Tuesday, June 21, 2011

SAFHS 2011 Conference This Saturday - Be There or Be Square. . .

Hello All:

It is time once again for the annual SAFHS Conference.  This year the SGS is hosting the event in Edinburgh.  The conference will be held this Saturday, 25th June from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm at Adam
House, 3 Chambers Street, Edinburgh.  It is in downtown Edinburgh so you might think that the parking will be a nightmare.  But, according to the conference website at http://www.scotsgenealogy.com/Conference.aspx,  parking can be found at the following locations:

"Where to park for the SAFHS Conference -

Edinburgh Parking is a site that has details of carparks, parking and charges.

The nearest car parks to Adam House, Chambers Street are carpark 3, 9 and carpark 13.

Carpark 3 is in Blackfriars Street which connects the Cowgate to the High street and is one way.

Carpark 9 is in the Travel Lodge Hotel in St Mary's Street but has only 21 spaces.

Carpark 13 is accessed from Viewcraig Gardens just off Holyrood Road and has 297 spaces.

The easiest way to access all three carparks from Chambers Street is to go to the east end of the street and straight across into Infirmary Street and down to the Cowgate.

On street parking restrictions are in operation in Chambers Street Monday - Saturday 08.30 - 18.30.

Parking charges are £2 per hour up to a maximum of 4 hours.

On street parking restrictions will stop at 18.30 on Friday.

The nearest free on street parking on Saturday is located in roads to the east of the Pleasance and to the south of the Meadows."

Of course your best option is, in my opinion, taking the train into Waverley Station in Edinburgh is your best bet.  It is not far of a walk to the conference.  The website should have a map of the location, but you can also use good old Google Maps as well to find how to get the conference facility. 

There will also be offered 3 FREE lunch time talks with Q & A sessions.  Please view the conference website for more details.  As for the main conference itself, the speakers and topics are thus:


08.30 Registration
09.30 Book Stalls Open
09.45 Welcome & Opening Ceremony
10.00 CITY - Richard Hunter - "Edinburgh its Archives and Inhabitants"
11.00 CHURCH - Dr Tristram Clarke - "Scottish Episcopal Church Records".
12.00 Lunch
14.00 CHURCH - Andrew Nicoll - "Roman Catholic Archives"
15.00 CENSUS - Duncan MacNiven, GROS - "The 1911 Census".
16.00 Raffle Draw & Closing Speeches
16.30 Close of Conference & Stalls

As for myself, I will be there, but in a more official capacity.  I will be helping the man the ASGRA stand throughout the day.  Hope to see as many people at the conference as possible.  The ASGRA stand will be on hand to help those who have questions about their research (stuck or just need some advice on where to go next, help from professional researchers, etc.), or just wanting to get started.  We are a nice bunch and won't bite, so don't be shy about coming over to talk.
It looks to be a very interesting day of genealogy, more specifically Scottish genealogy.  There isn't very many Scottish genealogy events held, so usually the SAFHS conferences are one of the bigger ones to attend.  I can't say that it will be anything as big like WDYTYA in London, but the SAFHS conference is Scottish specific and focused, which is a rarity. 
Hope to see as many folks as possible be able to make it on Saturday.  It should be a good day out for anyone.
Until Next Time . . .

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