30 July 2012
For those of you unable to get to the TVFHS Research Centre and take advantage of our subscriptions to Ancestry, you may be intereted to know of some free access to their records. In celebration of Canada Day, there is free access to certain records this weekend up until Monday, 2nd July, on Ancestry.ca.
Ancestry.com also has a significant free offer- viewing digitised images of the 1940 US Federal census. It is possible to browse through them, but several states have been indexed by name, including New York. At present, transcriptions and images are accessible at no charge.
Finding living relatives.
Genesreunited is not the only site to help find living relatives. Another one that I belong to is Lost Cousins. Unlike on genesreunited, you do not load your full family tree on to the site (which can be open to abuse). Instead you enter the names of relatives you have found in certain censuses. The site is run by an individual, and he sends out a newsletter twice a month. It is full of useful and interesting information - see the latest one here.
A new website.
With much publicity on national and Scottish TV and radio news, and in The Courier, Britain from Above was launched earlier this week. There are over 16,000 aerial photographs of places in Great Britain taken between 1919 and 1953. It is interesting to compare the images with aerial and bird's eye views on online maps. It's also fun to try and find familiar places, either which are no longer there or which did not exist at the time the picture was taken. I have even spotted the street where I live, though my house had yet to be built.
Society 2012 AGM
A reminder that nominations for election to the vacant positions on Council close on 11th July (see previous notice}.
We hope to start a new session of Beginners' Classes in mid October. They are open to members as well as non-members. To reserve your place on this course, or to get further information, please contact us at the Research Centre. The classes normally take place on Wednesday evenings, 7pm to 9pm, for six weeks. The course fee is £30, and non-members can take up an optional discounted Annual Membership at the conclusion of the course.
Work is progressing in the Members' Area. We now have name indexes for graveyards in the Angus Glens, Carse of Gowrie, North East Fife and, shortly, the Sidlaws. After logging in, you can access them from the Burial Ground Data page. There is no search facility, but, for each area group and for each graveyard, names are listed alphabetically, making it easier to identify names when there are spelling variations. These indexes come from Monumental Inscriptions published by TVFHS and booklets or CD-ROMs can be purchased from the Bookshop. If you have not yet requested your Members' Area password, then do so using the Website Enquiries subject on the Contact Us form,
The date of the 2012 AGM has been announced - http://www.tayvalleyfhs.org.uk/news/52-tvfhs-2012-agm. This year sees the end of their term of office for several council members and office bearers, resulting in a number of vacancies. Nominations are invited to fill these posts.
I have a vague memory of hearing, as a youngster, about The Mars Training Ship which was moored in the Tay. I always used to think the ship was for "bad boys", but a recent talk I attended not only quashed this theory, but proved to be extremely interesting and thought-provoking. Author Gordon Douglas has written a book and has developed a web site which you might enjoy. "We'll send ye tae the Mars" is the title of the book, and his website can be found at www.sonsofthemars.com.
A recent email to the Centre has alerted us to a new website you might like to check out.
Quoting directly from the information given in the email, "the Bygone Dundee website was launched on 21st March, and is a place to view and share memories of old Dundee. It is packed full of articles, reminiscences and photographs of Dundee over the last century, much of it taken from materials housed in the Local History Library. Be part of this project by submitting your own memories or past experiences". Visit: http://bygone.dundeecity.gov.uk.
We have all heard of on-line games (and maybe some of you regularly play!), but here is one which is designed to bring your family tree research to life!
At brightsolid (the local company who produce FindMyPast, Genes Reunited, The British Newspaper Archive), they are currently working on a new on-line family tree game. It will allow people with a large amount of family history to share that raw information with other family members in a whole new way - turning your family tree into a grand house where your ancestors live - a house full of historical facts and figures with a wide choice of costumes and décor options to match every detail of your own family story.
The roadworks have gone from Ferguson Street and the car park is accessible from both directions.
30 April 2012