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The latest news on everything to do with Genealogy.
    
    

Ancestry Free
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It has been announced that all Ancestry's UK military records will be free to view between 21st and 24th July 2017.
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This is in part to commemorate the centenary of Battle of Passchendaele and in part to coincide with the launch of a new Dunkirk film.
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It is suggested that over four days, you can search every UK military record going back more than 300 years to uncover fascinating new details about your own family history.
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Please click here to visit the records.
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Added 20/07/2017

Yet More Free Records
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To the layman the “Free Access” announcements that we report on this section of the website may seem repetitive. To the keen researchers among our clansfolk they can be a godsend – a chance to unearth some more new family history.
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We are therefore please to announce that most of the British and Irish records on the “find my past” website are free to view between 22nd and 26th June 2017.
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Please click here to visit the website.
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Added 22/06/2017

Canada Census Records
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Clansfolk in North America may be interested to know that more than eight million Canada Census records for 1881 and 1891 have recently been added to the "find my past" website. Following this latest addition that website now contains all the records for Canada between 1881 and 1911. Readers should be aware that borders of Canada have varied over the years. In 1881 and 1891 the census covered of the provences of British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec.
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To view these records please click here.
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Added 10/06/2017
Updated 11/06/2017

Free for May Day Weekend
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In order to open up genealogy research to as many people as possible, the "Find My Past" website have made all of their Birth, Marriage, Death and Census records completely FREE until 1st May 2017. They suggest that these records are the perfect starting points on your family history journey and that their website has all the hints and tips you will need to make the most of them.
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To Access the records please click here.
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Added 28/04/2017

Free Commonwealth Records for Easter
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Ancestry have announced that millions of their UK, Ireland and Commonwealth records can be available free of charge for the duration of the Easter break - between Good Friday 14th April and 23:59 BST on Monday 17th April 2016. Ancestry suggest that you start in Britain then head off to Australia, Canada, or wherever, and spend four full days finding long-lost family all over the Commonwealth.
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We have had a quick look at the sets of records offered and have discovered that they include a wide range of census and birth, marriage and death records. There is plenty more!
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To visit the records please click here.
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Added 13/04/2017
Updated 16/04/2017

Free Access to Irish Records
                                                       
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Our Clan migration map indicates that some clansfolk have, in previous centuries, travelled from Scotland across the sea to Ireland and thence elsewhere in the world. A number of members may therefore be interested in a promotion that has been launched by the "Find My Past" website to celebrate St Patrick's Day. 116 million Irish family history records will be free to view between 13th and 17th March 2017 - (link). There is also a free guide to "tracing your Irish family history" (link).
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When Find My Past previously made this offer the Sennachie team had a quick look and found that there seemed to be numerous records featuring some of the Clan sept names. This may be another good opportunity for those with connections to the Emerald Isle to do some research. Please do let us know if you find anything useful!
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Added 13/03/2017

Free Access to Records
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It has been announced that access to Ancestry's UK and Ireland records will be free of charge from Saturday 18th February until 23:59 (BST) on Monday 20th February. Ancestry suggest that you "banish those winter blues" and take this opportunity to search the 1 billion plus records available. Please let the Sennachie know if you make any interesting discoveries. 
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Please click here to visit the Ancestry UK website.
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Added 16/02/2017

Free Records for the Weekend
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It has been announced that access to the 'hinting records', on the UK version of the "Find My Past" website will be free between 12th and 15th January 2017. That means that you have free access to 'billions' of birth, marriage, death and census records.
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Why not spend the weekend researching your family history? Please remember to let the Clan Sennachie know if you make any interesting discoveries; or to ask him if you need guidance - he is always happy to point Clansfolk in the right direction.
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Please click here to visit "Find My Past".
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Added 12/01/2017
ScotlandsPeople
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The ScotlandsPeople website was recently relaunched with some new features and additional records.
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Users can now search all the indexes free of charge for the first time and also search across all records using a quick search feature. Furthermore transcriptions of the 1881 census can now be accessed without charge. More than 150,000 baptism records from Scottish Presbyterian Churches have recently been added with more to come soon including marriages, burials, kirk sessions and other church court records. For further information please click here.
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These changes demonstrate the need to re-check genealogy web sites regularly as they are continually adding new records.
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Added 04/01/2017
Trial of Electronic Certificates for England
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The General Records Office (GRO) is the body from which researchers can obtain copies of birth, marriage and death certificates for England and Wales. Until now these documents have only been available in hard copy form.
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With effect from 9th November 2016 the GRO have started a trial during which they will send PDF copies of certificates attached to an e-mail for a reduced payment. Phase 1 of the trial is limited to certain records that have already been digitised. The trial will end once 45,000 PDF's have been ordered or on 30th November - whichever is sooner.
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It has also been annouced that the GRO's historic birth and death indexes can now be searched via their on line ordering site.
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For further information please click here.
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Added 14/11/2016

