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.

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Family History Week

Family Tree Magazine is organising a free online genealogy event over one week in April. There will be family history tutorials, useful downloads, essential guides, prizes, quizzes and much more for family historians to enjoy.

The event will be based at each day from 16th to the 22nd April and anyone interested can get involved during the week across social media platforms.

Keep up with the latest news on Family History Week via:


Twitter @familytreemaguk

Instagram @familytreemagazine

Thanks to Chris Paton’s The GENES Blog for this information.

Society Meetings

On Thursday the 19th of April we are having a Spring excursion instead of an evening meeting. In this year that signals 100 years since the end of World War One we visit a museum that records one of the contributions that women made in that conflict. Our destination will be the Devil's Porridge Museum located between Annan and Gretna in Dumfries and Galloway. In this area many women were employed in the dangerous work of manufacturing explosive materials and their lives are commemorated in this museum.

The cost of the excursion will be £15 to include coach fare, entrance fee and a soup and sandwich lunch. The coach will leave from the road outside the Ivy Cottage at 10 am arriving at the museum at about 12. After an introduction to the museum lunch will be served in the cafe. We expect to leave the museum at about 4 pm arriving back in Troon at 6 pm. Full details of the museum can be obtained from their website

Our next evening meeting will be on Thursday the 17th of May when Hugh Watson will tell us of the families of the Duke(s) of Portland.

Full details of our meetings will be found on the Meetings Page.

Comparison of Family History Websites

If you want to know what are the differences between, and the particular strengths of, the two websites and you will find an article in the March Edition of the magazine 'Who Do You Think You Are?' interesting. There is a page by page comparison highlighting particular records available on each and including the subscription costs. It has been written up by Chris Paton.

Another article in this edition gives details of various websites that help in the research of ancestors who originated or migrated to the Indian subcontinent.

According to the back page the April Edition will feature the 1939 Population Register and an article on Scottish Church Records.

Scotlands People Update

With the turn of the year scotlandspeople have released a further 213,932 records to the website. These are 106,489 births in 1917, 47,514 marriages in 1942 and 59,729 deaths in 1967.

eMagazines available on application to

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

Aberdeen & North East Scotland Journal No. 146 February 2018

Family Roots - Newsletter of Lothians Family History Society, Spring 2018

Ancestral Searcher - Journal of the Heraldry and Genealogical Society of Canberra, March 2018 NEW

Scots News Magazine - Queensland, Australia, January/February 2018

Cedar Log - Richmond Tweed FHS, New South Wales, March 2018

Kiwi Kith and Kin - Scottish Interest Group NZSG, Issue 111, Summer 2018

Thistle Times - Journal of the Scottish Interest Group of the Genealogical Society of Queensland, March 2018 NEW