Friday, 23 July 2010

Angus and Dundee Roots Festival 2010

From Tayroots:


This year’s Angus and Dundee Roots Festival will run from Thursday, September 23 until Monday, September 27 and will consist of a long weekend packed full of events devoted to assisting family historians with ancestral links to the east coast of Scotland.

During this year’s Festival, the inaugural Tayroots McManus Lecture will be held at the McManus Galleries in Dundee on Sunday, September 26, when ancestral historian and highly-popular television presenter, Nick Barratt will examine how family history has been transformed by media channels such as the internet. “This will be my third visit to the Tayroots Festival and every time, I am further impressed by the enthusiasm ancestral history is greeted with and the wealth of ancestral research material available in the Angus and Dundee area,” said Nick.

The Angus & Dundee Roots Festival 2010 will also be celebrating the 21st anniversary of the Angus Archives, which house hundreds of years of documents and records relating to the families, buildings and businesses of the county of Angus. Very aptly, the anniversary celebrations at the Angus Archives on Monday, September 27 will include free Deceased On Line taster sessions, a local history quiz, entry to a prize draw for a copy of ‘Angus in Old Photos’, children’s activities, tea, coffee, birthday cake – and a glass of celebratory fizz!

There will also be a tour of Dundee’s Howff Graveyard, the final resting place for people from all echelons of Dundee’s society. These graves, which stretch back to medieval times, have many fascinating stories to tell – and this tour will be a chance to hear the best of these, while also learning about the mysterious symbols that are carved into the gravestones.

The Local & Family History Fair in Montrose Town Hall will provide an extensive range of opportunities for family historians to undertake research or seek advice from experts, specialist organisations and groups. Other highlights of the Angus & Dundee Roots Festival 2010 include guided history walking tours; talks from experts in genealogical research; and open days at Tay Valley Family History Centre, Dundee University Archives, Dundee Family History Centre and Angus Registrars. In addition, there will be an evening of traditional stories and music by Master Storyteller Bob Pegg and harpist Heather Yule.

The Angus and Dundee Roots Festival is organised by Tayroots, a joint initiative by Angus Council and Dundee City Council to promote ancestral tourism. For more information about the Angus & Dundee Roots Festival, visit

(Thanks to Wendy Glass)

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