More Free Records for the Weekend
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The "Find My Past" website have announced that all their 70 million military records will be free to view until Sunday 13th November 2016. They suggest that Remembrance Day is a time to reflect on the sacrifices made by ancestors who served in the military and hope that the free access will allow everyone to trace members of their families who fought for their country.
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Please click here to visit the military records.
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Added 10/11/2016 

Free Records for Remembrance
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A Poppy for RemembranceFriday, 11th November is Armistice Day in the UK. Two minutes silence will be observed at 11:00am GMT. Further events will take place in London and across the country on Saturday and Sunday.
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To commemorate the day 'Ancestry' are giving free access to all their UK Military records for three days starting on Friday.
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Please click here to start searching. There is more about the featured collections on the page.
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Added 09/11/2016
Scottish Monumental Records                                               
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We have learnt that an Index of Monumental Inscriptions in Scotland has recently been added to the "Find My Past" website. There are said to be more than two hundred thousand records relating to 209 burial grounds in forteen Scottish counties. A quick check has shown that the index contains records for a number of our Clan sept names.
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In time our Genealogy team will try to put together an index of the most relevant records.
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In the meantime the index can be viewed by clicking here. We should warn that there is a charge for looking at the details of the inscriptions.    
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Added 16/10/2016

Free Access to Records
                                                                 
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It has been announced that access to Ancestry's UK and Ireland records will be free of charge from Friday 7th October until 23:59 (BST) on Sunday 9th October. Why not take this opportunity to search the 1 billion plus records available and, in Ancestry's words, 'find the detail in your family's story that makes you who you are today'.
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Please click here to visit the Ancestry UK website.
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Added 07/10/2016

Privacy Issues for Family Historians
                                  
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Well known genealogist Dick Eastman has written a blog for the MyHeritage.com website outlining the privacy issues relating to family history records. This topic will be of interest to researchers across the world.
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Please click here to read Eastman's blog as well as the reactions to it from contributors in other countries.
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Added 18/09/2016

ScotlandsPeople Website
                                                           
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It has been announced that the ScotlandsPeople website will be totally unavailable between 23:59 (BST) on Wednesday 21st and Monday 26th September. It is claimed that this downtime is essential as they work towards the launch of their new ScotlandsPeople website.
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The Clan MacThomas webmaster commented "it seems extraordinary in this day and age that such an important resource should be off-line for so long."
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Added 16/09/2016
Free Access to Irish Records                                                        
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As previous mentioned in this column our Clan migration map (link) shows that some clansfolk may, in previous centuries, have moved across the sea to Ireland . Some members may therefore be interested in the promotion that has been launched on the "Find My Past" website. 111 million Irish family history records and 23 million Irish newspaper articles will be free to view betweeen 15th and 18th September 2016 - (link).
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The last time that Find My Past made this offer we had a quick look and found that there appeared to be lots of records for some of the Clan sept names. Maybe this is a good opportunity for those with connections to the Emerald Isle to do some research. Please let us know how you get on!
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Added 16/09/2016

Somme Anniversary
                                                                        
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The Battle of the Somme was fought in France between 1st July and 18th November 1916 – a total of 141 days. More than a million men were killed or injured making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history.
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To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle the "Find My Past" website is making their 65 million world military records and over 265 million British and Irish censuses FREE for a week – ending on 4th July 2016.
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They suggest that this gives you the chance to remember the military heroes in your family.
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Please click here to visit the "Find My Past" website.
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Added 27/06/2016

Scottish Records
                                                                                
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A new comprehensive article explaining which Scottish Records are available to clansfolk researching their ancestors has recently been added to the "Genealogy Articles" section of this website. To read this useful article please click here.
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Added 05/06/2016
More Free Records
                                                                              
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June 6th marks the 72nd anniversary of the largest sea borne invasion in history, Operation Neptune, - more commonly known as D-day. To commemorate this anniversary the UK Forces War Records website are offering free access to 72 collections of their records on 5th and 6th June 2016. These records cover all eras and not just D-day.
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To access these records please click here.
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There is also a special guide to D-day.
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Free records for Jutland Anniversary
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As a tribute to the men and women who served on HMS ships during the Battle of Jutland on 31st May 1916, the UK 'Forces War Records' website is giving FREE access to its 300,000 WW1 Navy specific records from 28th - 31th May ONLY!
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To view these records please click here.
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'Forces War Records' have also issued a special magazine to commemorate this anniversary and this can be viewed by clicking here.
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Added 29/06/2016

