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Name Day: The Frasers
Free Drop-in Event, Highland Archive Centre, Bught Road, Inverness, Friday 3rd June 11am - 3pm

Including: a display of original archives that tell stories of individuals, families and events involving Frasers; information on the clan, tartans, famous Frasers and more; a quiz for all ages; displays from Highland History and Culture website Am Baile; and, family trees of some main Fraser lines.

For more information call 01463 256433, e-mail or online at

New ScotlandsPeople Website
SAFHS has been given an assurance by ScotlandsPeople that, when the new website takes over in October: All client accounts will be transferred to the new system; all credits will be valid; all images paid for and already viewed will remain on the individual client accounts; ScotlandsPeople vouchers will be valid; pricing will remain as it is at present.

It is planned to phase out the "hard" ScotlandsPeople vouchers, which will be replaced by codes. SAFHS will be having a meeting with ScotlandsPeople in due course regarding the status of the existing discount system, with the aim of negotiating a new deal.

The ScotlandsPeople Centre in Edinburgh will also operate using the new website.

The SAFHS Executive has recognised the concerns of SAFHS member societies and their members, and hopefully this statement will put your minds at rest.

Janet M Bishop, SAFHS Chairman

University of Strathclyde’s Summer Institute of Genealogical Studies
The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow have announced their 2nd annual event, running from 27th June to 1st July 2016, and aimed at intermediate to advanced level family history researchers, with courses designed to help researchers learn new skills, experience something different and enjoy meeting fellow genealogists.

This year’s courses are:

British Military Research taught by Simon Fowler, author of Tracing your Army Ancestors and Tracing your Second World War Ancestors and much more.

Irish Resources and Research Techniques taught by William Roulston and Gillian Hunt of the Ulster Historical Foundation.

Practical Applications of Genetic Genealogy taught by Alasdair Macdonald, Debbie Kennett and John Cleary.

Each course runs for five days. Booking can be made for individual days and you can mix and match between courses. Registration is ongoing, get in quick before early bird rates end on the 1st of May; postgraduate genealogy programme alumni discounts are available.

For more information see, or call 0141 548 2392.

1911 Census for Scotland
The 1911 Census for Scotland taken on the the 2nd of April 1911, was made available for Family historians on the 5th of April 2011.

One of the unique bits of information on the 1911 Census which has not been seen on previous census is the Fertility information this shows for a married couple the number of children both living and deceased from that marriage.

The pages have also been digatised in colour for the first time, they became available from the 5th of April both at the Family History centre in Edinburgh and on the Scotland's People web- site.

You cannot scroll through an entire district, only the enumeration district, or institution you have gone into, whereas in previous census you could go through an entire district by going forwards or backwards and paying the appropriate number of credits. With this census you would have to find an entry in each enumeration district and then go forwards or backwards. An example would be Nairn Parish, which has 13 enumeration districts or Cawdor Parish, which has 6. This is relevant to those persons doing local history projects or for doing the history of a street where the street might fall within 2 enumeration districts. The Free Headers will give you a description of the enumeration district and can be found on page 2 of the header.

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