Family history day to get annual heritage week under way

Soldiers training on Edzell Muir during the First World War.
Soldiers training on Edzell Muir during the First World War.

The Tayroots Family History Day will open this year’s Angus Heritage Week, which begins this Friday (September 5).

Part of a programme of events taking place across the county, the family history day at Dundee & Angus College in Arbroath will provide a wealth of opportunities to find out more about tracing a family tree, unearthing information about ancestors or discovering more about Angus’s fascinating local history.

It will feature a variety of genealogy workshops aimed at all levels of family historian, with experts on hand to offer advice and share their knowledge.

There will also be a programme of talks, starting with Bruce Bishop, chairman of the Scottish Association of Family History Societies, who will be followed by historian Dr Dan Paton, curator of Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre.

One of the highlights of heritage week will be the launch of Angus’s participation in Scotland’s War Project, a national scheme which aims to uncover and tell the stories war and how it affected Scottish families and communities.

Craig Pearson, archivist at Angus Archives, will talk at the history day about the archives’ First World War resources.

He said: “This is a way for the people of Angus to become involved in the World War I centenary by sharing documents and photographs from that period and telling the stories they contain.”

Entry to the Tayroots Family History Day is free but booking is advisable for the talks and workshops. Information is available at www.angusheritage.com/tayroots or by calling 01307 473226.

This year’s Angus Heritage Week features several key events focusing on the war. From Monday, September 8 until Friday, September 12, the team at Angus Archives, on the outskirts of Forfar, is asking people to bring along wartime photos and documents, which can be scanned and added to the Your Local Hero Blank Canvas Collage.

The week’s full programme can be found online at www.angusheritage.com/heritageweek