At the Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, Fife on Saturday 21 April 2018

SAFHS2018 Family History Fair exhibitors included general history and family history societies, projects and groups along with museums, archives, publishers, genealogists, writers and community resources.

Exhibitor List

Family History Societies

Aberdeen & North East Family History Society

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.

Anglo-Scottish FHS

The Anglo-Scottish FHS was formed in 1982 by members of the M&L FHS to assist in tracing their links back to Scottish origins. We have members in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.  We were one of the founder members of SAFHS. We will be allowing access to our Marriage Index and supplying guides, CD’s and booklets to aid researchers in their quest.

ASGRA

Members of the Association of Scottish Genealogists & Researchers in Archives undertake research for family and local historians, authors, business organisations and legal firms. By contacting any one of our members, you will be assured of a helpful response and a high standard of work.

 

Borders Family History Society

We’re here to help people with their family history primarily in the Border counties of Scotland (Berwickshire, PeeblesshireRoxburghshire and Selkirkshire) as well as in adjacent counties of England and Scotland. 

Caithness FHS

Caithness Family History Society was formed in September 1999 by a small group of enthusiasts and has already grown to some 300 members worldwide. Our aim is to promote an interest in genealogy and, wherever we can, to help others trace their roots – especially families originating from Caithness.

 

Central Scotland FHS

The Central Scotland FHS was formed in 1990 to serve the needs of those interested in family history who lived in what was then Central Region. This means that as well as the old counties of Clackmannanshire, Stirlingshire and West Perthshire, the Society covers the parishes of Bo’ness and Carriden which were in West Lothian.

Dunfermline & West Fife Family History Group

We are a project of Dunfermline Heritage Community Projects(DHCP). Our meetings are held in St Margaret’s Church in Dunfermline. New members are always welcome.

East Ayrshire Family History Society 

East Ayrshire Family History Society was formed in 1997 and takes its name from the new local authority created around the same time. The area covered by East Ayrshire comprises the former districts of Kilmarnock & Loudoun and Cumnock & Doon Valley, however resources held by EAFHS cover all of Ayrshire.

Federation of Family History Societies

The Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) is an educational charity with over 160 member societies throughout the world. Most of them focus on a particular geographical area or on a specific surname but there are also a variety of other specialist organisations.

 

Lanarkshire FHS

Lanarkshire Family History Society (LFHS) was formed in 1991 as “Hamilton & District Family History Society” and the group met monthly in Hamilton Reference Library. As the years passed and membership continued to increase we moved to Motherwell Heritage Centre.

 

Fife Family History Society

Fife Family History Society, which was formed in 1989, aims to join together people with an interest in the research of their Fife ancestors.

Our Archives are based in the Family Research Room in Cupar Library and open Tues, Frid and Sat 10 – 4

Glamorgan FHS

The Glamorgan Family History Society acts as a focal point for anyone who may be interested in Family History and Genealogy, not just those whose roots are in Glamorgan. Many members live within the historic county, but equally, many live far beyond its boundaries.

The society was founded in 1977 with the aim of promoting the study of family history, particularly for those whose family history has links with Glasgow and the west of Scotland. 

Guild of One Name Studies

Established in 1979 and registered as a charity in 1989, the Guild provides its members with the means to share, exchange and publish information about one-name studies as well as encouraging and assisting all those interested in one-name studies by means of conference, seminars, projects and other activities.

Lancashire FH & Heraldry Society

 Formed in 1973 as the Rossendale Society for Genealogy and Heraldry (Lancashire), the Society now has twelve branches in Lancashire, together with one in London where members meet regularly. The society also has a worldwide community of family historians with roots in Lancashire. 

Lanark FHS

Lanarkshire Family History Society (LFHS) was formed in 1991 as “Hamilton & District Family History Society” and the group met monthly in Hamilton Reference Library. As the years passed and membership continued to increase we moved to Motherwell Heritage Centre.

 

Scottish Genealogy Network

Our purpose is to try to create a wider genealogical network within Scotland, where colleagues can meet face to face, share expertise with each other and with others from related disciplines that impact on our work, such as family history societies, universities, archives and more. 

‘Ask the Expert’

A team of genealogists from the Scottish Genealogy Network will be on hand to help you with your ‘brickwalls’. Free expert advice given throughout the day.

 

 

 

 

 

The Scottish Genealogy Society

The Society, based in Edinburgh and founded in 1953, helps with research into Scottish family and local history. Over the years the Society has built up a diverse, fascinating and unique collection of books and manuscripts including local histories, military, trades and profession lists, directories, Scots outwith Scotland, peerage and heraldry, school and university rolls and individual family histories

Our purpose is to try to create a wider genealogical network within Scotland, where colleagues can meet face to face, share expertise with each other and with others from related disciplines that impact on our work, such as family history societies, universities, archives and more. 

