In order to preserve material and make it more accessible to others, small groups of our members regularly take on the task of transcribing local archives. Gravestone inscriptions from a number of Ayrshire cemeteries have also been completed, particularly those covering the parish of Dundonald. Much of this work is published. Please see our Publications page for a complete list.
At present, a number of our members are transcribing some local newspaper birth, marriage and death archives for the Carnegie Library in Ayr. We are now working on the year 1851. Although the newspaper is the Ayr Advertiser the births, marriages and deaths recorded took place all over the world and at many levels of society.
In another project we have returned after a number of years to the transcription of the Dreghorn Poor Relief records held in the Ayrshire Archives ar Auchincruive.
Any member who would like to be involved with either of the above current projects is invited to get in touch through firstname.lastname@example.org
We have just completed work on the fifth volume of the AIRSHIRE NEWS which covers the period January 1831 to November 1840 (See our publications page). This is transcribed from the notes of local Troon historian, the late Walter W. Clearie who searched the local newspapers of the time and extracted items of interest, mainly concerning Troon and its surrounding area but also sometimes of national importance. Walter's notes from later years are now being transcribed and further volumes of AIRSHIRE NEWS will be published in due course.