The Tay Valley Family Historian - the Society's journal

Three times a year, in February, June and October, every member of Tay Valley Family History Society receives a copy of the Society's journal, The Tay Valley Family Historian. Each issue of the journal is full of interesting articles submitted by members about people and topics they have uncovered in the course of their own family history research. Sharing their experiences and interests can be invaluable to other members and makes great reading.

The journal also contains news about the Society and what is happening in our Research Centre at 179-181 Princes Street, Dundee, dates for your diary about forthcoming events, and a chance to give feedback through the letters page. There are also articles and features about the areas covered by Tay Valley: Angus, Perth & Kinross-shire and Fife.

Regular features include meeting reports, news from the library, and book reviews. Interesting enquiries answered via our members-only online forum, Tay-Valley-Bridges, also appear. There are tips about using online resources for research as well as information on useful websites - members' contributions to these are welcome.

Members wishing to seek help with their research or to make contact with other members who have similar interests may submit requests to the ‘Help Wanted’ and ‘Members’ Interests’ section of the journal by  contacting us.

Would you like to send us something for publication?

  • The Journal is always looking for articles and photographs from contributors old and new; if your article is accepted, you will have the thrill of seeing your own work in print.
  • Articles should be typed in 14pt Arial font, in Open Office or Microsoft Word. We can accept Discs or Memory Sticks, but preferably as an email attachment. Regretfully, we cannot accept hard copy. Preferred length of articles is approximately 1000 words. Any photographs or images should be in JPEG (.jpg) format.
  • The Editor reserves the right to edit articles. It should be noted that no responsibility is accepted by the Society for views or comments expressed by contributors in articles or correspondence.
  • Articles should be original and not have appeared in another publication.
  • Articles and features remain copyright to the writers.

To contact the Hon. Editor, please use Historian Issues as subject on the Contact Us form.



 Latest News

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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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