Free Records for Easter
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Ancestry have announced that certain sets of their UK and Commonwealth records can be accessed free of charge for the duration of the Easter break - until 23:59 BST on 28th March 2016. It is suggested that you can "bring your family closer" by hunting through the billions of records available.
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We have had a quick look at the sets of records offered and have discovered that they include the 1841 Census in both Scotland and England and various vessel passenger lists. There is plenty more!
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To visit the records please click here.
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Added 26/03/2016

More Irish Records Free!
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To celebrate St Patrick's day on 17th March, Ancestry UK have announced that all their Irish collections can be accessed free of charge until 31st March 2016. This is an opportunity for members with connections to the Emerald Isle to do some more research.
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Please click here to search the records.
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Added 17/03/2016 

Top 100 Websites
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The GenealogyInTime Magazine have just published a list of the top 100 most popular genealogy websites for 2016. Top of the list is Ancestry.com with Ancestry.co.uk at number five. The first exclusively Scottish site is ScotlandsPeople which appears at number 51. Please click here to view the full list.
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To visit the GenealogyInTime Magazine website click here.
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Added 08/03/2016

Free Irish Records
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The Clan MacThomas migration map (link) makes clear that some members of our Clan  moved across the sea to Ireland in previous centuries. Some Clansfolk may therefore be interested in the promotion that has been launched on the "Find My Past" website. Their records relating to Ireland will be free to all betweeen 1st and 7th March 2016 - (link). We had a quick look and there appear to be lots of records for some of the Clan sept names. Maybe this is a good opportunity for those with connections to the Emerald Isle to do some research. Good Luck!
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Please click here to view a video describing some of the difficulties encountered when doing Genealogical research in Ireland.  !! New !!
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If you manage to locate relevant records as a result of this offer, please let Sennachie or Webmaster know. We would like to give feedback to members.
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Added 01/03/2016
Last Updated 05/03/2016 

Genealogy Research Templates
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We are pleased to announce that a new "Research Templates" section has now been added to the Genealogy area of this website. The section contains templates for sheets and charts which may be helpful to clansfolk when they are doing their family history research. There are also examples showing how the templates should be filled in.
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To access the section please select the appropriate option on the side menu.
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Added 16/02/2015

Scottish Records in Find My Past
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It has been announced that a selection of Scottish Registers and Records have been added to the data available from the "Find My Past" website. There are said to be forteen publications covering Scottish parishes and families containing thousands of records dating back to the early 1600's. According to the website the records range from monumental inscriptions to a novel on rural life in 18th century Scotland.
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For further information please click here to visit the website.
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Added 24/01/2016

Find My Past Free
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Clansfolk doing genealogical research may be interested to know that the "Find My Past" website will again be offering free access to its four billion historical records from around the world and 11 million British newspaper pages between midday on Friday, January 22nd to midday on Monday, January 25th (GMT). They suggest that this will enable you to find out if your Grandmother fought for her rights or your Grandad was a local sports legend!
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The recently released 1939 Registers (see below) will sadly be excluded from the Free Weekend. 
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Please click here for further information.
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Added 22/01/2016

Win a DNA Testing Kit
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Find My Past are offering visitors to their website blog the opportunity to win a FamilyTreeDNA testing kit worth £60 or equivalent. All you have to do is enter your e-mail address and you will then be entered into a prize draw.
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For further information please click here to visit the blog.
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The competition closes on 21st December 2015.
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Added 16/12/2015 

Release of the 1939 Register
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The FindMyPast organisation has announced that the 1939 Register for England and Wales will be released on its website on 2nd November 2015. Genealogists are eagerly waiting for its release as it includes the names, addresses, occupations and marital status of over 41 million people recorded in September 1939, just before the outbreak of World War Two. It is particularly significant for this period as the 1931 England and Wales Census was destroyed and, because of the war, the 1941 census was not taken. It will be free to search this record and preview the transcript but there will be a charge to obtain the full record.  To find out more please click here.
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Added 31/10/2015

1855 Valuation Rolls Now Available
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The Index for the Scottish Valuation Rolls for 1855 have now been published on the ScotlandsPeople website and, as an introductory offer are free to search until 13th October 2015. Over one million indexed names and addresses from 1855 are listed and are fully searchable by name and address.
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The records provide a detailed snapshot of Scotland in a time of industrial expansion and economic growth, and offer a fascinating window into the lives of Victorian Scots.
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Please click here for more information.
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Added 04/10/2015
Updated 05/10/2015

Find My Past Free Again!!
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Clansfolk doing genealogical research may be interested to know that the "Find My Past" website will again be offering free access to its four billion historical records from around the world and 11 million British newspaper pages between midday on Friday, September 18th to midday on Monday, September 21st (GMT). They hope that this will let you bring your past to life.
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Please click here for further information.
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Added 16/09/2015

