The Society has put together a programme of workshops to assist members / non-members to delve deeper into their Scottish family history. Apart from the Beginners class, these modules go beyond the usual birth, marriage and death information. These classes will be held on Saturdays between 10.0-12.00 at our Family History Centre at 15 Victoria Terrace and will cost £10 each payable in advance due to the number of people who booked a course, but did not turn up..
To book any of the classes, please book online or call in porson at the Library and Family History Centre, 15 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL. If you have any questions about the courses please email or simply call in at our Family History Centre at 15 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL, in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town. Please note the Library is shut on Friday and Sunday so late emails on these days will not be answered.
We would ask, however, that if you book a class and then find that you cannot make the date, that you let us know as soon as possible as we often have a waiting list of people wishing to attend the course.

The schedule is as follows (all dates are Saturdays from 10.00-12.00)


1 - Saturday 8 September 2018
Beginner's: This module is just what it says - for beginners. Ken Nisbet, who has many years experience in researching family history will take this class. BOOK

2 - Saturday 6 October 2018
Pre-1841 Population lists: Bruce Bishop has expanded and updated his previous talks on this subject and will show where to find them and what they contain. BOOK

3 - Saturday 13 October 2018
Old Scottish Handwriting: Just when you think it’s great because you have traced  your family back into the 17th and 18th Centuries, you suddenly find the writing in the OPRs changes and you can’t read it! Kirsteen Mulhern from the Scottish Records Association will give a Beginners workshop on how to decipher it. BOOK

4 - Saturday 10 November 2018
Researching Soldiers of the Great War: Ken Nisbet, our resident expert on all things military will take this class. Ken will give a more focused class on army records than in previous workshops. BOOK

5 - Saturday 17 November 2018
Intermediate Irish Records: Over the past couple of years, Jill Williams has given her popular session on Beginning Irish Genealogy. This class will direct participants further on from their initial research. It will include a closer look at church records and land records including Griffiths Valuation and cancelled land valuation records. BOOK

6- Saturday 1 December 2018
Beginner's Class in English Genealogy: Many of our members have some English ancestry which, with the records not as readily available as the Scottish system, can be difficult to navigate. Ken Nisbet will give a workshop on where to begin. BOOK


7 - Saturday 12 January 2019
Beginner's: This module is just what it says - for beginners. Ken Nisbet, who has many years experience in researching family history will take this class. BOOK

8 - Saturday 26 January 2019
Researching Convict & Criminal Ancestors: Ken Nisbet will show where to find these records about ancestors who fell foul of the law and what information they contain. BOOK

9 - Saturday 9 February 2019
Beoynd the Old Parish Registers: Bruce Bishop will talk about what records are available, what they contain and how they can assist your research. This module is about sourcing rare and unusual records, not just the usual OPRs on ScotlandsPeople, etc. BOOK

10 - Saturday 2 March 2019
Health and history: Using medical records in genealogical research. Health records can be another source of information to help further your family’s history but they are not found on the usual websites, etc. Louise Williams, Archivist will show what these records contain and where to find them. BOOK

11 - Saturday 6 April 2019
Irish Records:“Irish records? – they all went up in smoke  . . . Or did they?” Jill Williams, FIGRS, will repeat her popular Beginners class on Irish family history. BOOK

12 - Saturday 4 May 2019
Napoleonic & Victorian Soldiers: Ken Nisbet will take this class on where to find the records for British soldiers of the 19th Century. BOOK

 13 - Saturday 18 May 2019 
Kirk Session Records: These records are an invaluable part of researching Scottish family history. Held at the National Records of Scotland on Princes Street, Edinburgh, they very often contain information not found on the usual birth, marriage & death records. Bruce Bishop, who has many years’ experience and a vast knowledge of family history, will show what they contain and how they can help with your research. BOOK