Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

Archive for 2003

Why the Church Magazine is a good source of Genealogical Information

Saturday, December 20th, 2003

One excellent source of genealogical information is the Church Magazine which is done by many Churches. As within these magazines there is normally a wealth of useful Genealogical information. For example there is always a section in the magazine for Baptisms, Deaths and Marriages done by the particular Church. As a for example I have noted the type of information found in the Church magazine for St Thomas-Junction Road Church-Leith. (more…)

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Suffragette Documents Displayed For The First Time

Saturday, December 20th, 2003

o celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the formation of the Women’s Political and Social Union, The national archives are releasing a number of important documents and running a variety of special events.

This includes a moving selection of petitions, police files and private correspondence will go on display at Kew. This exhibition explores the issue of votes for women that divided the nation

From October 6 – December 31
The March of Women: Exhibition.
The National Archives, Kew. Free.
Mrs Pankhurst at the FRC
Exhibition of documents relating to Emmeline Pankhurst.
The Family Records Centre, London. Free.

November 22
Suffrage Conference.
The National Archives, Kew

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See Behind The Scenes at Kew

Saturday, December 20th, 2003

Visit the dark vaults where we keep the nation’s secrets…

As well as giving you a thorough introduction to The National Archives, these tours of the National Archives at Kew offer a rare opportunity to visit one of our secret, bomb-proof repositories, not normally open to the public.

Discover how government and MI5 select files to open to the public and why some remain secret. See the measures take to protect our nation’s documents from bombs, the environment and thieves. See the work that goes into conserving the nation’s valuable manuscripts. Learn how to become a reader to access and handle documents for yourself. Find our how to start family and military history and many other topics.

Tours last approximately two hours and start at 11am and 2pm every Saturday and the second Friday of every month. Children are more than welcome but should be accompanied by an adult. To book call 020 8876 3444

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The Clans of Scotland-The Chisholm family

Saturday, December 20th, 2003

The name Chisholm has the very strange meaning of “waterside meadow for producing cheese” and could stem from Northumbria which came under Scottish control around 900AD. However in fact the name originated from Roberton in Roxburghshire and spread by the 13th century to Berwickshire. (more…)

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UK Birth Marriages and Death (UK BMD) website

Saturday, December 20th, 2003

The excellent UK Birth Marriages and Death (UK BMD) website has had a relaunch with a new look and a mention on BBC Radios 2 Steve Wrights “Website of the day” (29th of August) the UK BMD is going from strength to strength. (more…)

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The Cadet Branches of the Campbell Family

Saturday, December 20th, 2003

The main branch of the Clan Campbell Were the Argylls however there were several cadet branches of the family which became in many ways Clans in their own right. Such as the Campbells of Glenorchy, which in time became Bradalbane, and the Campbells of Cawdor. (more…)

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The Clans of Scotland-the Campbell family

Saturday, December 20th, 2003

The Campbell clan was one of the most ruthless in Scotland having dealings with Rob Roy Macgregar. (more…)

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Barclay Clan

Saturday, December 20th, 2003

It is always imagined that all the members of the great families and Clans of Scotland are all card carrying Scots. However, historical speaking many of them came into Scotland by being invited by David I. The reason for this was that David I didn’t want to be invaded by Norman England and so he invited the Normans into Scotland with promises of land in return for protection against a possible Norman invasion of Scotland which never happened. (more…)

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Armstrong Clan

Saturday, December 20th, 2003

The Armstrong clan were famous Border Rievers mentioned in the Border Ballads. This is where we start in our search for the Scottish Clans. (more…)

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Scottish Clan system

Saturday, December 20th, 2003

The origin of the Scottish Clan system is lost in the mists of time. However we only really become aware of them in the fourteenth century when John of Fordun wrote “The manner of the Scots varies with the diversity of their speech. For two languages are spoken among them, the Scottish (Gaelic) and the Teutonic (lowland Scots) the later is the language of those who occupy the seaboard and the plains, while those of Scottish speech inhabit the highlands and isles. The people of the coast are of domestic and civilised habits, trusty, patient, and urbane, decent in the attire, affable, and peaceful….yet always ready to resist a wrong at the hand of their enemies. (more…)

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