Who Do You Think You Are?
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Members in the the UK may be interested to know that the new series of the BBC television genealogy programme "Who Do You Think You Are" starts at 9.00pm on Thursday 13th August 2015. Celebrities featured in this, the 12th, series are said to include Paul Hollywood, Sir Derek Jacobi, Jayne Seymour, Jerry Hall and Frances de la Tour.
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Members overseas should be able to watch the programmes in due course on the BBC i Player.
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The seventh series of the Australian version of the programme started on SBS TV on Tuesday 4th August and continues. Past editions can be viewed on-line.
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Added 12/08/2015
Updated 13/08/2015
Check Regularly!
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It is strongly recommended that researchers using websites such as familysearch.org, rootsweb.com, ancestry.com, billiongraves.com and findmypast.com, should check the sites regularly since new data sets are being added all the time. Just as an example this week findmypast have added more records for New Zealand and Staffordshire. If you are lucky, this new data may include the information that you have been seeking for ages. Good luck!
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Added 08/08/2015 

Ancestry UK Records Free Again!
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Ancestry have just announced that it will be FREE to access all their UK records for the weekend of 5th to 7th June 2015 (GMT).
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To make use of this opportunity visit the Ancestry.co.uk website by clicking here. A warning - if you are overseas  Ancestry may try to divert you to your local version of their site which may not be free. You will need to ignore such prompts.
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Added 04/06/2015

Find My Past Free Again!!
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Members doing genealogical research may be interested to know that the "Find My Past" website will be offering free access to its billions of historical records between midday on Friday, March 6th to midday on Monday, March 9th (GMT). They hope that this will allow you to bring your past to life. 
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Please click here for further information.
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Added 04/03/2015

Ancestry UK Records Free!
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Ancestry have just announced that it will be FREE to access all their UK records for the weekend of 6th to 8th February 2015 (GMT).
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To make use of this rare opportunity visit the Ancestry.co.uk website by clicking here. A warning if you are overseas - the Ancestry site does try to divert you to your local version of their site. You will need to ignore such prompts.   
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Added 06/02/2015
Find My Past Free!!
                                                                        
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The "Find My Past" website has announced that access to most of its historical records will be free between midday on Friday, November 7th to midday on Monday, November 10th (GMT). It is making this gesture to commemorate Remembrance weekend in the UK and to encourage visitors to research their WW1 ancestors.
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Please click here for further information.
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Added 06/11/2014 

BBC Online Index of Scots who died in WW2
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To mark the 69th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day BBC Scotland has created an On-Line Database of 21,740 of the 57,000 Scots who died during World War Two.  Researchers can search the database to find out where they came from, how old they were, which regiments they served in, and where they have been laid to rest.
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To find out more about this BBC project please click here and to view the database click here.
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Added 08/05/2014

Aberdeen's Medieval Burgh Records recognised by UNESCO
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An extraordinary collection of burgh records for Aberdeen held by Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives has been recognised by being included in the UK Register of Important Documentary Heritage - part of the UNESCO Memory of the World Program.
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The first eight volumes of the Burgh Registers for Aberdeen between 1398 and 1509 represents the earliest and most complete body of surviving records of any Scottish town. Apart from the government’s Exchequer Rolls and Register of the Great Seal, these records are the only near-continuous record for Scotland in the fifteenth century and an unrivalled insight into the political and social life of the Scottish medieval town. The depth of detail in these records is unique as the registers include not only the records of the town council, which usually met twice a week, but of the bailie, guildry and head courts.
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Please click here for further information.
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Added 30/03/2014

Family History Stories
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A new section called "Family History Stories" has recently been added to the Genealogy section of this website.
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It is our hope is that Clansfolk will put pen to paper and contribute articles for inclusion in this area. These can either be about their own ancestors or any other person with connections to the Clan.
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To find out more please click here.
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Added 06/02/2014 

British in India
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It is probable that some Clan members may have ancestors who lived in India. Findmypast, in conjuction with the British Library have recently made available on line 2.5 million records relating to the British in India between 1698 and 1947.
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These include Baptism, Marriage and Burial records ; Army officers' marriage notifications; records for other locations administered by the India office (Aden, Burma, Kuwait, St Helena); civil service records; pension registers; probate records and wills.
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Findmypast offer either a subscription or a PayAsYouGo service.
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For further information please click here.
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Added 05/02/2014

More Papers Added
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The British Newspaper Archive has announced that a further 175,000 newspaper pages have recently been added to their archive. Amongst the titles added there are several from Scotland. These include copies of the Aberdeen Journal from 1892, 1893 and 1896, the Dundee Advertiser from 1863 and the Falkirk Herald from 1868.
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They have also upgraded their website so that searches are now 250% faster. 
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Please click here to visit the Archive website.
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Added 01/02/2014 
Top 100 Websites
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The GenealogyInTime Magazine has recently published a list of the top 100 most popular genealogy websites. Top of the list is Ancestry.com with Ancestry.co.uk at number six. The first exclusively Scottish site is ScotlandsPeople which appears at number 48. Please click here to view a PDF of the full list.
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To visit the GenealogyInTime Magazine website click here.
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Added 01/02/2014   

