Friday, 8 May 2020

ANOTHER FREE ISSUE OF SCOTTISH BANNER


As we continue to manage our new reality and as we continue to spend a great deal of our time in our homes, Sean is once again offering a way for the Scots Diaspora to remain connected. Many of us will be missing out on Highland Games, Celtic Festivals, Concerts and perhaps even travel this year. The Scottish Banner provides a wonderful way for us to stay connected to one another while managing to stay safe until we can all meet again in person.

Here is the link to YOUR free issue:
https://www.scottishbanner.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/SB-4311-12-May-June-NA.pdf

Please feel free to share with others in your Scottish community. And please, when we get back to whatever our new normal is, consider taking out a subscription as a thank you to Sean for keeping us connected during these very difficult times. 

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

LOOKING FOR SOME LEARNING WHILE ON LOCKDOWN?




I was scheduled to be in Madison Wisconsin on Saturday April 18th for a full day of talks on Scottish genealogy. With Covid -19 and the subsequent lockdown on travel, the Wisconsin Historical Society has decided to host the day virtually instead. And that means that more people can attend since there isn't any need to travel.

So, if you are interested, I will be presenting 4 talks during the day on Saturday, April 18:

  • Getting Started Researching Scottish Ancestors
  • Brick Wall Busters for Scottish Research
  • Step Away from Your Computer - Researching in Libraries and Archives in Scotland
  • They're Away to America - events that led to mass emigration from Scotland to America

All four talks will be live with a chance for Q&A after each one. There will be breaks scheduled throughout the day. The registration fee is $40usd - all proceeds to the Wisconsin Historical Society. Access to the recordings will be available for 30 days after the live presentations. 


Monday, 6 April 2020

Free Webinar April 16th

With societies cancelling in person presentations, I have been asked to provide a webinar to the Canadian Interest Group of the Minnesota Genealogical Society. I will be presenting on Researching HBC and Western M├Ętis Ancestors

The webinar will take place on Thursday, April 16th, 2020 at 7 pm CT. For more information or to register: https://mngs.org/eventListings.php?nm=38#er437



Saturday, 4 April 2020

TARTAN DAY IS GOING ONLINE!

In lieu of the Tartan Day Parade in NYC, the celebration of our Scottish heritage is going online. I received this email from the University of Glasgow:

On Monday 6 April, Tartan Day is going online, with proud Scottish-connected North Americans sporting their finest tartan and raising a toast to Scotland.

As our team can’t travel to celebrate with you, we’ll be taking part as well. Please join us online on 6 April:
  • Take a photo or video showing your Scottish spirit: wear your tartan, raise a glass of your finest whiskey, quote some Burns...Get the whole family involved, the more the merrier and kids (and pets!) are most especially encouraged to participate! 
  • Post to our Facebook page, tag us @UofG_Alumni on Instagram and Twitter or on LinkedIn using #uofgtartanday and #tartanday.
  • If you would prefer to email us something we can share, please hit reply.
Throughout the day we will be celebrating across all our channels:
  1. @UofGlasgowAlumni on Facebook
  2. @UofG_Alumni on Instagram
  3. @UofG_Alumni on Twitter
Other Scottish Universities will be taking part so let’s keep up our strong Glasgow reputation for being the best represented at Tartan Day!

We’ll be sharing too and can’t wait to connect with you in celebration. Even though we’re far apart, we will be together in Scottish spirit!



*with thanks to Jessica, Catherine and Georgia, The International Team

Friday, 3 April 2020

It's OK Not to Be OK





We are living through a world crisis. We are scared, worried and somedays, paralyzed. What we are experiencing is grief. Grief at the loss of our “normal” We have lost our daily routines that gave order and meaning to our days. We have lost physical contact with our loved ones. The people who can help us feel whole just with a hug or sitting closeby. Some of us are grieving the loss of income. And unfortunately, some might be grieving the loss of a life of someone close to us as they have succumbed to this dreaded disease. It really IS ok not to be ok. 

I recognized earlier this week that my grandparents lived through the Spanish Flu pandemic. They had far less information. They didn’t know about social distancing. They didn’t have the scientific community or the advanced health care that we have now. I’m sure they were terrified and kept praying it would stay away from their loved ones.

