Tuesday, December 02, 2008

International Genealogy Festival July 2009

Hello All -

Just a quick note to let everyone know about the International Genealogy Festival that will be held at the University of Strathclyde on Tuesday 21 to Friday 24 July 2009. This event is part of the Homecoming Scotland 2009. To learn more about the festival just click on the listed link.
http://www.strathclydegenealogy.co.uk/

I know it is only December, but it is to give plenty of time to mark your calenders - it looks like a really good event to go to if you are interested in Scottish Family History.

Until Next Time -
Carolyn of MGS

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Finally A Scottish Genealogy Magazine

Hello All -

There is a new online genealogy magazine available, and it is for Scottish family history. It is called "Discover My Past Scotland." It can be found online at http://www.discovermypast.co.uk/index.php

This online magazine has just started. Issue One features the following (taken from the website):

A 40-page issue packed with special features and how-to guides to connect you with your Scottish Heritage:
Focus on St Andrew
Celebrate with Homecoming Scotland 2009
Find your lost-long relatives in Australia and New Zealand
Trace your Ancestors who worked in the Scottish textile trade
Learn more about heraldry
Track down your Aberdeen forebears
See how Edinburgh Edwardians enjoyed their leisure time
Plus Expert Family History Q&A, Dates for your Diary, as well as plenty of direct web links to facilitate your online research.

In my opinion it is about time that there was a magazine devoted to Scottish family history. I have previously blogged on this matter already. There are various levels of subscriptions available. A one year subscription is £25.00. That is not too shabby. As mentioned before, this magazine is available only online. I do hope that they will offer it as a "hard copy" in the stores later - I find it an "easier" read to have a book or magazine in my hands rather than on a computer monitor.

I have already looked at the magazine, and it is very well done. It has alot of information and web tools for the researcher. The website has a preview page to have a look at the contents of some of the pages of the magazine, which is good in order to make a decision to subscribe or not.
Overall, I think it is a good £25 spent to subscribe for the year.

Until Next Time -
Carolyn of MGS

Friday, September 19, 2008

Canadian Passanger List Part 2

Hello All -

Just to add to my previous post regarding the Canadian Passanger Lists - Ancestry.ca offers the list as well. The good thing about the Ancestry version is that you can search by name, which you can't do on the Canadian Archives site. If you are a member of Ancestry.ca or have a worldwide membership you can search this resource.

Not to give Ancestry a plug, but they do offer a free 14 day trial period, but it is usually in my view a good idea to pay for a membership as it is worth it. They are always putting up new databases to search.

Just a quick note on how a great thing it is to have the Canadian Passagner List online now - we were finally able to find my husband's great grandparents who immigrated there from Scotland. His family were always wanting to know about when they went and all the information about their trip. Because of this passanger list being online to search and to see the digital images, we now know the answers. Computers are such a wonderful tool for genealogy.

Until Next Time -
Carolyn of MGS

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Canadian Passanger Lists Now Online

Hello All -

Just saw in the paper "Scottish Daily Mail" that the Canadian passanger list for 1865-1935 are now online (only the years 1865-1922 are up). I had a quick peek at the site and it looks great - the lists are digitally viewable. The only thing about it is that it will take time to look through if you are not sure of the specifics of your ancestors immigration to Canada. There is no seaching by a person's name unfortunately. However, if you do happen to know when and where your ancestor landed you can go right to the image. The database if available through the Library and Archives Canada website. The website is for a direct link to the database : http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/passenger/index-e.html?PHPSESSID=lrued5p1q7qbiq6k5f6bv8jn65

Until Next Time -
Carolyn of MGS

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

The Genealogical Proof Standard

Hello All -

I thought I would briefly introduce the concept of the genealogical proof standard. It is also called the "5 step process." This is a very important process in all forms of doing research on one's family history. In researching family history it is more then just finding the names, dates, and places of ancestors - it is vital that time is taken to make sure that the information that is found is valid/correct.

Genealogical Proof Standard
The Genealogical Proof Standard is a credibility standard by which any researcher should be able to develop a conclusion based on their research.

The steps are as follows:
1. Conduct a thorough search for all records and information that pertain to the question. 2. Always collect and include a complete citation for each of the sources used in the research. 3. Analyze the data that has been collected, being sure to evaluate the quality of the evidence. 4. When conflicting data is found, resolve them through evaluation of the resources and the validity of those sources until there is no question. 5. Arrive at the conclusion that is best supported by the evidence.

