The Troon @ Ayrshire Family History Society founded in 1989 has built up a wide range of knowledge on the people of Dundonald and the other parishes in South Ayrshire. Please browse our website to learn more about us and the assistance we can give to people researching their Scottish Ancestry.

Latest News

Society Meetings

Our November meeting on Irish Records by Jill Williams was very informative and highly entertaining. All members who attended left with a renewed interest in tracing their Irish ancestry as well as many pointers on how we might overcome some of the brick walls that arise from the absence of records lost to fire.

In December we have our Christmas Quiz and Social evening this year presented by Rowena Kennedy. Note that this is on the 13th of December ie the second Thursday.

Change of Date: We have changed the date of our meeting in April to the first Thursday. This is our joint meeting with the other two Ayrshire Family History Societies and will now take pace on Thursday the 4th of April. As previously announced the speaker will be Ken Nisbet with his subject "Going beyond Names, dates and Places".

Full details of all our meetings for the 2018-2019 session will be found on the Meetings Page.

Mental Health Peer Support Group Troon

Ayr Action for Mental Health has a Peer Support Group meeting every second Tuesday of the month in The Cabin, 7 South Beach ,Troon, KA10 6EF between 2 and 4 pm. A problem shared is a problem halved. If you or anyone you know is experiencing poor mental health your will be very welcome to go along. Please email or phone for more information to Rhona at rhonabirerellweisen@aamh.org.uk ( 0737 5702 574)

eMagazines available on application to info@troonayrshirefhs.org.uk

The following family history journals/ newsletters are available in pdf format to members by email quoting their membership number.

Aberdeen & North East Scotland Journal No. 149 November 2018

Gallus - Journal of Glasgow and West of Scotland FHS No.112 June 2018

Family Roots - Newsletter of Lothians Family History Society, No. 58, Autumn 2018 Among other interesting articles is one about a mother of an illegitimate child taking court action action in the 1830s to obtain alimony from the child's father. Another article is about the Quarrier Home in Bridge of Weir.

Ancestral Searcher - Volume 41 No 4, December 2018. The Journal of the Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra Inc. NEW

Scots News Magazine - Queensland, Australia, Volume 8 No. 4 December 2018/January 2019. Among the contents is an article by June Wiggins on how to cope with a Scottish heatwave (in 1868). There are also articles giving an Australian view of Hogmanay and Robert Burns as well as reviews of a number of novels with family history related plots.

Cedar Log - Richmond Tweed FHS, New South Wales, Issue No.138, December 2018 NEW

Kiwi Kith and Kin - Scottish Interest Group NZSG, Issue 113, Winter 2018 There is an interesting article on Maps of Scotland covering everything from Pont's 17th century maps to the 25 inch OS maps of modern times. Another article is devoted to the Lowland Clearances, Scotland's Silent Revolution.

Thistle Times - Journal of the Scottish Interest Group of the Genealogical Society of Queensland, November 2018. This issue carries an exhaustive account about Perth and Kinross Including many web links to sources of further information. If you want to discover anything about the parishes and people of Perthshire this article will be an excellent starting place. Another interesting article is about the Waverley Rail Line, its closure and partial re-opening as the Border Railway.

New Publication - Airshire News Volume 6

The latest edition of The Airshire News, which is Volume 6 is now ready for sale at a cost of £7.50. It covers the years from November 1840 to December 1850. There is more information about the new wet dock at Troon Harbour, the building of the Glasgow to Ayr Railway and an early attempt to introduce a Scottish Registration Bill. This met with much resistance from the Church and from schoolteachers who who would be disqualified from acting as Registrars. There are lots of other items of interest concerning the local area as well as the usual hatches matches and dispatches. Perhaps some of your ancestors may have been mentioned in this edition. Our thanks go to Sandra Brownsell who has painstakingly done the transcription for this volume. There are still five volumes of Walter Clearie's notes to transcribe so the work goes on.

Purchasing details for this volume are on the publications page of the website.