History project ready for the new season

One of the many photographs uncovered by the Alyth Family History Project.
One of the many photographs uncovered by the Alyth Family History Project.

A LOCAL family history project has opened to the public for its third season.

Established in August 2009 to offer a “one stop shop for genealogists” Alyth Family History Project has collected over 6,000 photographs, recorded over 1,700 burial lair details, and is now archiving baptism details for the parish.

The town project includes Alyth Library for genealogy advice and Internet access, and Alyth Museum exhibitions (open May-Sep), but the main photographic archive is housed in Alyth Parish Church.

Project co-ordinator Irene Robertson continues to be surprised by the level of interest and support. She said: “It really is incredible how this project has snowballed in only two and a half years.

“Every week we copy photographs or receive enquiries not only from local people but from all over the world.

“Since the project began our volunteers have dealt with literally hundreds of enquiries.”

Last year the project put on a wedding photo exhibition attracting over 400 local photographs, which have since been copied to the archive.

The project is run entirely by volunteers and is open weekends in Alyth Parish Church, Saturdays 10am to 12 noon and Sundays from 2pm to 4pm with free admission.

Further information can be found at www.alythparishchurch.org.uk