Welcome to Scottish Genealogy Tips And Tidbits

A wee bit of info to help you in your journey to discover your Scottish Ancestors and maybe even crack a brick wall or two!



Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Scottish Symposium

Just two days until the inaugural Scottish SIG Symposium, held in Vaughan. 
We have a full day planned for those researching their Scottish roots. 
Speakers and topics include:

Basic Scottish Research - James F.S. Thomson
A Scottish Pedigree - Linda Reid
Scottish Emigration - Dr Kevin James
Scots-Irish Research - Ruth Blair
They Came From Scotland - Christine Woodcock

Also on hand are the following vendors:

Global Genealogy 
Moorshead Magazines
Highland Life 
Flip Pal
British Home Children Research and Advocacy

We look forward to seeing you in Vaughan on Friday!

Friday, 1 August 2014

The Long Long Trail - 1914-1918

Here's a handy, free, website for searching for your WWI ancestors:

The Long Long Trail - 1914-1918: http://www.1914-1918.net/

Scottish Slaves in America

Came across this interesting website. Loaded with names.

Scottish Slaves in America: 

War Bride Reunion

There is a War Bride Reunion being held in London, ON Aug 8-10 at the Delta Armouries. For more info and registration contact Grace at nanumshewan@yahoo.com

Thursday, 31 July 2014

38th Ottawa Battalion's Journey from Bermuda to the Somme

Pinhey's Point Foundation is hosting a lecture on Aug. 22 about the 38th Ottawa Battalion's journey from Bermuda to the Somme during the Great War (and currently have an exhibit on this subject on view at Pinhey's Point Historic Site).  

Many Ottawans are descended from members of this locally-raised regiment (now the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa).  
For more information: bruce.elliott@carleton.ca

 

 

Fall Colloquium - Pinhey's Point Foundation

SAVE THE DATE!

Colloquium, exhibit and tours

Friday, September 26 and Saturday, September 27, 2014 

Stiff Bros., stereoview of Earnscliffe, c1872. LAC PA-012694.

“Twelve years ago, the number of stone houses did not exceed 25, all except two or three of the coarsest rubble work: now they may be counted by hundreds.  Hitherto the prevailing material has been cut limestone….  Black Trenton, with Nepean sandstone dressings, for gentlemen’s houses, chiefly in the Tudor style, is much in vogue, and the effect is very pleasing.”   ~Dr S.C. Sewell, 1864 

A dozen stone villas combined a revolutionary floor plan with fashionable Tudor style.  Their distinctive and unusual ‘pinwheel’ plan originated in England with the father of the Gothic Revival, A.W.N. Pugin.  The English architects who came to Ottawa in the 1850s to compete for the Parliamentary contract brought this form with them.  The houses they designed for the leaders of local society, including the Pinhey, Hill, and Christie families, did much to vitalize the residential architecture of the dawning capital. 

Lectures by Dr Timothy Brittain-Catlin, University of Kent School of Architecture
                 David Jeanes, Vice-President, Heritage Ottawa
                 Ian Badgley, Archaeologist, National Capital Commission 

                         For information:  mailto:Bruce.Elliott@carleton.ca

 

 

Monday, 28 July 2014

Ancestor Trading Cards - Engaging the Next Generation

A great activity to engage kids in family history is the use of trading cards. This is also a great activity for youngsters at family reunions. They can, on their level, share ancestor information with cousins while the adults share research details, databases, scandals and whatever else they choose to share at family reunions.


The advantage of the Ancestor Trading Cards is that they are short and sweet. They offer key information, include a picture and a bit of biographical information, and are easily manipulated by school aged kids. The cards can be sorted according to surname or matched up with parents, spouses or children. For your brickwalls, you can leave a clue to see if the kids can brainstorm what they think might have happened or where an answer to the question might be found.  

These Ancestor Trading Cards are easy to make and take. An interactive online trading card generator can be found at:

http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/student-interactives/trading-card-creator-30056.html

You can add in that this person is an ancestor, and the generator will walk you through some questions that will allow details of their life to be filled in on the card.

Or you can create your own cards with any card creator software program. There are a number of free downloads available for this purpose.

Happy creating!