About the Conference
The 29th Conference of the Scottish Association of Family History Societies was hosted by the Fife Family History Society on the theme of "Was Your Ancestor a Convict?" at The Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, Fife, on Saturday 21st April 2018. The Family History Fair is open to the public from 10:00am.
The Making of The Fife Kalendar of Convicts
Over 20 years in the making (first begun in 1994), The Fife Kalendar of Convicts (1790-1880) CD, is an indexing to many of the Courts in Fife, as well as the High Court Records (AD14 precognitions and JC26 Trial Records, which have been indexed up to 1900)… Read more about Andrew Campbell’s talk
Finding your Ancestors' Footprints
When tracing our family tree we often long to ‘walk in the footsteps’ of our ancestors. This means not only finding names, places and dates; but visiting their home and understanding their lives. Sometimes it is possible to literally see the footsteps of your ancestors… Read more about Emma Maxwell’s talk
Banishment and Transportation
The Strange Tale of Charles Durie's Trousers
- involving Dunfermline, Norway, Jail in Jersey, Queen Victoria, New Zealand and Texas
Charles Durie (1778-1868), originally from Dunfermline, was in the Londonderry Militia, then British Consul in Norway but sacked by Lord Palmerston.His large family stayed in Norway or migrated to Texas… Read more about Bruce Durie’s talk
Exploring HES Online Archives
Explore the online archives of Historic Environment Scotland as Andrew James, Learning Manager with HES, shows you how you can research your family and local history from home.
Andrew will explore the maps, documents, census and tax data, pictures, videos and sounds that HES holds for the nation, including Scran, Canmore, Scotland’s Places, Britain from Above and the National Collection of Aerial Photography and show you how you how to access, search and download information for your research projects.
Ask the Expert
Drop in at any time during the day to the ‘Ask the Expert’ stand run by professional genealogists from all over Scotland. They have varied expertise to help point put ways to find that elusive ancestor and hopefully break through your “brick wall.”
Ask the Expert is run by the Scottish Genealogy Network, a group of professional genealogists in Scotland who meet on a monthly basis at various locations across the country.
Fair Opens to Stallholders & Delegates for Coffee and Registration
Fair Opens to General Public
Official Opening of Conference by Mr Robert W Balfour, Lord-Lieutenant of Fife
10:30 – 11:00 TALK: Andrew Campbell “The Making of The Fife Kalendar of Convicts” and the launch of Convict CD/digital download
11:30 – 12:15 TALK: Emma Maxwell “Finding your Ancestors Footprints”
10:30 – 13:30 WORKSHOP: “Ask the Expert” drop-in
11:15 – 12:00 WORKSHOP: “Exploring HES Online Archives”
13:30 – 14:15 TALK: Ken Nisbet – “Banishment & Transportation”
15:00 – 15:45 TALK: Bruce Durie – “The Strange Tale of Charles Durie’s Trousers – involving Dunfermline, Norway, Jail in Jersey, Queen Victoria, New Zealand and Texas”
13:30 – 16:00 WORKSHOP: “Ask the Expert” drop-in
14:15 – 15:00 WORKSHOP: “Exploring HES Online Archives”