In dealing with grief, it really is ok to not feel ok. Yes we have all kinds of free time, but we may lack the motivation to do any of the projects that are on our “when I get time” lists. I remember my grief counsellor telling me that grief is a full time job. If I accomplished just one thing each day, I was doing ok. It didn’t have to be anything big. It could be loading the dishwasher, throwing a load of laundry in or going for a walk. Literally one day at a time.

Self care is crucial during times when we feel out of control. Take just 30 minutes each day to take care of YOU. Go for a walk. Read some fluff. Watch mindless comedy. Plan an vacation you likely won’t take. Just remove yourself from reality and ground yourself in something that feels good. That feels normal.

Call in the troops. Phone a friend. Use Facebook video chat, zoom or whatever other tool you have to connect virtually and socially. A belly laugh with a friend or a good cry with a cousin can go a long way to helping rejuvenate our spirits. Reach OUT. 

Turn off the news. It is a constant bombardment and adds to our stress and our loss of control. It heightens our grief. Step away from social media. Turn off notifications. When you do reach out to connect, spend more time on good news stories than on current news stories. Find pictures of animals enjoying life, of babies laughing or of kids saying the darnedest things. Choose uplifting.

We will come out of this. We will find a new normal. Like any loss, things won’t be what they were before but we will carry on. Please feel free to connect with me.

Stay safe. Stay well. Stay focused on taking care of YOU.



Wednesday, 25 March 2020

FOUR FREE ISSUES OF THE SCOTTISH BANNER!

This morning, I received a lovely email from Sean at the Scottish Banner. Here's what he had to say:

Dear Friends,

During this unprecedented time, we are very anxious of what is happening across the globe. With Scottish events being heavily impacted by postponements and cancellations worldwide, members of our Scottish community organisations cannot get out to attend and celebrate Scotland as we have all enjoyed in the past.

Please find attached the latest issue of the Scottish Banner which you are free to distribute to your membership,  which I hope may play a small role in helping to keep members feeling connected to Scotland in this time of social distancing.

If your group has any general news or is doing anything specifically during this extraordinary time, please share it with us so we can share with our readers and followers as now more than ever is the time the Scottish community needs to stand together and support one another. We host the world’s leading international Scottish events listing and our site is being updated daily, if your group has an event change please let us know so the wider Scottish community can keep up to date.

I look forward to when our community can get back to normal and celebrate our great culture, in the meantime the Scottish Banner stands ready in any way we can to assist and support Scottish community organisations both now and in the future.

Best wishes,

Sean has sent me links for you to download FOUR FREE ISSUES:

JANUARY 2020

FEBRUARY 2020

MARCH 2020

APRIL 2020

As their motto says, the Scottish Banner is "uniting Scots around the world" Perhaps more now than ever.  

*with thanks to the Scottish Banner team

Monday, 16 March 2020

CANCELLATION OF MAY 2020 TOURS


We are living in extraordinary times. Extraordinary. I don't alarm when it comes to disease. I read, I listen, I study. I have a well informed understanding of how viruses work. This one is working as it should, but the depth and breadth of it is unprecedented. It is being compared to the Spanish Flu and Polio in terms of the impact on a global level.

I am still not alarmed. But boy have I been sobered. Listening to and reading from an ICU doctor in Italy say he had to decide whose life was worth saving because there simply weren't enough resources to save everyone.

Reading and watching the UK government's plans to switch a car manufacturing plant over to making ventilators. And how they have asked hotels to be on standby to convert to hospitals should the need become overwhelming for existing hospitals.

Listening to people in Europe try desperately to get a flight back home. 48 hours on hold on the phone. Airlines not answering. Online being asked to pay in excess of $5000 for a one way trip that was direct and didn't go through any of the countries currently on lock down. People unsure they will get home and not sure where they are going to stay if they end up being quarantined because their vacation place can't renew.

I have made the very difficult and unprecedented decision to cancel both the Edinburgh and Orkney tours that were scheduled for May 2020. It is incumbent on me to ensure that other's don't need to risk their health and well being to go on a research tour. 