 

West Lothian Family History Society

The Society was formed in November 2000 to assist those researching family history and genealogy throughout the county of West Lothian. Our Library and Research Room is also located in the Lanthorn and is open Mondays 10.00-3.00 pm and Thursdays 11.00-4.00pm where our members can use the resources available.

 

 

Archives and Libraries

Historic Environment Scotland

Come and discover fantastic images, sound and video relating to Fife, Scotland and beyond. Explore services such as Scran, Canmore, ScotlandsPlaces, Britain from Above and the National Collection of Aerial Photography and get the most out of them for your research and enjoyment.

National Library of Scotland

The National Library of Scotland is a reference library with world-class collections. It is also Scotland’s largest library and one of the major research libraries in Europe.Our collections range from rare historical documents to online journals, covering every subject. We specialise in Scotland’s knowledge, history and culture.

ON Fife

Sponsors of SAFHS2018, Fife Cultural Trust’s Mission is enriching lives in Fife.
We provide creative, entertaining and learning experiences that enhance the quality of life, through our partnerships and our services across the region.

Scottish Council on Archives

We provide leadership for the archives and records management sector in Scotland. We build national and international partnerships, deliver strategic advice and research, and develop projects spanning stakeholder engagement, education, and quality improvement. 

Museums

Crail Museum and Heritage Centre

The Museum provides an insight into the past life of this ancient Royal Burgh, its kirk, seafaring tradition, 229 year-old golf club and airfield history (HMS Jackdaw, Fleet Air Arm Station, HMS Bruce Boys Training School and Joint Services School for Linguists).

Fife Folk Museum Trust

Fife Folk Museum is located in High Street, Ceres. Its premises consist of the former tolbooth of the burgh of barony, some early-19th- century weavers’ cottages, and, across the road, a modern annexe (opened 1984). The Museum is situated within a conservation area. All its buildings on the south side of the High Street are A-listed, including all garden and other walls.

National Mining Museum Scotland

National Mining Museum Scotland, a 5 Star visitor attraction and twice winner of the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions “Best Visitor Experience” Award. The museum provides a great day out for all ages! 

The Black Watch Castle and Museum

Balhousie Castle sits on the edge of the North Inch in Perth. The origins of the Castle are to date back to the 12th century. Our Five Star museum tells the story of the iconic Black Watch Regiment since 1725. Our research team will assist you with tracing a solider who served with the Black Watch.

Scottish Fisheries Museum

An award-winning museum in Anstruther, Fife, that records the history of the Scottish fishing industry and its people from earliest times to the present day.

Other Organisations

Cupar Heritage

Cupar Heritage Centre is located in the former staff house at the east end of the Cupar Railway Station, itself a classic 19th century railway building. The Centre welcomes visitors and has amassed a wide variety of Cupar related photographs, documents and artefacts which are on display in the Centre.

DNA – Ask the Expert

Michelle Leonard of Genes & Genealogy is a Scottish professional genealogist and DNA Detective. She specializes in using DNA testing for genealogy and solving unknown ancestor and adoption mysteries. If you’re unsure what test to take, need help understanding your results or have any other DNA query take advantage of this chance to “Ask An Expert”. There will also be a prize draw to win a DNA kit!

 Go Glenrothes  – 70th Anniversary

In 1948 – Rowntree’s introduce Polo mint sweets: the Land Rover is unveiled at the Amsterdam Motor Show: the world’s first stored-program computer, runs its first program:The National Health Service is established, giving the right to healthcare:The Olympic Games are held in London

…and Glenrothes was born. On 30th June 2018 Glenrothes will be 70 years old, and throughout 2018 we’re celebrating locally and sharing with the world that Glenrothes is a fantastic place to live, work, visit and play

 

Italians in Fife

Norma Alari will exhibit photos of Italians, their ice cream carts and other items of interest from the 1920’s onwards.

 “During the school holidays as a youngster I can remember… during the day… helping prepare potatoes to be chipped… We used to have to wear rubber aprons and wellington boots, and the wellington boots came up to my thighs! But I thoroughly enjoyed it.” Norma Alari on helping in her father’s chip shop

 

Kirkcaldy Civic Society

Kirkcaldy Civic Society was founded in 1974.

The aims of Kirkcaldy Civic Society are…

  • To stimulate public interest in and care for, the beauty, history and character of the area of the town and its surroundings
  • To encourage the preservation, development and improvement of features of general public amenity or historic interest
  • To encourage high standards of architecture and town planning
  • To record all aspects of the past  

 

Kirkcaldy Old Kirk Trust

The Kirkcaldy Old Kirk Trust has been set up by a group of local people concerned to preserve the heritage of Kirkcaldy contained in the Old Kirk, after its closure as a place of worship by the Church of Scotland on 7th November 2010.

