PROGRAMME OF CLASSES 2017 - 2018

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.
To book any of the classes, please phone 0131 220 3677 or email scotsgenpublicity@scotsgenealogy.com 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 Fridays and Sunday so late email or phone bookings 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)

2017

16 September 2017
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.

30 September 2017
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.

21 October 2017
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.

4 November 2017
Irish Records: an introductory class “Irish records? - They all went up in smoke . . . or did they?” This workshop will be given by Jill Williams, FIGRS, who has many years’ experience researching Irish family history.

11 November 2017
WWI: Ken Nisbet, our resident expert on all things military, will give a more focussed talk than in previous workshops.

2 December 2017
Beginners in English Genealogy: We have found that 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.


2018

13 January 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.

10 February 2018
Beyond the Old Parish Registers: Bruce Bishop will talk about what they contain and how these records can assist your research. This class is about sourcing the rare and unusual records that most people don’t know about – not just the usual OPRs on Scotlandspeople etc.

3 March 2018
Irish Records: an introductory class “Irish records? - They all went up in smoke . . . or did they?” This workshop will be given by Jill Williams, FIGRS, who has many years’ experience researching Irish family history.

7 April 2018
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.

5 May 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.

19 May 2018
Kirk Session Records: These records are an invaluable part of researching family history. Held at the National Records of Scotland on Princes Street, they very often contain information not usually found in the usual birth, marriage and 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.