I hope that by September, we will be living in a state of new normal that will allow the September tours to carry on. 

Sunday, 15 March 2020

Self Isolation Doesn't Need to Mean SOCIAL Isolation

We have been asked to stay in and to avoid gatherings. The size of the gatherings depends on the community in which we live. But self isolation doesn't need to mean social isolation. Many people who are retired are conscious of the need to stay active, to stay socially engaged in order to hold depression and even dementia at bay. Knowing we can't right now is heightening anxiety which then may lead to the very things we are trying to keep ahead of. 

I was scheduled for two conferences in April. My schedule has now been completely cleared thanks to cancellations. That, too, has provided me with a unique opportunity. I subscribe to GoToWebinar and have for a number of years. I have, in the past, on a case by case basis, partnered with societies to be the host of a webinar so that they can provide a virtual presentation without having to invest in a platform. This has also allowed them to have speakers for their groups or societies that they might not otherwise be able to afford. It is cheaper to pay the speaker fee  than to pay their fee, their travel, their accommodations, their meals etc. And that makes having them present much more affordable for societies. 

If you are a member of a society that is wondering about programming while we are all being asked to self isolate, I am offering the same to you. Free of charge from my end. You find the speaker and pay them. You, the speaker and I agree to a time. I set up the links and send out the registration information. And at the agreed on time, I run the webinar so that you and your society/group can watch the presentation of your speaker. 

I am also aware that some of you are members of societies where many in your group aren't very skilled with technology and will feel overwhelmed by this. I am also aware that it doesn't have to be that way, and I am open to giving a presentation to your society to help those members feel more comfortable with the web. I will, in an email, walk them through the registration process. Then during my presentation we will look at the free resources that are out there that can be accessed to keep their learning up, to help them fill the time and to help them feel a little less isolated. 

If you are interested in taking me up on either offer, please check my availability HERE then contact me to set things up. (Yes, I literally have the entire month open!)

ps: I am also available to BE the speaker. If you have an interest in having me be your presenter, check the calendar above, send me an email and we can work together to keep your members actively learning. Here are my current topics: https://www.genealogytoursofscotland.ca/looking-for-a-speaker-.html










It's Time to Coorie In




We are living in extraordinary times. I am not going to debate the pros and cons of our request to self isolate. There's loads of that happening on social media. I am going to offer you an opportunity during our government’s request for us all to Coorie In.

This has been a year for the books and we are only in March. Unprecedented fires in Australia. Impeachment of a president. Nuclear disaster warning in Southern Ontario (falsely sent). The death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant. And now Coronavirus/Covid 19.

In decades to come, our descendants will wonder how we coped. How were we, personally, impacted?  Were we worried but the events?

Being Cooried In provides a perfect opportunity for us to write up our own story, to share our worries, fears, thoughts so that future generations will know first hand how we felt, how we coped during this extraordinary year. Take the guess work out of it and leave your story for your descendants by starting a journal. Look back on the recent events and put your thoughts to paper. You can do this. And now you have the time. Take it as a gift and seize the opportunity.



Sunday, 1 March 2020

Can YOU be ready for May 2020?


I have had a very last minute cancellation for May 2020 (17th - 23). If YOU think you can be ready to head to Scotland to research your Scottish ancestors in 10 weeks, let me know! As with all openings, this one will go on a first come, first served basis. 

Sunday, 16 February 2020

ANNOUNCING GENEALOGY RESEARCH TOURS FOR 2021

I can now confirm tours for 2021. Although I had stated that there would be no Edinburgh tour in 2021, I have changed that up. The reason being that I have moved the timing of the tour to April so that the group can also attend the annual conference for the SAFHS which is being held in Dundee on April 24th. I know a couple of you were eager to get to Dundee and this may well be your golden opportunity. 
TWO TOURS: 
EDINBURGH - APRIL 18-23 2021
GLASGOW - APRIL 25 - MAY 1 2021
The Edinburgh tour will begin April 18th which, as always, is the day of arrival. Research will take place at the ScotlandsPeople Centre/NRS for three full days. There will be a chance to research at both the Scottish Genealogy Society and the NLS but the timing will depend on group size. You may have to choose just one of these places.

