Following the upgrades to the Society Research Centre, the Research Centre webpage has also been overhauled.
Thanks to Hon. Vice –President Doug Soutar, a new volume has been added to the Out of Print Books section. It is a brochure produced in connection with St John’s (Cross) Parish Church's Grand Fête and Bazaar held in 1913.
In the past, I have put notes on upcoming events in News items. It can be difficult to remember when these events are due, so I have created a What’s On page and from now on, these notices will go there. Links to the page appear under NEWS in the main menu and under Latest News in the sidebar on most pages..
I have been asked to point out that Perth’s A.K.Bell Library is closed on Mondays. As opening times can sometimes be difficult to find on archive and library websites, I have added links for the archive opening time notices jn the Local Archives, Museums and Libraries section of the Useful Links page.
The next course of Beginners' Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings insdtead of on Wednesdays. It is planned to begin the first class at 7 pm on 14 October, 2014, provided there are sufficient numbers wanting to attend.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Website
CWGC has announced the launch of a new 'Discover 14-18' website and 'CWGC Archives Online' as well as enhancements to the 'Search Our Records' service. This work started on 7th July, 2014 and is causing disruptions to casualty searches.this morning (8th July).
The 'Discover 14-18' website is intended to help people visit CWGC sites and understand their history.
'CWGC Archives Online' has First World War casualty documents showing grave, headstone and memorial registers. It includes concentration registers which record when soldiers’ remains were removed from small, remote graves to larger cemeteries. Any available documents will be available for viewing at the foot of the Casualty Details page.
Update, 9th July 2014. The documents are now viewable at the foot of the Casualty Details page. The Headstone Schedules I looked at include details of the inscription on the stone. There is no link to 'Discover 14-18' on the main CWGC site, but I have found it at http://www.cwgc.org/Discover1418.
The AGM was held in Abertay University on the evening of 21st May with Constance Kinnear in the chair. About 30 members attended.
The minute of the 2013 AGM and the 2013-14 accounts were made available prior to the meeting. The minute was approved by the meeting and it and the accounts are now available in the Society Documents section of the website.
Constance presented her Chairman’s report which is also available in Society Documents and will be published in the June journal. The Treasurer’s report is on the website along with the accounts and it will also be in the journal.
Joan Peter (Hon. Secretary) and Stuart Fleming (Hon. Editor) resigned during the year. Ron Thoms (Hon. Treasurer) and Thelma Thornton, Sheila Phillips and Craig Muir (Members of Council) had completed their terms of office. Ron and Thelma had indicated that they were prepared to continue in office The nominations of Marian Irvine and Evelyn Radford as Council Members were accepted. The Hon. President, The Earl of Strathmore & Kinghorne, and the Hon. Vice-Presidents, David Dobson and Doug Soutar, have agreed to continue in these positions. The meeting approved all of these appointments unanimously. The posts of Hon. Secretary, Hon. Editor and Hon. Publications Co-ordinator are currently vacant.
At the conclusion of the formal Society business, author and journalist Forbes Inglis gave a talk entitled “On Murders and Misdeeds - a tale of murders and public hangings in Dundee and Angus between 1765 and 1900”. The events described involved possible miscarriages of justice or novel points of law and illustrated differences in legal procedures between then and now. The talk was awarded a warm round of applause.
The meeting ended with a cup of tea and biscuits.
8 June 2014.
The Tay Valley Family History Research Centre will be closed all day next Wednesday, June 4th, for further work to be carried out on the refurbishment of our premises.
30 May 2014.
Access to Dundee City Archives from Monday May 19th until July
The next phase of the Caird Hall Improvements will mean that building work will close access to the Archives via 14 City Square from Monday 19th May until sometime in July.
Information on alternative access arrangements can be found on the Archives website. .
Further Deceased Online coverage for North East Scotland
Deceased Online’s project to digitise records for all burial sites managed by Aberdeenshire Council continues and there are over 50 sites available at www.deceasedonline.com. The latest sites include: Alford, Corgarff, Echt, Ellon, Gartly and Keithall with records dating back to 1866.
In North East Scotland, Deceased Online already includes all of Angus Council’s records and half of Aberdeen City.
General Register Office Northern Ireland (GRONI) records
BMD records for Northern Ireland can now be viewed online. It operates on a similar basis as ScotlandsPeople in that credits can be purchased and spent to view records.
Before you search the records you need to register for an account and buy some credits. You can buy a minimum of one credit, up to a maximum of 200. A credit costs £0.40.
After purchasing the initial credit to allow searching, basic search results are free, but give a significant amount of information, e.g. for a birth - registration number, date of birth, child's surname, child's first forename, sex of child, mother's maiden name, registration district.
Enhanced results give additional information and are charged at one credit. For a birth - birth date, child's second forename, district of birth, father's forename and surname, mother's forename and surname.
Images of the register entry can be viewed for 5 credits.
Credits are more expensive than on ScotlandsPeople, but more information is obtained for a single credit.
Online register records are births from 1st January 1864 until 100 years ago, marriages from 1st April 1845 (Roman Catholic marriages from 1st January 1864) until 75 years ago, deaths from 1st January 1864 until 50 years ago, There is a separate World War II death register.
For full details, go to Searching GRONI records and use the menu on the right hand side of the page.
Census and other records for all Ireland have been available free online for some time and can be viewed at The National Archives of Ireland.
GRO records are not online
While statutory BMD registers are now available online for Scotland and Northern Ireland, this is not the case for England and Wales. An e-petition has been set up to request the UK Government to rectify this position. Any UK resident can “sign” it. 100,000 signatures are required for the matter to be debated in Parliament. So far there are just over 5,000 signatures and the petition closes at 09:15 on 25th March 2015. If you live in the UK and have any English or Welsh relatives, it will be worth while signing on.
The Imperial War Museum, in association with DC Thomson Family History, has set up the Lives of the First World War website to commemorate people who served in that war. It is free to become a "Member" to search for a name and add information about that person. However, there is an option to “Search Official Records” relating to the person, but to see the records you have to become a “Friend”, i.e.. pay a subscription. The records available appear to be from databases on findmypast, which is also operated by DC Thomson.
There are threads on Tay Valley Bridges relating to the last two items.