Start Your Family Tree Week
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The Find My Past website has announced that their "Start Your Family Tree Week" will start on Boxing Day 2013. Every day between 26th December and 1st January 2014 activities, hints and tips on how to get the most out of your family history research will appear on their website.
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They suggest that families make the most of the festive season by taking part in Start Your Family Tree Week together.
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To find our more please click here.
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Added 20/12/2013

Burial Grounds in Scotland
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The Scottish Association of Family History Societies (SCAFH) have recently added a list of the burial grounds in Scotland to their website. This new resource may be useful to researchers (especially those living outside Scotland) who are trying to find where an ancestor may be buried.
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Please click here to view the list.
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Added 25/11/2013

Military Records Free!
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Members in, or with connections to, the UK may be interested to know that access to all the Military Records on the ancestry.co.uk website will be free between the 8th and 12th November 2013. This is to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.
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Please click here to visit the site.
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Added 08/11/2013 

Milestone for FamilySearch
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FamilySearch has announced that it has reached a significant milestone. The 75,000th article was published in the Research Wiki section in October 2013. The Wiki is like having a worldwide encyclopedia of genealogy knowledge at your fingertips.
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Please click here to visit FamilySearch Wiki. 
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Added 03/11/2013

Scottish Valuation Rolls for 1920
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Scotlandspeople has announced that the Valuation Rolls (VRs) for 1920 have just been added to their website. The new records, comprising 2,607,329 indexed names and 76,721 digital images, cover every kind of property that was assessed in 1920 as having a rateable value. The Rolls include the names of owners, tenants and occupiers of each property - and in many cases occupations are also listed. The named person in the VRs is usually the head of the household. Please click here to visit the Scotlandspeople website.
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Added 29/10/2013

Name change
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Brightsolid online publishing, the UK company behind findmypast (UK, USA, Australia & Ireland), ScotlandsPeople, The British Newspaper Archive, 1911 Census, 1901 Census Online, Genes Reunited, and FriendsReunited, has changed its name to “DC Thomson Family History”, to align with its Dundee-based media company owner and to focus on its core business, family history.  As a restructure is taking place there may be further changes.
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Added 11/10/2013

Transcribe the Archives
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Members interested in making a positive contribution to the Genealogy of Scotland may wish to sign up to an initiative launched recently on the Scotland's Places website. Contributors are required to spend an hour or two each week transcribing hand written documents, including the Historic Tax Rolls and Ordnance Survey Name Books, into digital format. This will enable the records to be searched more effectively. In return you will have full access to all the records on the Scotland's Places site. Your webmaster has had a go and can report that reading some of the handwriting is definitely a challenge.
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To find out more about this worthwhile task, visit the Scotland's Places website by clicking here. Good luck.
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Added 08/10/2013 

1895 Valuation Rolls
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The 1895 Valuation Rolls for Scotland have recently been added to the Scotlandspeople website. The Rolls for 1905 and 1915 were already on the site.
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The new records, comprising over 2 million indexed names and 75 thousand digital images, cover every kind of building, structure or dwelling that was assessed in 1895 as having a rateable value, and provide a fascinating picture of Scottish society during the late Victorian era. The Rolls contain the names of owners, tenants and occupiers of each property - sometimes occupations are also listed. The head of the household is usually the named person, although sometimes a husband and wife are both included.
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Please click here to visit the website.
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Added 30/05/2013

Scottish Wills
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Scotlandspeople has extended its coverage of wills and testaments from 1902 to 1925 with the addition of about 390,500 new records.
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Please click here to visit their website and to find out more about wills and testaments. 
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Added 29/04/2013

Family Search for All
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Family

Search

FamilySearch have announced that, after months of hard work, their enhanced experience has been launched to the world. At the core of this new experience is Family Tree, the future replacement for new.familysearch.org. Family Tree is a single, universal pedigree that offers new ways to discover, preserve, and share a family story. Readers can discover more about what Family Tree has to offer by clicking here.