If you wish to attend the SAFHS conference, you can either:
 
  1. Leave Edinburgh Friday evening and take a train to Dundee (train fees are not included) which will get you into Dundee ahead of the conference. We have rooms reserved at the Best Western in Dundee.  You can stay Friday and/or Saturday.
  2. Remain in Edinburgh Friday night and take the train up to Dundee Saturday morning. The conference usually begins about 10 am. You can stay at the hotel in Dundee on the Saturday evening. 
  3. Remain in Edinburgh throughout and take the train up Saturday, returning to Edinburgh following the close of the conference without staying in Dundee at all and without needing to move your luggage. 
For those staying in Dundee, you may wish to stay in Dundee for a few extra days and do some research locally. If that is the case, let me know and I will see if the hotel has availability.

If you have ancestors from the Aberdeen area, you may wish to attend the conference so that you can speak to the Aberdeen and North East Scotland FHS.  You may then wish to travel to Aberdeen from Dundee to spend a couple of days locally. The train ride is about an hour or the bus is about 90 minutes. Any travel to Aberdeen will be at your own planning and expense.

There will be a Glasgow tour following the SAFHS conference, beginning April 25th, as the day of arrival. If you wish to attend the SAFHS conference ahead of Glasgow research, you can arrive in Dundee on Friday the 23rd and stay in Dundee at the Best Western. You can then head to Glasgow on the Sunday. Train travel from Dundee to Glasgow is not included in the fees.

The Glasgow tour will run from April 25th until May 1st. Research will take place at the Mitchell Library and at both the Lanarkshire FHS and the Glasgow and West of Scotland FHS.

The registration for the 2021 tours is slightly different given that there are options not normally included, namely the opportunity to attend the SAFHS conference. You will notice that rather than just paying your deposit, you will need to fill out a form. This will help ME in keeping track of who is going where. When you click on the registration button, you will be taken to the Scottish ViC site to fill out the registration form and pay the deposit.

For more information and to register:
https://www.genealogytoursofscotland.ca/home.html

 
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Friday, 14 February 2020

North Lanarkshire Poor Law Records Added to Ancestry


In August 2019 many - but by no means all - of North Lanarkshire’s Poor Law records were made available in digitised form on Ancestry.com. This article provides an overview of which records you will be able to find and how you can use them for your family history research.  You can read an extended version of this article on: https://blogs.ancestry.co.uk/ancestry/2019/08/16/making-discoveries-in-the-north-lanarkshire-poor-law-records/

What are Poor Law records?
Poor Law records are records which were created under the Poor Law (Scotland) Act 1845 which established a secular system of distributing poor relief.  The main records of interest to family history researchers are those kept by the official appointed in each parish to investigate cases of poverty and to pay out relief, the Inspector of Poor.  These are the Registers of Poor and the Record of Applications for Relief.
North Lanarkshire Archives’ Poor Law records originate from civil parishes which existed within the former County of Lanark between 1845 and 1930.  On Ancestry you will find the digitised registers of the following parishes: Bothwell, Cambusnethan (Wishaw area), Dalziel (Motherwell area) and Shotts.

Why are these records of interest to family history researchers?
As the application and registration system involved a type of means testing which required detailed information about the person applying for relief and about their family, the resulting records can contain details of your ancestor you would not find together on one page anywhere else.  Poor Law records therefore can help take your research further at any stage of your family history journey.

 

Registers of Poor / later General Registers of Poor
Initially, each parish maintained a Register of Poor (General Register of Poor from 1865).  In this example from a General Register of Poor from Dalziel Parish (below) you can see why these are such a fascinating resource.  The example regards Mary Doyle or Slamin who first applied for poor relief when her husband was ill and then stayed in the system for several years after he passed away.  The document shows at the top her circumstances at the time of her acceptance into the system and in the bottom part what happened to her and her children while she received money from the parish.


