The Society was founded in 1989 when a small group of like-minded people joined together to research their family history. At that time it was known as Troon and District Family History Society. Since then the Society has grown in numbers, entered the digital age and become known as Troon @ Ayrshire Family History Society.
Whilst being one of the smaller societies in Scotland we continue to be active in many aspects of family history research. Our membership is largely drawn from within the county of Ayrshire but we do have a number of members from the rest of the UK as well as other parts of the world.
The main aim of the Society is to encourage interest in family history and to assist our members with their own family history research. This is particularly important for members who live outwith the immediate Troon area. As we are a small society research is limited to our members but we will endeavour to answer queries where possible. No charge is made to members for this service other than costs for photocopying, postage or other out of pocket expenses.
We have access to many good local resources (See Library) and enjoy excellent relationships with local libraries and archive services. (See Links) We can also provide guidance on various internet sources that are now available.
Our meetings are held in Portland Church hall on the third Thursday of each month from September to June (See Meetings) At most of these meetings we have a speaker on some aspect of family history although in April and October we hold a members’ night where queries and research problems can be discussed.
New members will receive a starter pack which contains advice on how to commence their research and various forms to help record their information.
All members will receive copies of our journal as they are produced.
In order to preserve material and make it more accessible to others, small groups take on the task of transcribing archives such as the work of local historian Walter W. Clearie, four volumes of which have been published so far. (See Projects)
Monumental inscriptions in local graveyards are a valuable source of family history and already our members have recorded and published inscriptions from a large number of graveyards in the surrounding area. (See Publications) An accumulated index of the surnames of all the memorial inscriptions we have transcribed can be found on this website. (See Index)
For further details of Troon @ Ayrshire Family History Society please get in touch (See Contact Us) and we will be pleased to assist where possible.
If you would be interested in joining our Society please fill in the form on our membership page. (See Membership). You will be assured of a very warm welcome.