The latest ScotlandsPeople newsletter has brought to notice some events of interest.

Those living in the Tay Valley area, particulalrly Angus, may be interested in the first Angus Heritage week which is taking place from 7th to 14th September 2012. Details can be found here. One of the events during the week is a Genealogy Fair at Hospitalfield House, Arbroath, on Friday 7 September. Details can be found on the ScotlandsPeople and Angus Heritage sites.

If you are closer to Edinburgh, there is a Family history session with ScotlandsPeople on Thursday 13 September, 9.30 am to 12.30pm,  at the ScotlandsPeople Centre, General Register House, Edinburgh. A brief presentation about the ScotlandsPeople Centre is followed with a taster session using the computer search system. To round off the event, there is another short talk about the records that are held in the Historical Search Room. Light refreshments (included in the ticket price) are provided during the session. There is a charge of £5.00 per place and seats must be booked and paid for in advance. For further information and to reserve a place, please call 0131 314 4300 (option 1) or email the ScotlandsPeople Centre at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For those of you in more distant parts, the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) is holding its annual conference from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 September 2012. The conference takes place at the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) in Ottawa, and the main theme of this year's conference is tracing Scottish ancestors. As 70% of Canadians have Scottish ancestry, the conference might well resemble a gathering of the clans. To learn more about the conference, visit the BIFHSGO website.

If you visited the ScotlandsPeople webpage from the link in the first item, you may have noticed a link to a page about Scottish Olympians of the past. There are a variety of interesting stories, like the one about John Suttie Smith - the middle distance runner who trained by running up and down tenements in Dundee. He got little time off to compete in the 1928 Amsterdam games, just a long weekend. He finished work on Friday evening and started again on Wednesday morning. Changed days for most modern Olympians. Speaking of whom, commiserations to those overseas members whose adopted countries did not perform as well as expected. However, those of you who share our Scottish heritage can celebrate with us the success of the Scots medalists in Team GB.

In my last jottings, I noted that had free access to the 1940 US Census. Access is still free, but now the name index has been completed for the whole USA. Another "freebe", on, is full access (index and images) to the 1911 Census for England, Wales, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. This is for an unspecified limited time. The 1911 Scotland Census remains available online only at ScotlandsPeople.

BBC Radio Scotland's genealogy programme, Digging Up Your Roots, returns early next year. If you have an interesting story or brickwall relating to Scottish ancestors, the programme makers will be interested to hear from you. Contact details at If you live outside Scotland or even outside the UK, you will be able to listen to the programmes online, either at the time of broadcast or catch up during the following week.


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