Registers of Poor/General Registers of Poor digitised:
CO1/23 Bothwell Parish
Bothwell Parish Council. Register of poorhouse inmates. 1905 – 1909
Bothwell Parish Council. Children's separate register. 1909-1915
Bothwell Parish Council. Register of guardians. 1909-1915
Bothwell Parish Council. Register of other parish poor. 1912-1914
Bothwell Parish Council. General Register of Poor. 1894-1915
Bothwell Parochial Board. General Register of Poor. 1862-1888
Bothwell Parochial Board. Account, charge and discharge, and list of registered poor. 1892-1896
CO1/26 Cambusnethan Parish
Cambusnethan Parochial Board. Register of Poor. 1863 - 1864
Cambusnethan Parish Council. Register of other parish poor. 1885 - 1915
CO1/37 Dalziel Parish
Dalziel Parish Council. Registered poor pay roll. 1893-1912
Dalziel Parish Council. General Register of Poor. 1883-1892 and 1900-1916
CO1/54 Shotts Parish
Shotts Parochial Board. Register of Poor. 1846-1865 and 1871-1879
Shotts Parish Council. General Registers of Poor. 1870-1911

Applications for Relief
Application Registers contain more entries per year than the Registers of Poor as multiple applications from individual paupers are recorded as well as details of the so called 'casual poor', i.e. persons who received a one-off payment from the inspector without a decision by the board and therefore were not recorded on the poor roll.
The applications for poor relief recorded the main information the Inspector of Poor required to make a decision on the applicant.  These included:
·       Age
·       Religion (Prot. – R.C.)
·       Occupation
·       Average Value of Earnings per week
·       Names of Dependants and Children living with Applicant, and Ages and Earnings
·       Names of Children not living with Applicant (Ages – Residences – and Earnings)
·       Country of Birth (English, Irish, Foreign – or Parish if Scotland)
·       Condition (Married – Single – Widow – Widower – Orphan – Deserted – Separated)
·       Cause of Disablement, whether Wholly or Partially
·       Wholly or Partially Destitute
·       Name of Parents and circumstances if alive
·       Length of Residence in present House and of previous Residences (Settlement – Parishes claimed against &c.)

Application registers digitised:
CO1/23 Bothwell Parish
Bothwell index to registers of applications. 1900-1914
CO1/26 Cambusnethan Parish
Cambusnethan applications for relief. 1855-1916
CO1/37 Dalziel Parish
Dalziel application registers. 1865-1875 and 1877-1917

Poorhouse records
Only one item specifically dealing with poorhouse residents has been digitised which is the New Monkland Parish Poorhouse register of inmates, 1849 – 1862 (CO1/50/24).
There were several other poorhouses in North Lanarkshire whose specific registers have not survived.  However, you may find that your ancestor was sent to the poorhouse (indoor relief), rather than receiving outdoor relief, from their entries in the Application Registers and General Registers of Poor.

(with thanks to NL Archivist Wiebke McGhee)

Please contact HeritageCentre@culturenl.co.uk if you have any questions about the above and if you are interested in records which have not been digitised.




Wednesday, 12 February 2020

MyHeritage Colourization Tool - GAME CHANGER

In what is probably the biggest genealogical breakthrough since DNA, MyHeritage announced yesterday, their new Colorization Tool, MyHeritage in Color

As the keeper of the family memories, I have hundreds of photos. The tool is quick and easy to use and I must say the transformation from black and white to "living colour" is impactful. It hits you right in the feels. 

MyHeritage allows you to play with the program for free. On about 10-12 photos. Then you are taken to a payment page to subscribe. The subscription that allows unlimited colorization is the Premium Plus Complete Plan which was $269 cad. 

You can upload photos one at a time while in the MyHeritage in Color tool or you can upload several at a time to your photo album and then colourize them from there. The original B&W is retained. You can share your "new" photos on social media, copy a link to email the album or download individually to your computer. I found that on the first night, I was also limited in the number I could download and that was quite frustrating. The only way I could get them to my computer was to view the full image and "save as". The problem with that was they were all in JFIF format. None were shareable. I had to then download an extension to Chrome, email them to myself and then they were all automatically converted to JPEG upon download. Very cumbersome. However, that may have been a result of overuse of the site because today, there was no problem saving the photos directly from the colourization tool. And all in JPEG. 



