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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Society Meetings

The March meeting will be held on the third Thursday of the month as usual ie. on the 15th, not the 22nd as previously shown on the Meetings Page and on the syllabus. The speaker will be Graham Holton from Strathclyde University and his subject is DNA in Genealogy.

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. Names of members wishing to go should be with us at or by the date of our February meeting. Further details regarding times etc. will be given then. In the meantime full details of the museum can be obtained from their website www.devilsporridge.org.uk

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 ancestry.co.uk and findmypast.co.uk 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.

PDF copies of English Birth & Death Certificates

The General Register Office is to continue its pilot scheme to deliver PDF copies of Birth and Death Certificates until 12 July 2018 at a cost of £6 each. The available dates are 1837 to 1916 for the Births and 1837 to 1957 for Deaths.

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 troonayrshirefhs.org.uk

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

Aberdeen & North East Scotland Journal No. 146 February 2018 NEW

Family Roots - Newsletter of Lothians Family History Society, Autumn 2017

Ancestral Searcher - Journal of the Heraldry and Genealogical Society of Canberra, September 2017

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

Cedar Log - Richmond Tweed FHS, New South Wales, December 2017

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