The “B” listed church was put up for sale in August 2011 and Kirkcaldy Old Kirk Trust was successful in acquiring it to maintain it for community use as a concert hall, community resource, heritage centre and for continuing worship. This was due to the generous financial support from John Sim, whose father was Minister of the Old Kirk.

Markinch Heritage Society

Markinch Heritage Group is based in Markinch, Fife, Scotland and was founded in 2003. It aims to raise awareness of the ancient town’s history and heritage.

Heritage has many aspects ranging from buildings to the natural environment, from folk memories to historical archives. Although we are interested in the past, our focus is very much upon making Markinch a better place for future generations.

Newburgh Ancestry & History Society (Friends of the Laing)

The Friends of the Laing Museum is an organisation bringing together a variety of people who have different skills and interests and share a common aim to voluntarily, preserve and maintain the Laing Museum, Reference library and Collection and to enhance the existing facilities for the townsfolk and visitors to continue to enjoy.
With our interests firmly centred around family and social history, We aim to develop a range of educational ,community and tourist opportunities and outcomes encouraging inter- generational involvement from the community and our current members here and internationally across the globe.

 

Outlander Filming Fife

Craigh na Dun or Castle Leoch may have been a figment of Outlander author Diana Gabaldon’s imagination but this fascinating world of standing stones, romantic castles and sweeping scenery was inspired by real places and heritage. Not only that, the TV adaptation was filmed entirely on location in Scotland. Many of the scenes were filmed in and around Fife including Falkland, Culross, Aberdour Castle and moving to Linlithgow Blackness Castle and Linlithgow Palace.

We aim to provide you with the best most up to date information on Outlander experiences in the area.

R A Longley Publications 

We are a family business and have been producing information for the family historian since 1997. We now also provide archive quality items for storing your family records,We will be travelling to Glenrothes, in Fife for the Scottish Association Annual Conference & Family History Fair on the 21st April. If you are attending the fair and wish to purchase a particular item from us. Please send us an e-mail with the details and we will do our best to bring the item with us.

 

Scottish Indexes

On 1 August 2014, Graham and Emma Maxwell launched a new website, Scottish Indexes, a website which focusses on delivering high-quality Scottish genealogy records and indexes. The aim of this website is to help you trace your Scottish family tree and find out more about the lives of your ancestors by helping you access historic documents that are here in Scotland.

 

Scottish Military Research Group

​The Scottish Military Research Group formed as a charitable association in September 2011. We wanted to inform and educate the public about Scottish military history and help people research their military ancestors. Our work dates back further – to 2006 – when we first started the Scottish War Memorial Discussion Forum. Out of that grew the current Scottish Military Research Group Commemorations Project which has recorded thousands of Scottish war memorials and war graves across the world.

 

Scottish Monumental Inscriptions

 SMI photographs and transcribes burial grounds around Scotland.

Some of the stones are old and weathered and dont have much information left, some of them only have Initials, like the one in the photo.

All of our photo’s are sent to volunteers who record as much of the information from each gravestone as possible and save it to a PDF for easy download, these PDFs contain the information only and no photo’s.

The Family History Partnership

 The Family History Partnership is a company formed in 2007 to publish titles from some of the leading authors in the field. The aim of the Partnership is to ensure that family and local historians are provided with the handbooks and guides that they need. We wish to provide authors with a new route to get their books into print and welcome proposals from new and existing authors.

 The Fife Police Retired Officers Association

Will bring the Birch register to highlight juvenile crime and punishment and a collection of different types of batons, cuffs and leg irons!!

The Scottish Prison Service

The Archives of The Scottish Prison Service are in various holdings. For details of where you might find records the SPS stand will point you in the right direction.

 

The Wemyss School of Needlework

Founded in 1877, The Wemyss School of Needlework holds many attendance registers and accounts as well as a collection of historic textiles and designs on paper. The School supplies needlework materials and designs and is teaching again. Teaching projects are inspired by the collection and are developed into kits.

University of Dundee – CAIS

Take part in online learning from beginner to postgraduate level with Strathclyde’s world leading programme in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies. Our courses, offered full or part time or via modules, are developed by and for professional genealogists. Beginner to intermediate 8-week online and on-campus courses are also offered.

University of Strathclyde Genealogical Studies Programme

Take part in online learning from beginner to postgraduate level with Strathclyde’s world leading programme in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies. Our courses, offered full or part time or via modules, are developed by and for professional genealogists. Beginner to intermediate 8-week online and on-campus courses are also offered.

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