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Added 25/04/2013


Statistical Accounts of Scotland
                                           
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We have recently discovered a website which gives access to the Statistical Accounts for all the parishes of Scotland between 1791 and 1845. The reports are said to contain information about a vast range of topics including agriculture, education, trades, religion and social customs.
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Clan members seeking information about the Glenshee area are advised to look for entries under the parishes of Kirkmichael (Perth) and Glenisla (Forfar).
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Please click here to visit the website. 
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Added 12/03/2013

Valuation Rolls for Scotland - 1905
                               
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The Scotlandspeople website has announced that the 1905 Valuation Rolls for Scotland are now available. Members may recall that the 1915 Rolls were published on line early in 2012.
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The new records, comprising over 2.4 million indexed names and over 74,000 digital images, cover every kind of building, structure or property in Scotland which were assessed as having a rateable value in 1905. Fully-searchable both by name and address, the Rolls provide a terrific snapshot of Scottish society during the Edwardian era, and will be a valuable resource for genealogy researchers and local historians.
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Please click here for further information and to visit the Valuation Rolls. 
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Deceased On Line                                                                  
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The UK headstone website, "deceasedonline" has recently added numerous transcriptions and photos for cemeteries in the area administered by Fife Council. There are also listings for Perthshire, Angus and Aberdeenshire as well as for many other areas across the United Kingdom.
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A quick search by the Sennachie found 1254 entries for Thom, 161 for Thoms, 137 for McCombie, 33 for McColm, 18 for McOmie and just one for Tam. He also found entries for former Chiefs and their families.
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Like most UK cemeteries the extant and readable headstones tend to only go back to the mid 1700s. The website is adding new cemeteries every week.
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Please click here to visit the site.
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Added 30/01/2013

'The People of Medieval Scotland' Website
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Clansfolk may be interested to learn about the launch of 'The People of Medieval Scotland' website. Built by the University of Glasgow, at the moment, the website contains 8,600 digital documents from 1093 to 1314, with 21,000 people mentioned in these documents.
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So, if you've got some 'black holes' in your Scottish family history from 1093 to 1314, then this website might be able to help you solve these mysteries.
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Added 27/09/2012

Updates to Scotlands People Website
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Scotlands People have carried out a full index and image refresh on the their website. New indexes for statutory birth, marriage and deaths are now fully searchable until from 1855-2011, including images for statutory births until 1911, marriages 1936, and deaths 1961. They have also updated the County and District drop-down lists. There is also a selection of photographs to celebrate Scotlands People's 10th birthday. 
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Added 27/09/2012

US Census Records - Free Access
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The American Branch of the Ancestry.com website is offering free of charge access its US Census records covering the period from 1790 to 1940 as well as to other related US census collections. This offer end on 3rd September 2012.
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Interested members can click here to visit the website.
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Added 31/08/2012

"Discover Scottish Land Records"
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This latest guide from family historian Chris Paton looks at the complicated records concerning land and property based research in Scotland. For centuries property transactions within the county were governed by feudal tenure, a system which was abandoned in England and Wales in the Middle Ages, but which continued in Scotland until 2004. But feudalism was not the only method by which land was held, with udalism, duthcas, leasehold and more competing as forms of tenure across the country at different times.
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Connected with the rules surrounding property transactions were those associated with the inheritance of land and heritable estate, all of which is explained in great detail. From sassines to skat, from retours to precepts of clare constant, and from apparent heirs to heirs apparent, this concise guide will help you understand better this topic.  For more information about the author please click here.
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Added 29/08/2012

Global Immigration Records
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The Ancestry website is offering free access to global immigration records between the 22nd and 25th August 2012.
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Please click here to visit the site.
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Added 23/08/2012

Wills & Testaments -
now available for only 10 credits each!
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ScotlandsPeople has announced that they have changed the pricing and payment method for purchasing Wills & Testaments documents on their website. Instead of purchasing a Will & Testament through a separate transaction, these documents can now be viewed using ScotlandsPeople credits. As an introductory offer they have also reduced the cost from £5.00 to 10 credits, which is roughly £2.33! To learn more about the Wills & Testaments on the ScotlandsPeople website, click here.
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Added 21/06/2012 

National Archives - Discovery
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The UK National Archives has recently replaced its DocumentOnline facility with a service called Discovery which it says makes it easier to search the records it holds and download digitised copies. Discovery also allows records to be tagged to improve their descriptions and records to be previewed before purchase. Search results can be filtered by subject, date range and collection which returns results in order of relevance.
 
Please click here to view the facility.
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Added 02/06/2012

Find my past
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The genealogy website "findmypast" has announced the launch of its new Australia/New Zealand website which includes a number of new features and types of records.
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A search can now be refined a number of ways including by type of record, event year and keyword.  Also new to the site is a family tree facility that will soon include features such as, uploading photos and records, and creating multiple trees.  Please use the links below to access the findmypast websites in the relevant country:
Ireland
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Added 02/06/2012

Valuation Rolls for Scotland On-Line
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ScotlandsPeople have announced the on-line launch of the 1915 Valuation Rolls (VRs) for Scotland.
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This is the first time that the rolls have been published on-line and allows genealogists, local historians and other researchers to view images of entries in the rolls. Fully searchable both by name and address, the Valuation Rolls provide a fascinating snapshot of Scotland during the First World War, and will be a valuable resource for family history researchers.
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For more information please click here.
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Added 29/03/2012

Digging Up Your Roots                                                      
      
The sixth series of the BBC Scotland family history programme, "Digging Up Your Roots", has recently started. The show offers tips and advice for people who are trying to trace their Scottish ancestors. The programme, presented by Bill Whiteford, is broadcast each Sunday at 12.05pm GMT.
    
