Tay Family History Society
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The Historian issue 128 - is here!

Great articles in this issue, and a wonderful cover image from The Dundee Tapestry, of 'Muggie Sha' - also information about our upcoming AGM (September 26th). Members please log in to view - clicking should take you direct to the journals archive. (Sorry non-members - you have to join us to read it!)   ToC attached here:



Tonight was the final of our 'Introductory' class in Genealogy/Family History. The image shows a little bit of the room (couldn't get everybody in the picture of course)... We talked about ways of organising data, the importance of looking beyond the 'basics' of BMD and the very numerous other resources available here in Scottish records, a bit on Wills and Testaments and what could be got from these, and a little on what's on our website (this site!) including our 'Where to Find'  links in the members' area (special mention of Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae) and about our Talks including the most recent one, on using 'objects' in your Family History quests.
And, our participants got a wee tour of our Library, then spent a little while on their own research with our assistance.

Our Advanced Class runs from 15th May for three weeks - same time, 7-9 p.m. Wednesday evenings. Topics will include reading older writing (especially Secretary Hand), DNA and its uses in Family History research, and more details of records beyond the basics - some topics were touched on in the Introductory class, but here we'll pursue them in more depth. There is space for one or perhaps two more participants - you need to have some expertise, from your own research or from an introductory class, but please contact us at the usual tvfhs email if you'd like to join.

How do 'objects' figure in our family history research? How do items inspire us to search, find, uncover the stories?
Here our guest Jennifer Jolly looks at three 'objects' from her family, and tells us how they have informed her searches. Video-talk is online at https://youtu.be/8h0Pee6QLvk?si=8Tf_HuERiZWKPRKL and will be added to our videos Playlist for members. (Video and content copyright © Jennifer Jolly.)

What are your own 'objects' that have mattered in your quest?

Question and Answer session (for TVFHS members) is on the last Monday (29th) of April, at 8.00 p.m. UK time. For information and zoom link for the Q&A with Jennifer, please register at EventBrite giving your membership number or (for newer members) your date of joining TVFH Society.
(UK is now in 'summer time'.)

Here's details about our classes!
Our series of Family History/Genealogy classes starts on 20th March, on Wednesday evenings, as '6+3' - six sessions of 'Introductory' followed by three 'Advanced' classes. You can sign up for the basic, the advanced, or for both!

The six Introductory sessions give a basic introduction to family history, essential records and where to find them, keeping records, and some less obvious sources such as the Kirk Session minutes and Statistical Accounts of Scotland, while touching briefly on use of DNA testing and on making use of Welsh and English resources.

Our set of three 'advanced' sessions, starting on 15th May, will have much more detail on reading older writing including Secretary Hand, Wills and Testaments, DNA and its interpretation, and use of more obscure resources such as Sasines. For this, you need to have some familiarity already with Scottish Family History resources.

Classes are held in our Centre at 179-181 Princes Street, so that participants can make use of our resources and our computers and software. Time 19.00-21.00 on Wednesday evenings.

Because Easter and school holidays occur during the period of the introductory classes, we plan to be flexible with a two-week 'break' either during the 'basic' classes or at their end, according to what participants decide. The charge for the classes will be £30 for the basic 6-week course, £15 for the advanced 3-weeks, or if participants sign up for both, £40.

To sign up for the classes, email us at tvfhs@tayvalleyfhs.org.uk

We're running our Genealogy/Family History Classes again, starting mid-March. This year we'll have six weeks of 'Basic' evening classes for people needing a brush up and for beginners - yes you can be an absolute beginner and this will get you up and running! Or you can be just a bit rusty or wanting to know a bit more, learn some new techniques, learn more about the kind of documents we use. Something for everyone here.

Then we'll have three weeks of 'Advanced' class, dealing with topics like DNA, reading older writing, and finding more obscure resources. You can enrol for the whole 9 weeks, or for the first 6 or for the Advanced 3.

We'll be giving out the dates and the fees very shortly - Watch our 'News' space for details.

Here is the table of contents. Access the journal at the 'Journal Archive' section (for members).
Another excellent issue - congratulations to our Editor and the members contributing.

We've created a page for putting our Members' websites about your own Family or Local History Projects. You can get to this by going to Resources, then the 'Research Information...' link. Or of course clicking the 'our Members' Websites' link in this news item.
The first entry is a fascinating and detailed site about the Bridge of Earn EMS Hospital Autograph Book project, with many names of soldiers from WWII. Go and take a look!
And if you have a relevant site dealing with your own research findings, that you'd like us to list, please let us know via the Forum or by emailing us.

New Tay Valley Talk from Dr Niamh Coffey's research on the history of Dundee's Irish Women is now at https://youtu.be/DHbwtWb1AxU. Here she gives much insight on the many women who came from Ireland to Dundee in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and became integral to the context, politics and history of Dundee and Scotland - and indeed also of Ireland. An earlier version of this talk by Dr Coffey was given to the Friends of Dundee City Archives in March 2023.

Question and Answer session will be on Monday 29th January 2024, 8.00 p.m. UK time, via Zoom.  Registration for the Q&A (for members of TVFHS) is through Eventbrite and members will need to input your membership number or (for new-ish members) approx. date of joining the Society.  The link for the zoom session will be available at a later date and if registered you will receive reminders with the link.

The image at the top of this post gives the start of the words of Dundee poet Peter Livingstone's song, 'A Guid New Year'. Click the audio link below the image for well-known Dundee folk-singer Sheena Wellington's lovely rendition of the first verse, as recorded at The Wighton Centre! And a very Guid New Year to you all, wherever you are.

Words for all verses are on the Scots Language Website (after Auld Lang Syne) at https://www.scotslanguage.com/Hogmanay_uid60/Auld_Lang_Syne_uid702

The song was written in the 1840s. We hope that you like it. I (the page editor) will be singing it after The Bells - after Hogmanay turns into New Year's Day! - carrying on a family tradition with which I grew up.

And we look forward to welcoming more members and visitors in this New Year. Remember that our Centre re-opens on 8th January 2024, and of course our Facebook and this website's Forum are always open.


The images on The News tonight (27th December 2023) say it all - people stuck in snow on the A9, floods in Fife and elsewhere in our area. Trees down around Dundee, roads blocked, very strong winds and heavy rain in the areas where it hasn't fallen as snow. And so many areas of Perthshire, Angus and Fife in the 'weather warning' continued for this coming night.
We hope that all our members and their friends and families are safe, dry and warm. We know that some are dealing with power outages, and mobile signal issues too. Wishing strength to you and your communities in this challenging winter.



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