Local & Family History
We are a small informal group interested in building our family trees and in studying the heritage of our local geographic areas. Last year we managed to meet rather sporadically – only four times! On each occasion, we concentrated on updating ourselves about websites that can help us to investigate historical buildings and land use, including the homes of our ancestors.
At the first meeting we looked mainly at the Valuation Rolls that are now available on the ScotlandsPeople website. We used the second meeting to explore the Highland Historical Environment Record (HER), with a particular emphasis on finding information about the historic features to be found along the Beauly Firth coastline. In our first meeting of 2018, we delved into the ScotlandsPlaces website, a lesser-known site that holds a huge variety of records mainly about vernacular buildings. Our final meeting was taken up by investigating the detailed area profiles and population data that can be derived from the decennial census data, and is available on the ScotlandsCensus website.
This year, 2018-19, we are returning mainly to the investigation of our family histories, sharing experiences and helping each other to break through the ‘brick walls’. It’s not too late to join us. Contact Local & Family History for further details.