The programme on Sunday 29th January will feature a visit to New Register House, Edinburgh, to explore the ScotlandsPeople Centre and the National Records of Scotland.
        
If you miss the program or live outside Scotland, you can listen to the most recent programme via the BBC iPlayer.
       
Added 24/01/2012

Family Search
 
Recently the free family history research website, familysearch.org , added 119 million records online by adding 65 million indexed names and 55 million images - bringing the totals available to 2.58 billion searchable names and 466 million images to browse. There have also been some changes to the way you can conduct searches, such as searching for a surname in a nominated batch. The latest additions include Australian records, 1871 Census of England and Wales, and many USA records. For a list of these additions please click here.
             
In addition to using the Familysearch search facility, researchers can use the "Browse by Location" option on their home page, and other sections such as Trees and Books.
    
Added 15/01/2012
Newspaper Archives
  
A new website has been launched which gives on-line access to the British Library's archive of newspapers published in the UK since 1800.
 
It will take ten years to digitise some 40 million pages from the Library's collection. Initially they are concentrating on certain titles dated before 1900. An brief check on the content already scanned has shown that several titles from the East coast of Scotland are included. These include the Dundee Courier and the Aberdeen Journal.
  
News articles, family notices and obituaries may be of interest to members researching their family histories.
  
Please click here to visit the site.
  
The following article on the BBC website gives more information about the launch.
      
Added 29/11/2011
Scotland’s History Festival
  
Clan members in Scotland may wish to know about the History Festival which will take place in various locations in Edinburgh between the 17th and 30th November.
  
There will be a number of events which will appeal to those interested in researching their family histories.
  
Please click here for further information.
   
Added 12/11/2011

Lest We Forget

     

Members may be interested to know that the Ancestry website is offering free access to World War One related records between 10th and 13th November 2011.

   

Please click here for further information.

          

Added 10/11/2011


 Dundee Science Festival

        

Members living in North East Scotland may be interested to know that the Dundee Science Festival will include a special event on genealogy. This will take place at the DC Thomson Building in Dundee on Sunday 6th November. Experts will be on hand to offer advice, suggestions and tips to anyone who is looking to find out more about their family history, as well as helping those whose research appears to have reached a dead end.

    

For further details please click here.

    

Added 29/10/2011


Census Street Lists

              

The Census Street Lists for the main towns and cities in Scotland have now been added to the ScotlandsPeople site for all census years. These free-to-view books are an excellent research tool and can be used to locate streets and find which enumeration books cover a particular area. In most instances the registration district is also provided. This is an excellent resource for finding who lived at a particular address without searching on a name.

For further information please click here.

 
Added 29/10/2011

Free Access on Ancestry

    

For the first fifteen days of October the Ancestry website is giving users free access to some of their most popular collections from around the world. Furthermore they say that they are helping users make the most of them with a series of quick tutorials.

    

The collections being made available will include the 1920 US Federal Census, the Australia Electoral Roles 1903 - 1954, the England and Wales Birth Index 1916 - 2005 and the 1901 England Census.

    

Please click here for further information.

      

Added 01/10/2011


Immigration Information

 

It has been announced that the Ancestry Website is offering free access to its Immigration records from the 29th August until 6th September 2011. These include details of people arriving in North America, Australia, New Zealand and the UK from the 1700's onwards.

  

Please click here for further details
      
Added 27/08/2011

British Library Google books agreement

    

The British Library has negotiated an agreement with Google whereby texts of books published between 1700 and 1870 will be made available in digital form and able to be downloaded and copied and searched. This is one step in the library’s goal of making the majority of its 14 million books and one million periodicals available in digital form by 2020.   

Please click here to read a BBC report on this subject

or here for the British Library website.
       
Added 10/07/2011


Marriage information
        
To celebrate the Royal Wedding in the UK on 28th April 2011, the Ancestry Website is offering free access to the Marriage indexes for England and Wales (1827 - 2005) from the 21st until 30th April.
Please click here for further details
 
 
Added 21/04/2011

1911 Scottish Census
    
The Registrar General for Scotland has announced that the 1911 census was released on the Scotland's People website on Tuesday 5th April 2011. The images of the original summary books include the name, address, age, occupation, birthplace and marital status of everyone counted in the 1911 census, as well as details about their children. For the first time, the census images are presented in full colour.

