Saturday, 7 February 2015

Scottish Institute Speakers Confirmed - Day 1

The Scottish Institute, a unique learning opportunity for genealogists who do client work in the Scottish records, will be held in Edinburgh and will offer a series of talks by experts in their respective genealogical fields

Monday October 19

Today's talks will take place at the National Records of Scotland. Here, we will hear from the following experts:

Iain Ferguson, Manager, ScotlandsPeople Centre, who will talk about the records held by the GRO and that are available at the ScotlandsPeople Centre. These differ greatly from the records available online.

An archivist (yet to be named) will talk about the records available at the National Archives of Scotland.

Chris Halliday, manager of the Family History Centre at the Highland Archives in Inverness will share information about what Highland resources are available and how they can be accessed.

Following lunch on our own, Emma and Graham Maxwell, owners of the Scottish Indexes website will discuss their work on the more elusive records that they are indexing and making available online. These include sheriff court records (Paternity Cases), Asylum records, Prison registers and non-OPR BMD records.

Kirsty Wilkinson, owner of My Ain Folk genealogy services will talk to us about palaeography and understanding Scottish handwriting.

We will round out the day at the NRS with a talk by Chris Paton, owner of Scotlands Greatest Story and author of the British Genes blog. Chris will talk on the various church records, how to access them and what information we might find in them.

After dinner on our own, we will walk over to the Scottish Genealogy Society where genealogist Ken Nisbet will share his expertise on researching Military records. Ken will also provide us with a tour of the Scottish Genealogy Society.

We will then retire back to the hotel to get rested up for day two of lectures.

Monday provides 7 hours of learning.

The Scottish Institute is limited to 15 participants. This is a unique learning opportunity which will also allow time to make collaborative relationships through built in networking opportunities.

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