Posted by: solosnowbird | October 2, 2013

Family history -Genealogical tourism

It’s all about the records!!

Mr Grant Law, Dundee License Registar provided a lengthy review of the research tools and records available for those abroad who come to trace their roots. He noted a lot of inquiries are made via their website and email. The City retains a family database for searching the BDM and census records in Scotland’s People (National Records). The software they use is called brothers keeper and many of their records date back to the 1500’s The database links to the scanned image of censure records and such.

He reviewed his other responsibilities for administering interments, lairs, memorials. The current homegrown system software used provides only five fields to search on, no dates, and provides the location in the cemetery and the type of burial. In further review of the information in the next screen you can go to the location of the grave and see the person or persons (yes, there can be more than one) buried in this location. Some records contain information about the person occupation and the inspection dates of the graves. Essentially this software keeps track of the property and what happens to it. Further information regarding the burials is contained in a simple excel spreadsheet.

Martin Allen provided a review of the Dundee City Archives which are contained on the lower ground floor of the Caird Hall which is really not the ground floor since the street slopes toward the river/water. It is two stories up. The archives was Established in 1969 to fulfill obligations under a more current Scottish act from 1996 in which some if their records were inherited. Their council started the system at the time the authority was under local control. In Dundee, each department has their own records manager and their department helps over see the process. Yes, they do have a retention schedule. The national records of Scotland are on loan to the city are maintained in a separate catalogue/category to help with research pre1996. The local authority records date back to 14 th century to 1975.

Local authority records include:
-Valuation rolls, school logs and admission registers
-Records of poor relief
-Burial records for closed cemeteries e.g.Howff
-Council minutes
-vehicle registers

The valuation rolls are quite valuable with research to show who owned the property and tracing people between the census years.

Records held on loan from the national records of scotland (NRS) include:

Dundee presbytery church
Customs and exise
Justice of peace
Montrose and Arbroath fishery 19 th century herring fishing was huge at this time and tied to tax records and exports which provides information regarding boat owners
Dundee registers of sasines
Caledon shipyard
Family estate papers-Wedderburn of Pearsie, Northesk..

Mr. Iain Flett, City Archivist Explained the Presbytery minutes would contain information for illegitimate children as many births were not recorded in the census records.

Mr. Allen notes that they do have a group of volunteers to help with the digitizing of this information and have provided the indexing for the FDCA website.

It was noted that the local library shares information and contain collections related to the city prior to the local authority creation of their archives.

He reviewed the special collections held by the library which included 1700 Scottish music which was outlawed along with the tartans.





  1. Very interesting!!!

    *Chris Vanderpool* *Executive Assistant to the City Manager* *City of Greenwood Village* *303-486-5745*

    On Wed, Oct 2, 2013 at 10:51 AM, solosnowbird

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