      

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Updated 06/04/2011

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Genealogy Publications in the UK

   

Members in the UK may be interested to know that the Telegraph Newspaper recently (19th - 20th February) published information about family history research. The Saturday Telegraph included a booklet entitled "Trace Your Family History - The Essential Step-by-Step Guide" which showed you how to discover your family background in only 14 days. The Sunday paper contained a free CD-Rom web directory pointing readers towards the best and most relevant online resources. Please click here for further information.

    

Your webmaster admits to being a Telegraph reader and has retained the booklet and CD for future reference. Just contact him if you need information from the publication.

       

Added 17/02/2011

Updated 22/02/2011


Family History Exhibition in the UK

 

Family History enthusiasts may be interested to learn that "Who Do You Think You Are" Live will be taking place at London, Olympia between 25th and 27th February 2011. The event is being advertised as the "One Stop Shop for Tracing Your Family History". Please click here for further information.

        

Added 17/02/2011


New FamilySearch Website
     

      

In December 2010 FamilySearch launched their long awaited new website at www.familysearch.org. Searching historical records and databases can now be done from a single page and the search facility is much improved. More data will be added. Not all the data available on the old site is available on the new site, and for that reason you can access the old site from the home page of the new site. Whether you are a regular user of "familysearch" or a new user, it is recommended that you read the guide on how to use the new site by clicking on the What's New box on the home page.
     
Added 01/01/11
Start your Family Tree Week

     

The Scotland's People website has designated 26th December 2010 until 1st January 2011 as "Start your FamilyTree Week". They hope that family discussions around the Christmas dining will encourage people to focus on investigating their family histories. Each day the website will be providing hints and tips on getting started. Please click here for further details.

Scotland's People have also announced that on 1st January 2011 the following new information will be published on their website:

Statutory Register of Births for 1910

Statutory Register of Marriages for 1935

Statutory Register of Deaths for 1960

       

Added 24/12/2010


ScotlandsPeople Website

 

The new-look ScotlandsPeople genealogy website was officially launched in September by the Scottish Tourism Minister, Mr Jim Mather.

  

The revamped service features new search features designed to make it easier and quicker for people at home and abroad to discover their family roots. This includes plotting search results on maps, helping those unfamiliar with Scottish geography - such as users overseas - understand more about Scotland and their ancestors. Following this first revamp of the site since it was launched in 2002, it now offers advanced search functions, providing quicker results, as well as additional information from Catholic Parish Registers.

 

Please click here to visit the site. 

          

Added 22/09/2010


Perthshire History

      

To coincide with Perth 800, archives covering more than 300 years of Perthshire history has been posted on the internet by Ancestry UK. The records date from 1566 to 1901 and include school admissions to details of the local militia. A spokesman for Perth 800 said that the records were hugely significant.

Ancestry UK said they would be of great help to anyone trying to trace an ancestors from the area. Please use the links below to obtain more information:

   

Ancestry UK                             Perth 800

         

Added 29/07/2010


Genealogy Taster Sessions

         

Members interested in starting their family research may be interested to know that the ScotlandsPeople Centre is offering free two hour taster sessions under the magnificent Adam Dome at General Register House in the heart of Edinburgh. After that you can pay ten pounds to study all the records for a whole day.

      

Please click here for further details.

 

Added 29/07/2010


ScotlandsPlaces Website

        

"ScotlandsPlaces" is a new official web site that brings authentic information and images together to help discover places past and present in Scotland. Researchers will find digital copies of maps and plans, photographs, archaeological reports, manuscripts and books relating to Scotland's cities, towns, villages, farms, harbours, churches and public buildings etc. One can search across different national databases by entering a place name or a coordinate, or maps can be used to refine and define a search. Why not try "Glenshee" or "Finegand". Sadly "Clach na Coileach" produces no result.
   
Click here to visit the site and then save it in your favourites.
                                           
Added 08/07/2010

Clan Sennachie 

 

We are delighted to report that our Chief, Andrew MacThomas of Finegand, has appointed Grahame Thom to the role of Clan Sennachie.  

Many Clan members will already know Grahame who comes from Victoria in Australia and has been a member of the Clan Society for some 35 years. He is already the chairman of the Society Archives Committee and has contributed much of the information about genealogy on this website.

 

One of the key roles of the Sennachie is to advise members on matters relating to genealogy and to assist them in tracing their ancestors. This position has been vacant since Roger Pye died in 2001.

 

This appointment, which has been made personally by the Chief, is particularly important at a time when interest in genealogy is growing.

      

Please click here to read Grahame's biography.

 

Added 10/05/2010

Updated 05/06/2011