently and came across several merchants in August 1689 who were being appointed as deacon and elders either regretting that they had taken “the Test” or saying that … Continue reading

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The Scottish Distributed Digital Library

I’ve just come across the Scottish Distributed Digital Library: a collection of links to digitised sounds, images and texts with Scottish themes on the internet. The collection includes books, photographs, paintings, drawings and websites covering such diverse subjects as Aberdeen-built … Continue reading

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How many generations back can you trace?

There’s been a discussion lately on one of the American genealogy blogs about how feasible it is to trace back through 10 generations of family history. Leaving aside any arguments about “name hunting” as opposed to documenting a family’s history … Continue reading

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WDYTYA – New data launches

Just got back from the first day of WDYTYA at Olympia and I’m shattered so this is just a quick post to let you know about two new data products launched today. The Federation of Family History Societies has launched … Continue reading

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Who Do You Think You Are? Live

Off to the WDYTYA Live show tomorrow and Saturday. On Friday I’ll be having a wander round to see who’s there and what’s happening. On Saturday I’ll be on Stand 217 all day with Practical Family History magazine.  See you … Continue reading

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