I recently wrote a post about HISTORICAL & FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETIES–GREAT RESOURCES FOR YOUR RESEARCH. As a follow up to, today, I am writing about a family history society over in Scotland that has many resources and publications to share. This society is just one example of the reasons to seek out the societies in your area of research.
From their website:
“The Aberdeen & North-East Scotland Family History Society exists to assist and promote the study of genealogy and family history based on the North-East corner of Scotland. This area covers the old counties of Aberdeenshire, Banffshire, Kincardineshire and Morayshire.
The Society owns premises in the centre of Aberdeen with a well stocked library and a huge selection of microfilm, microfiche and CD resources.
The Society holds regular meetings throughout the year, covering many topics of interest to family historians. Meetings are held in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Elgin, Glasgow and in the West Midlands of England.”
Because of the many ancestors I have from the Aberdeen, Scotland area, I located and joined this society several years ago. The fee for an annual membership is $25.
The society also has a Facebook page which you can locate here
One of the benefits I spoke of at the beginning of this post are publications. This particular society has a booklet with over 60 pages of publications for sale.
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Here is the Table of Contents from this publication booklet. (All pages copied with permission from the society)
Please note that they have local histories, census indexes, maps and many other wonderful publications.
Here is a sample of publications available just for Monumental Inscriptions (cemeteries).
I had received information from an email inquiry I made to the Aberdeen Family History Society regarding the burial locations for my 2nd great grandparents, Charles Milne and Margaret Ritchie. They are buried at Aboyne Kirkyard, which is located in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. I knew that I was going to be making a trip to Aberdeen this past spring. Finding out that I would be able to visit these 2nd great grandparents burial site was wonderful.
I proceeded to order 3 publications from the society that I felt may contain names of some of my ancestors. The cost for the publications is pretty minimal . The ones I ordered were all about 2.50 pounds or about $4, depending on the current conversion rate.
NOTE: Some of their publications can be ordered as eBooks, downloaded in PDF format, if that is more convenient for you. I went to Amazon and typed in “monumental inscriptions” and found these. I’m not sure what you might find on other sites.
Monumental Inscriptions of Northeast Scotland
Here are the publications I ordered from the society in paper format.
Here is a page from their publication for The Kirkyard of Aboyne compiled by Sheila M. Spiers. You can see my 2nd great grandparents, Charles Milne and Margaret Ritchie listed here.
When we went to Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, Scotland I was able to visit Aboyne Kirkyard. In fact, if you look at the top of this blog you will see a picture of that churchyard. It was a lovely location.
Before I went to the cemetery I checked on findagrave.com to see if the cemetery had been photographed and/or how many memorials were listed. At that time there were only 73 interments posted for this cemetery. So, while I was there, although our time was limited, I took as many photos as I could. Specifically of surnames I have an interest in, like Milne and Ritchie. As of today there are 191 interments on findagrave for this cemetery. Here is a link to the cemetery on the findagrave site Aboyne Kiryard.
And I just have to share the pictures of me at the Kirkyard. It took me a while to find that little cross headstone. Charles & Margaret’s names are on the very bottom (second photo). That’s the smile of a very happy 2nd great granddaughter.
I was really happy to be able to help document a portion of this cemetery on findagrave so that others can find their family members. What was great about this too was that once I got home and was able to conduct more research based on the photos I took, I connected to several more of the people buried there.
The bottom line of all this is to take advantage of the resources available at all the historical & family history societies/centers around the country and around the world.
We all know how fortunate we are to have millions of records online. However, there are millions more that aren’t online.
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HISTORICAL & FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETIES–GREAT RESOURCES FOR YOUR RESEARCH
MY TRIP TO SCOTLAND - WHAT I DID RIGHT, WHAT I DID WRONG
SEMINARS, WEBINARS, SOCIETIES - WILL THEY HELP YOUR RESEARCH?
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