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.
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.
Event in Carnegie Library - Ayr's Newfoundland Heritage - Tuesday 11th December
Come along to find out more about the Newfoundland Regiment’s experiences in WW1, and their time spent in Ayr, as the teams from South Ayrshire Libraries & Museum service and the Remembering Auld Ayr Facebook Group come together to share to host their first-ever joint event!
Together we will share the Newfoundlander’s stories through film, images, documents and artefacts. If you and your family have personal memories of the Newfoundlander’s time in Ayr, please come along, we’d love to hear them.
- Find out about Newfoundland and its contribution to the Great War
- See original archival films created in 1916 which feature the Newfoundlanders in Ayr
- Find out about the artefacts in the museum collections that recognise Ayr’s long-lasting ties to Newfoundland
- Personal stories – meet Iaian Cooper Sands, Great Grandson, of James Cooper of Newfoundland and one of the First 500 – and share your own family memories.
Time: 6.30pm, films start at 7.15pm
Date: Tuesday 11th December 2018
Location:Local & Family History Department, Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB (upstairs on the first floor, lift available).
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eMagazines available on application to email@example.com
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 NEW
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 3, September 2018. This issue is devoted to the life stories of convicts transported to Australia with details of the often trivial offences to our eyes that resulted in seven years transportation.
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. NEW
Cedar Log - Richmond Tweed FHS, New South Wales, September 2018
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
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.