The tool still needs some tweaking. It doesn't work well with blue and red, often giving a grey or mottled colour pattern, as seen on my dad's shirt. I can guarantee my dad never owned a camouflage shirt! 



Similarly, it appears colour blind between green and red, in one case turning a green and white striped shirt to red and white. And it doesn't recognize environmental factors such as shade/shadowing, as is seen here in my grandpa's seemingly diseased arm which is in fact in the shade. 



That said, these glitches are not enough for me not to recommend the tool. It is fun, addictive and very much a game changer when it comes to preserving family memories. As my cousin said, "it makes the photos look like they were just taken yesterday" and in so many ways brings the people and the places in the photos back to living memory. 








Photos evoke memories long suppressed. Seeing the black and white photos come to life with the colourization tool deepens and strengthens those memories and all of the warm feelings of love, belonging and connection that the memories hold. Without a doubt, the MyHeritage in Color tool is the new big thing in genealogy and family history. Well done to the MyHeritage team. 

Thursday, 30 January 2020

FREE FEBRUARY WEBINARS

I have scheduled 8 webinars for February. Four on Preserving Memories and 4 on Scottish research. Preserving Memories are on Wednesdays and Scottish are on Thursdays.

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 5th, 8:00 pm eastern
Introduction to FOREVER permanent cloud storage

Learn how to use permanent online storage to organize your genealogy research. Learn about nesting albums to store your documents and photos according to family. The Forever guarantee is to store and preserve your precious photos, documents and videos for your life time plus 100 years. Guaranteed. Assign an account manager. Decide what happens to your photos and videos after you are no longer here. https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/688316673737616141

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 12th, 8:00 pm eastern
Introduction to Artisan Scrapbooking Software

Learn the features of this robust digital scrapbooking software. Artisan is 100% editable allowing you to make each page or project uniquely your own.
NOTE: Artisan is not compatible with MAC computers. https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6292426285442347277

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 19th, 8:00 pm eastern
Create a Family Memory Book Tonight

Using Forever's Design and Print, you can quickly and easily create a quality memory book to share with family and friends. Take those holiday, vacation, reunion, sports championship photos and drop them into a book so that they can be shared with others instead of being stored on your phone or camera card. Design and Print works on MAC and PCs. You can even create a book from your phone, iPad or tablet while waiting in the doctor or dentist office, waiting for kids or partners to be finished in the change room or waiting for kids to exit the school. Let me show you how. https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/233383842140876557

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26th, 8:00 pm eastern
LET'S GET THOSE MEMORIES CONVERTED!

Do you have a drawer, shoebox, tote or closet full of photos, slides, negatives, videos, disks or 8mm films? Join me online while I walk you through a conversion order. In less than an hour you will be ready to send those memories in to have them converted to be reclaimed, shared and enjoyed. https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/629452119771791115

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 6th, 8:00 pm eastern
GETTING STARTED WITH SCOTTISH RESEARCH

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1013877668675306509

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 13th, 8:00 pm eastern
BRICKWALL BUSTERS FOR SCOTTISH RESEARCH

 https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9006156222723426829

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 20th, 8:00 pm eastern
ONLINE SOURCES FOR SCOTTISH RESEARCH

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4519500069588171277

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 27th, 8:00 pm eastern
RESEARCHING HBC AND METIS ANCESTORS

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/352714938614765837

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

A Day Lost and a Lifetime Gained

Back in December, I sent in a box full of old 8mm films from 50+ years ago to Forever. One I was particularly interested in was me in Scotland as a child.


 I have the patience of a gnat. However, Forever sent an email to let me know that my conversion box had safely arrived. Then they sent me an email letting me know how much I owed for their services. Then they sent me an email letting me know when my order was lined up for production with an estimated date of when I could expect the conversion to be complete. That date was next week.

Yesterday morning, I received an email saying the work was complete. And that led me into a fantastic walk down memory lane. In real life. I could see my grandparents walking and interacting. I could see my mum, dad, aunts, uncles, cousins and family friends as real as if they were all still with us. I was so excited that I shared a few of the movies on Facebook with cousins. 


