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Awards for All Homecoming 2014
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Some Words of Thanks
The SAFHS Conference 2014 Committee would like to thank all Speakers, Delegates, Standholders and Sponsors for their support of the event - you all contributed to the success of the day.

A special thanks to our stewards; to Dee Williams, who performed the opening ceremony; and to Master of Ceremonies, Stephen Leitch.


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[Bruce B Bishop] The Carnegie Conference Centre in Scotland’s ancient capital, Dunfermline, is to be the setting for the 25th Anniversary Conference of the Scottish Association of Family History Societies. Many of the leading figures and societies in Family History in Scotland will be at the Conference and Family History Fair, and you will find a wealth of information and guidance to help you on your journey back though your own family history.

There has already been considerable interest in the event; bookings of tables by Family History Societies and by the Genealogy ‘trade’ are going extremely well, and showing a wide cross-section of sales and information tables to interest the visitor. Even though there are six months to go until the Conference, the Delegate bookings are encouraging.

The Programme for the event has now been finalised, and can be found here. We look forward to welcoming you as a delegate, visitor or standholder, in Dunfermline, on 26 April 2014!

Bruce B Bishop

Conference Sponsors:
  Awards for All - visit website

  Visit Scotland - visit website

  Fife Family History Society -
  visit website

  FamilySearch - visit website

  Federation of Family History
  Societies - visit website

  My Heritage - visit website

  Association of Genealogists &
  Researchers in Archives - visit

Fair Exhibitors:
  Click here to see the current
  list of fair exhibitors.






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Speaker Profiles

[Ian leith]
Ian Leith
"The Men Who Went Far, Far Away: Caithness & Patagonia"

[David Holman]
David Holman
"Using British Medals to help fill out your family tree"

[Martyn Gorman]
Martyn Gorman
"Echoes of the Scottish Resurrection Men"

[Ken Nisbet]
Ken Nisbet
"Using Newspapers to Research Your Family History"

[Ian leith]
Lloyd Pitcairn
"It’s only a Beginning"

Kirsteen Mulhern
"Palaeography Pointers for Working with older Scottish Records"

[Steve & Jennifer Benson]
Steve & Jennifer Benson
"Children's Workshop"

[Jim Ryan]
Jim Ryan
"Sources for Irish Family History"

Ian Waller
Hilary Clare

SAFHS 2014 Conference Committee


[SAFHS 2014 Conference Committee]


The Venue
Carnegie Conference Centre is situated just over the famous Forth Road Bridge and the Forth Rail Bridge.

It is well-connected to the major transport hubs, 20 minutes from Edinburgh International Airport, and close to three local train stations; national bus routes from all of Scotland’s major cities stop outside the Centre.

This makes Carnegie Conference Centre ideal for the SAFHS 2014 Homecoming Conference.

The Centre is located on the outskirts of the historic town of Dunfermline, just off the M90.

Dunfermline is the ancient capital of Scotland, the burial place of many of the country’s monarchs, including Robert the Bruce and St Margaret.
[Best Western] Best Western Plus Keavil House Hotel, Crossford is pleased to offer a preferential rate of £99 B&B with advanced purchase discount of 10% for Friday 25th and Saturday 26th April 2014. This lovely country house hotel, just 2 miles from the location of the Conference in Dunfermline, has an award winning restaurant and leisure spa so makes a visit to Fife something really special. To gain this rate, book direct, phone the hotel on 01383 736258 and quote Family Histories Conference

If you want to make a weekend of it, there is an Express by Holiday Inn in the grounds of the Carnegie Conference Centre are offering a lower than usual rate for the Confernce weekend, call 01383 748220 or fax 01383 748221 for more details.

There are several other hotels and guest houses all Dunfermline) are in close proximity:

    Premier Inn, 4-12 Whimbrel Place, Fife Leisure Park
    Travelodge, Halbeath Junction, Halbeath
    Auld Mill House Hotel, Halbeath Road
    Clarke Cottage Guest House, 139 Halbeath Road
    Garvock Guest House, 82 Halbeath Road

"In 2014 Scotland welcomes the world to join in the exciting Year of Homecoming. In addition to the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup, there's our year-long programme of events and activities to showcase all that's great about Scotland; mouth-watering food & drink events, lots to get you active in our great outdoors plus spectacular arts, cultural and ancestral heritage to explore. Whenever you come and wherever you visit, you’ll be very welcome so join us and be part of Homecoming Scotland 2014!

Homecoming 2014 is an open invitation for the world to return to explore their roots, their clan heritage and discover more about how and where their Scottish forebears lived.

… Join us on a fascinating historical journey as we celebrate Scotland’s unique identity and welcome the world through inspirational events and festivals throughout 2014.
" (From VisitScotland Year of Homecoming 2014)
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