There have been some updates and additions to the website recently.

Our Librarian, Jack Blair, has updated the library catalogue and the 2013 version is online.

A Help Wanted section has been added in the Members' Area. Any member who would like a Help Wanted request to be placed on the website should email the details to the Webmaster.

A list of the features to be found in the Members' Area has been added to the Membership Benefits page.

The Muriel Sheldon Award is presented annually to the authors of the three best articles appearing in that year'sTay Valley Family Historian. The 2012 articles have once again been judged by Fife writer, Barbara Millar.

The winning article, which appeared in the October issue, is Alistair Macdonald’s A Game of the People. Alistair gives a thorough account of the rise of the game of golf in Scotland, from its first documentation in 1457. The article takes a good look at women’s participation in golf, how working class men in England eventually gained access to the game and how the game spread to the rest of the world.

The second placed article was also in the October issue of The Historian. Sandy Forbes unravelled a Longforgan War Memorial Mystery while researching the names of the men from the village who had died in World War I. Most of their histories were easy to find, but there was one man who was much more difficult to track down. Sandy discovered that his name should not have been there as he had not seen active service, let alone given his life in the Great War.

Richard Ian Ogilvie’s article, Henry Ogilvie, Vintner of Dundee, came third. It appeared in the February issue and as well as giving an interesting account of the life the author’s ancestor, the article superbly illustrates early 18th century life in Dundee.

Congratulations to the winners and our thanks to all the contributors to the Journal throughout the year. Special thanks to Barbara for agreeing to adjudicate the competition for the third year running. Members who would like to read the articles again, but have mislaid their copy, can login and download the issues at

Why don’t you send in an article?  You could be the next winner!

27 February 2013

Due to a programme of updating of the IT equipment at the TVFHS Centre during February and/or  March, some or all of the computers may be out of use for all or part of certain days.

If intending to visit and make use of the Centre computers, it is advisable to phone ahead (01382 461845) to find out if the computers will be available on a particular day.

The hard copies of information held at the TV Centre will still be available for use.

22 January 2013

A number of emails have arrived at the Centre advising of upcoming events which may be of interest to members.


Peter Murray, the Events Officer at the University of   Dundee, has sent us information on the next talk in the Saturday Evening Lecture series.

The talk is given by Michael Goldfarb and is entitled ‘What is a Nation? National Identity and the Nation State in the 21st Century’. For two decades Michael Goldfarb covered conflicts in the Balkans, the Middle East and Northern Ireland that had at their core people's frustrated sense of nationhood.  As Scots debate their national status in earnest, he looks back at the lessons he learned covering these wars and asks whether the nationalism of the 19th and 20th centuries will meet people's needs in the 21st.

It will take place on 19th January at 6pm in the Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

For further information or free tickets, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 01382 385564 or visit

“Celebrating Lanarkshire 2013” is the title of a Family History and Heritage Show to be held by Lanarkshire Family History Society on Saturday 24th August 2013 in the Motherwell Concert Hall and Theatre.

Four/five Lectures in the Theatre will be accessed by ticket, purchased beforehand or on the day.

The History Fair in the Concert Hall will have a large selection of family history, heritage and commercial stalls and will be open from 10:00am to 4:30pm. It will be open to the general public.

The organisers plan it to be a family fun day as well as an excellent experience for the dedicated family historian and local/social history enthusiast; they will be including some child friendly activities for the youngsters attending.

The Lanarkshire FHS website is

It is not too early to start thinking about the 2013 and 2014 Annual Conferences of the Scottish Association of Family History Societies.

The 24th SAFHS Annual Conference 2013 will be hosted by Borders Family History Society, and will be held within the Scottish Borders Campus, Nether Road, Galashiels, TD1 3HE, Scotland from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 11th May, 2013. The theme for the conference is "Comings and Goings, Migration and Scotland". For more details, see and

The SAFHS 25th Annual Conference 2014 - Year of Homecoming - will be hosted by the SAFHS Executive and Council, and will be held in the Carnegie Conference & Business Centre, Halbeath Road, Dunfermilne, KY11 8DY, Scotland on Saturday 26th April, 2014. The theme for the conference is “A Matter of Life and Death”. For more details, see

11 January 2013

As we approach Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday, which this year coincide, there is a special offer from Searching World War One records will be free on the site from Friday 9 November until Monday 12 November.

The following records are included in the offer:

British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920
British Army WWI Pension Records 1914-1920
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
Silver War Badge Records, 1914-1920
Citations of the Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-1920

Since I uploaded that this morning, I have received an announcement that Ancestry,ca are giving free access to their military records.

ScotlandsPeople have added Scottish wills and testaments from 1902 to 1925.

The October issue of The Historian, as usual, contains the membership renewal notice. Current members wishing to pay online and take advantage of the prompt payment discount can do so by using the Registration Renewal form in the Members' Area.  Anyone who does not have a password for the Members' Area should request it before the end of November to be sure of receiving it in time.

A reminder also that the Centre closes at 4pm on Wednesday December 19th for the holiday break.


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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 and Part Two is at

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:

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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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