Tracing families

THE interest in family history and the quest to trace family trees have increased dramatically in recent years.

The Tay Family History Society provides an excellent facility for those wishing to access websites from their premises at 179-181 Princes Street, Dundee.

The office is fitted out with computers which have site licences which enable visitors to access a number of research programmes whilst tracing their family history.

The office is run entirely by volunteers who are looking ahead to a busy new year as joint organisers of a major conference which will be held in the city in April.

The society also holds monthly meetings throughout the year which attracts a variety of speakers.

Local volunteer Mary Daun from Forfar explained there is a volunteer currently offering six week sessions in introducing people to how to trace their family tree.

She said: “If you come along when we are open, volunteers like me can help out.

“There is also an extensive library of resources and we have all the pre-1855 church records on micro-fiche for people to look at as well. We get people coming from Australia, American, Canada just dropping in.”

The Tayside Society, along with counterparts from Fife, have a busy start to the new year as they are jointly organising the 23rd annual conference and fair of the Scottish Association of Family History Societies. It will be held on April 21 in the Bonar Halls at Dundee University.

Entitled “Crops, Cloth, Cod ‘n’Coal”, it has attracted a full programme of speakers including former Angus councillor Ron Scrimgeour from Forfar who will talk on the Dundee Weaver Craft. Other topics include crops in 1700s and 1800s and Fife fishing ports.

The event will also feature a large book fair throughout the day, and all the family history societies will have a table selling their wares.

Application forms are available from The Meffan in Forfar, from the museums in Montrose, Kirriemuir, Brechin and Arbroath. or from the Tay Valley Family History Society, 179-181 Princes Street, Dundee, DD4 6DQ.

The office is open from 10 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday, from 7 pm to 9 pm on a Thursday and from 10 am to 12 noon on Saturday.