We now have a connection to the internet.

8 December 2014


Computer problems

For some days, the Society has had a problem with our Service Provider and the Research Centre has had no connection with the Internet, despite every effort by Members of Council. We hope this problem will be fixed soon and when it is, a notice will be posted here. If you plan to come in to do research which requires access to the Internet, please check on the Website or phone the Centre.

The website is not affected and the Webmaster can access the site and emails from home, though it may take longer than usual to respond to them.

A related problem has prevented our Membership team from processing registrations and renewals. Our apologies go to new members who have not received their membership number and details.

Christmas / New year break.

The Centre will be closed for the festive season from 12 noon on Saturday 20th December 2014 until 10 am on Monday 5th January 2015.

A volunteer in the news

A photo of a familiar face in the Centre on Friday mornings has appeared on a tattoo.  For more details, including a short video, go to The Courier website.



Website Updates

Our web designer, zenelements, has updated the software which operates behind the scenes on the website. There have been some problems, as often happens when new programs are introduced. One which a few people may have noticed was payment through PayPal. This has been corrected. 

A change visible on the site is the login page. If you forget your password, it is now quick and easy to set a new one by clicking on Forgotten your password? under the Login button. Follow the instructions and you will receive an email with a verification code. Copy the code and paste it in the relevant field on the verification page which opens after you request the code or which you can open by clicking the link in the email.  If this page asks for a Username, this is your Member ID.

Another new feature is that you can change your password. To do so, login to Account Details and click on Edit Profile; you can then set a new password. To be registered to access the Members’ Area for the first time, you must still request a password using Website Enquiries on the Contact Us page.

Additions in the Members’ Area

There is a Help Wanted request to identify people and a place in a photograph. Perhaps you can help.

A new page called Where to Find… has been added. It is meant to augment the Where to Introductory Guide, the latest edition of which can be downloaded from the page.

Updates of earlier items

The Digging Up Your Roots Commonwealth Games special is now available on the iPlayer webpage, but only for a week, not the four weeks that I stated earlier. I’ve changed What’s On to reflect this. I had been under the impression that items on iPlayer were being made available for longer. There is a Fife related story and TVFHS and Fife FHS got a mention.

The restricted access to Dundee City Archives was at first announced to be until July, but the notice is still on the Archives website.

Doors Open Days dates and locations are now available for most council regions in the Tay Valley area. The exception is Perth & Kinross. You can find the dates and links to the lists of locations on the What’s On page. Perth & Kinross will be added when known – watch for the new symbol  next to the button. The TVFHS Research Centre’s door will be open on Saturday, 13th September. For more information, click here.

Finally, on the 4th August, an update on two sites commemorating those who served in the Great War. On the previously reported Lives of the First World War site, names were taken from UK medal cards. Now, names taken from Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) attestation records  have been added. That site remembers all who served in WWI, both killed and survivors. A new site, Every Man Remembered, has recently been created which commemorates only the dead. It is operated by the Royal British Legion in conjunction with CWGC, and includes the names of people who served with all Commonwealth forces.

Broughty Ferry War Memorials Display

From August 4th and throughout the month during library opening hours, there will be a small display of photos of the War Memorials that can be found in the Broughty Ferry churches which commemorate the men who lost their lives in The Great War, 1914-1918.

A Remembrance Book will be available for people to write details of anyone they wish to pay tribute to.

Tombs of the Dundee Howff site update

The Tombs of the Dundee Howff site has been improved and updated. While the improvements make it easier to use on mobile devices, older, pre Windows Vista, versions of Internet Explorer are no longer supported. However, alternative browsers, such as Firefox, Chrome and Opera, work for Windows XP users.

Additions to content include:

  • sections to cover unlisted memorials, fragments and unidentified eroded stones
  • 1906 new pictures across approx 1600 memorial pages; these have higher resolution than the original photographs which have been left online to show any deterioration that may have happened in the last 10 years
  • number of newspaper articles

Items to be added soon:

  • more photographs which have been taken and with the aid of a step ladder to give a better perspective of the large flat and coped stones.
  • inscription details and additional information regarding missing memorials
  • an expanded history of the Howff


The special Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games edition of this family history programme will be broadcast at 11:05 on Sunday 3rd August on BBC Radio Scotland (Webmaster’s Jottings 2014-03-28). It can be heard online simultaneously (more or less) in the UK at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04cfh70. If you live outside the UK or miss the original broadcast, it will be available online for four weeks from shortly after the broadcast.

At least one TVFHS member responded to the original request for stories, so it will be interesting to hear if it is used.

2 August 2014

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 Tay Valley Family History Society continues our series of online talks for our members, of which this is the sixth, with a double-bill! This two-part talk is by Ron Scrimgeour, previously Deacon of the Weavers' Incorporation of Dundee. The Wark o the Weavers Part One is at https://youtu.be/hnyJ1tYaT1w and Part Two is at https://youtu.be/BAEiBUIJwz4

Part One gives a tour through the history and development of weaving in the areas of Dundee, Angus, Perthshire and North-East Fife, and the links with elsewhere, in particular Bengal. It tells how jute came to be so important here. Part Two gives much about the people involved with the Weavers' Trade, and the circumstances of their lives.

There is a Q&A zoom on this one, for which registration is available on our Members Noticeboard. Passed talks are also available on the Members Noticeboard. For access to this, you will be required to use your members access password to log in.

 Also, here is a video from David Dobson, our vice-president, promoting his new book on doing Family History, entitled "Scottish Genealogy: The Basics and Beyond". This is also on Youtube so you can view it at this link: https://youtu.be/lcxAgOFPUCU

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The Historian, Issue 121, February 2022

The Historian, Issue 121 eJournal has been uploaded to the website (Members Section) and will be sent out to those who have requested the electronic version. We have been experiencing problems with our outgoing email, specifically btinternet addresses. If you do not received it shortly, please email [email protected].

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