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