Standards are a must in genealogy. The computer in performing genealogical research is a wonderful tool, but it can also allow erroneous information to spread like wild fire. If every genealogist would apply the Genealogical Proof Standard to their research process, there would be a lot less misinformation available. It will make for a much better and credible family history.

Until Next Time -
Carolyn of MGS

Monday, August 25, 2008

Book traces 18th-century Scottish Highlanders

Hello All -

Lloyd Bockstruck's column in the Dallas Morning News has a recent article regarding the latest book by David Dobson on his volume devoted to the Scottish Highlands. David Dobson is considered one of the foremost authorities on the Highlanders in Scotland. To read the full article please view this link:
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/fea/columnists/lbockstruck/stories/DN-NSL_bockstruck_0824liv.ART.State.Edition1.4db51f4.html

Until Next Time -
Carolyn of MGS

Friday, August 15, 2008

Genealogical Studies at Univ. of Strathclyde

Hello All -

The University of Strathclyde has been offering recently a postgraduate certificate and diploma
in Genealogical Studies. This a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in learning about Scottish genealogy, as well as general genealogical methodology. I could be wrong, but it appears that this is the only Scottish university that is offering such a program of study. The university also offers Summer classes too, which are very helpful. They also are planning to offer this course online as well.

Please view their website for more details of this course: http://www.strath.ac.uk/cll/continuingprofessionaldevelopment/genealogy/

Until Next Time -
Carolyn of MGS

Thursday, August 14, 2008

2009 Scottish Family History Fair

Hello All -

Mark your calenders for the upcoming 2009 Scottish Family History Fair.
For more information please view their website at http://www.scothist.org/
The fair will be on April 25, 2009 in Aberdeen.

Until Next Time -
Carolyn of MGS

2001 Scottish Census Results

Hello All -

When browsing the internet today I came across a website for the 2001 census results for Scotland. The website doesn't give the names of people and their information, but it is more of a statistical result that is given. On the website a person can put their postcode in the browser section and it will give a statistical detail of the location - it is very interesting to see. The website is: http://www.scrol.gov.uk/scrol/common/home.jsp

Until Next Time -
Carolyn of MGS

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Family History The Old Fashioned Way

Hello All -

A few days ago while reading the Scottish Daily Mail there was a very interesting article about a man who had traced his ancesty back to William the Conqueror. It was great to see someone who did this without the use of computer databases, etc., and just did things the old fashioned way before all the new modern technology. To read the full article click on the link below.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1040009/How-eccentric-traced-family-tree-1000-years--hes-related-William-Conqueror.html

It just goes to show you, if the records are there and currently available to be searched, a person can go as far back as William the Conqueror - not a very easy thing to do.

Until Next Time -
Carolyn of MGS

Monday, August 04, 2008

Need for a Scottish Family History Magazine

Hello All -

When I go to the local booksellers the first place that I go to is the magazine section, and have a look at the latest issues of the family history publications. This last time when I got home, I thought that there is not really any magazine for just Scottish family history. I know that the Scottish Genealogical Society puts out their own publication, and that the main family history magazines put a small piece in their magazine about Scottish genealogy sometimes. But, what I mean is a magazine that is totally devoted to Scottish family history - have someone put out a nice glossy mag such as "Your Family Tree."

In my opinion there is enough material and interest that could make a nice magazine for just Scottish genealogy. There is just as many subjects to write about as is seen with the main magazines that are more geared towards English family history. Scottish family history is very popular, and there are numerous expats from Scotland and those who have Scottish ancestry that would be glad of such a publication. I know that I would be a buyer of such a magazine. I know that there are already about 5 different family history magazines out there for sale, but they don't really have much to offer for the Scottish family historian, except for the occasional edition that discusses the basics of Scottish genealogical research. There is more to Scottish family history then that. Well, maybe one day someone will do it - to me it is a great idea whose time has come.

Until Next Time -

Carolyn of MGS

Saturday, July 19, 2008

ScotlandsPeople Centre Opening Soon

Hello All -

Well it has been a while since I have been able to post anything new for this blog - my
apologies to all. I have discovered that the new hub for all Scottish family history research will be opening in August, well a partial opening. This has been in the works for some time now and it is great to finally see it coming to pass.

There is a good article about the new centre in the Herald newspaper. You can read the article online at http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/focus/display.var.2378729.0.Getting_to_the_root_of_family_trees.php

Also, you can read the official news regarding the centre at their website at http://www.scotlandspeoplehub.gov.uk/

When the centre really gets fully opened it will be a great repository for all Scottish genealogy.

Until Next Time -
Carolyn of MGS