One in particular - the one I was anxious to see, has been shared and shared and shared since my grandfather had taken us to visit his brother's family, and two of my aunts. And because I have the premium video plan, everyone was able to watch the movies without having to download them first. 


The email from Forever came in about 10 am. I surfaced briefly at 6:30 pm to have a bite to eat and then was completely immersed in shared memories once again. Some might think I had lost a full day yesterday. But in reality, I gained an entire lifetime of memories. Memories really are priceless and precious. 

Not only did I gain back memories, but so did my cousins, aunts and uncles. Across two countries. We "gathered" on Facebook to share the stories, the memories and the laughs. We "gathered" via texts, messenger and on the phone to share as well. A day immersed in family. A lifetime of love and belonging deepened and strengthened. 

Isn't Forever expensive? Honestly? No. All of those reclaimed memories cost me less than others paid for a single film. And the platform allows me to share directly from my storage account. My family's memories are safe and secure and will outlast us by several generations. Immeasurable. 

Monday, 27 January 2020

ViC 2020 is in the Books!



This year's ViC was incredibly successful. And for that I have to thank each and every one of the attendees for trusting that the program was going to be worth the money and time that you invested.

I owe a great deal of thanks to this year’s presenters as well:

Stephen Mullen
Irene O’Brien
Margaret Fox
Emma Maxwell
Aoife O’Brien

Thanks to each of you for being so willing to share your knowledge with us and for making the day such a success. The feedback has been terrific and each one of you received accolades on your presentations. New information that we didn’t know before the day started and a renewed interest in the lives of our Scottish ancestors.

Ideas are already coming in for next year, from both attendees and speakers. And that tells me how engaged people are in this learning platform. Save the date! ViC 2021 will be Saturday, February 23.

Friday, 24 January 2020

Time is Running Out!


Registration for this year's Scottish ViC ends at midnight tonight. NO late registrations will be entertained. Once the registration link closes, that will end the opportunity to learn from this year's presenters on this year's topics.

Registration allows access to the recordings of the presentations for 30 days following the ViC so there is lots of time to go back and review or watch during waking hours.

7 Presentations:

Glasgow and the Caribbean Slave Trade by Dr Stephen Mullen
Researching Scottish Deaths by Dr Irene O'Brien
Using Newspapers for Scottish Research by Aoife O'Connor
Scottish Asylum Records by Emma Maxwell
Scottish Wills and Testaments by Margaret Fox
Scottish Prison Records by Emma Maxwell
Scottish Emigration to Canada by Christine Woodcock

Lots of chances to win free prizes

26 credits to add to your ScotlandsPeople account for everyone who is registered.

Don't miss out. Register HERE

*please note that your registration is NOT complete until you have paid the fees*


Wednesday, 22 January 2020

LAST CHANCE FOR THE SCOTTISH ViC


We are less than 72 hours away from this year's virtual conference for Scottish genealogy. Registration closes at midnight Friday. This ensures everyone gets the chance to be ready for Saturday.

We have 7 fantastic presentations on tap for the day.

Glasgow and the Caribbean Slave Trade
Researching Scottish Death
Using Newspapers for Scottish Research
Scottish Asylum Records
Scottish Wills and Testaments
Scottish Prison Records
Scots Emigration to Canada

ALL presentations are recorded allowing you to join us at the time of day that works for your schedule. You do not need to get up before dawn, or pull an all nighter to take part in the ViC. Simply jump in when you are ready and go back to view the presentations you missed when time allows. It's like shotgun golf. Start on presentation 3 perhaps and end on 2. Or start at 5 and end on 4. You won't miss any flow if you don't watch the presentations in order.

If you live in Aus or NZ, perhaps you can watch presentation one, head to bed, get up and catch presentation 7. Then go back at your leisure and watch the other presentations. If you are on the west coast, start with presentation 3 and after the day is over, go back and watch the first two. If you have plans for Burn's Night, watch until it is time to go get ready, go and enjoy the haggis and whisky then watch the remaining presentations on Sunday.

Prizes will be drawn throughout the day. You do NOT need to be online at the time of the drawing. If you are a winner and not able to join at that time, your prize will still be sent to you. If you are registered, you are eligible to win.