Saturday, 3 January 2009

Scottish Family History in 2009

A belated Happy New Year to everyone, and I hope you had a great festive season! I promised a quick heads up on things to come, so here goes...!

For the family historian in Scotland, 2009 has lots happening, and of course Homecoming Scotland is the big event of the year. There is a considerable amount of activity happening on the genealogical front within this, with highlights including the International Genealogy Festival at the University of Strathclyde, the Routes to your Roots conference in Stirling, the Famous Scots exhibition at the ScotlandsPeople Centre, the Gathering, and more. For a detailed itinerary visit the Homecoming Scotland website.

Who Do You Think You Are Live again takes place from February 27th to March 1st at London's Olympia. It's a long way to go, but most definitely worth it, as all the biggest vendors in the genealogical world will be there, with many new product launches. More at And don't forget the National Family History Fair at Gateshead on September 12th!

The Scottish Association of Family History Societies is this year hosting a Scottish Family History Fair and Conference at Aberdeen's King's College Conference Centre, hosted by Aberdeen and North East Scotland FHS, on April 25th. For more information visit

On records releases, the 1911 English and Welsh census is due very soon from FindmyPast, and has in fact just completed a beta demonstration online for many southern English counties. It is pricier to view original images than censuses on Scotland's People and other English census sites, but there will also be an option to view transcriptions at a cheaper rate. The 1911 census for Ireland is well underway, and along with the 1901 census is expected to be released in its entirety towards the middle of the year at As for the Scottish 1911 census - sorry, we'll have to wait for that until 2012!

Scotland's People has just updated its births and deaths indexes for 1908 and 1958. Marriages for 1933 will be along soon, and then in the near future, pre-1855 burial images, Roman Catholic register records and the 1881 census (original images). The ScotlandsPeople Centre also opens on Monday January 12th after a successful test period of limited openings for free two hour taster sessions (which will continue).

A major development on the Northern Irish front is the launch of the eCATNI electronic catalogue by PRONI, which will be online within the next fortnight. This is to be followed with Belfast and Ulster Street directories, in the very near future.

On the personal front, I've a book project currently on the go, and am putting together a new website on North Ayrshire genealogy in the next few months, so plenty to keep me busy!

Enjoy the year ahead, and good luck with all your research...!

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