Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Scottish Genealogy Society news

From the Scottish Genealogy Society (

New Server
As part of a major upgrade to our computer system, The SGS is having a new server installed in the Library over the weekend of Friday 7th to Sunday 9th December which may cause some disruption. It will still be open on Saturday 8th December but warns that there will be no access to computers.

Festive Holidays
The SGS Library will be closed over the holiday period from close on Thursday 20 December and will re-open at 10.30am on Monday 7 January 2013.

Family History Classes
The next class in the Society's programme will be on Censuses and will take place on Saturday 12 January at 10am-12pm. Censuses are an invaluable source of information for family historians, giving details such as places of birth, occupations, etc. Ken Nisbet will show how they can be best used to further enhance your research. There are still places available for this class so if you are interested, please e-mail or call 0131 220 3677 to book a place. There is a charge of £10 for this class.

New Syllabus
The first meeting in the Society's syllabus for 2013 will take place on Monday, 28 January when we will have a talk by David Affleck entitled "The History of Gladsmuir Curling Club and Links with the SGS Library". As usual, the meeting will be held at Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh and will commence at 7.30pm. Entry for members is free but there is a small charge of £2 for non-members.

Family History Fairs & Conferences
The next SAFHS Annual Conference is entitled "Comings and Goings". Organised by the Borders Family History Society, it will take place on Saturday 11th May at the Scottish Borders Campus, Nether Road, Galashiels. The talks will be on Scots migration, entitled: "Scotland and Migration"; "Border Shepherds in Caithness"; "Emigration & Immigration Records on the Internet"; "Droving and Drove Roads in Northumberland"; and "Exploring the Buccleuch Archives". As always a Family History Fair will run alongside the Conference with opportunities to meet experts from other Family History Societies, Archives, etc. Booking for the Conference is essential and you should contact the Borders FHS to book direct: The Family History Fair will be open to everyone.

Lanarkshire Family History Society ( is planning a Family History Fair and Conference next year. As part of "Celebrating Lanarkshire 2013" this event will be held on Saturday 24 August 2013 in Motherwell Concert Hall & Theatre and will include local/social history as well as family history.

The Scottish Genealogy Society is holding a 60th anniversary Family History Conference on Saturday, 5th October at the Augustine United Church, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh. Speakers have still to be confirmed.


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