Wednesday, 30 December 2009

National Library of Scotland :New Courses

The NLS have announced new courses for family history research in 2010. Find out what resources the Library holds to help you with your family history research.The workshop includes some practical information on how to become a Reader and a short tour of the public areas.

Getting Started at NLS
  • 11 Jan  2pm
  • 11 Feb 10am
  • 9 March 6pm
Discovering Family History at NLS
  • 12 Jan 10am
  • 8   Feb  2pm
  • 10 March 6pm
Book online

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Highland Archive Update

The minute books of the Presbytery of Inverness have been returned from NAS in Edinburgh.Covering the period from 1739-1751 they reveal the pro-government stance the church took against the rebels at Culloden. Earlier kirk session records from 1688-1711 have also returned home. It is hoped other volumes of Inverness and other Highland presbytery minutes will come back,along with other kirk session records in the new year. Since the new archive opened there has been an increase of 130% on the same period last year. Due to the provision of proper environmental storage conditions ,more records it is hoped will be returned from Edinburgh.

Whats in the archives
  • Education records from the 1860s including logbooks and admission registers for more than 300 schools
  • Poor relief records,1845 to 1890
  • Property valuation rolls,1868-1989
  • Records of highway authorities,including Turnpike Trusts,1804-1890
  • Dean of Guild and building control plans and registers,1890-1975
  • Inverness Burgh records including HighCourt and Inverness County Sheriff Court process papers,17th to 19th century
  • Abridgement of Sasines for counties of Argyll,Caithness,Inverness,Nairn,Ross and Cromarty and Sutherland from 1781.
  • Police archives 1858-1992
Opening hours Mon-Thurs 9am-5pm or until 7.30 on Wednesday.No need to make an appointment.

Monday, 28 December 2009

ScotlandsPeople: New Images Announcement

ScotlandsPeople have announced that the images of the Statutory Register of
  • Births for 1909
  • Marriages for 1934
  • Deaths 1959
have been made available today on line at

Also the January edition of Discover My Past Scotland Magazine will also be available from 29 Dec ,at