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The masthead of the primary version of the John O’Groat Journal, February 2, 1836. Outdated newspapers have proved useful for household historical past analysis.

An individual making an attempt to hint their roots had a shock introduction to a cousin throughout a web-based query and reply session organised by the Caithness Household Historical past Society (CFHS).

The occasion was a fantastic success with 35 individuals logging on, together with individuals from Australia, America and Canada who’ve discovered the web conferences very helpful. One man in Australia bought up at seven o’clock within the morning to go online.

Round 12 pre-submitted questions had been answered by committee members, with assist from workers from Nucleus – the Nuclear and Caithness Archive.

Unsurprisingly, the John O’ Groat Journal, Caithness Courier and the now defunct Northern Ensign newspapers had been talked about many instances as great assets for household historians. These will be learn of their unique newspaper kind at Nucleus, on microfiche on the native libraries and on two on-line web sites.

One member knew that her ancestors, George Brotchie and his spouse Christian Shearer, lived in Dunnet Parish within the nineteenth century, however wished to know precisely the place.

A CFHS committee member was capable of inform her that that they had lived at Kirkstyle, Dunnet, and that their cottage was located on a slope adjoining to the west wall of Dunnet kirkyard.

To her delight, she was given a hyperlink to an archaeology report written after an excavation of the constructing, Brotchie’s Steading, had been carried out in 2001 and 2003.

Census data generally give place names that are unfamiliar to us – place names could have modified over time and may trigger confusion however a comparability of maps can make clear issues. Attendees had been proven discover Caithness locations on the map part of the Nationwide Library of Scotland web site.

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CFHS member Neil Buchan, sporting his Castletown Heritage Society hat, answered an enquiry concerning the ship Flower of Olrig. He supplied

to go on all of the related info held within the museum to the enquirer.

Alan MacIvor, of Thurso Heritage, gave some helpful details about graves in Outdated St Peter’s churchyard. Lots of these current had discovered

headstone inscriptions very helpful of their household analysis.

Maybe the spotlight of the night was the response to a query from Sharon, whose granny had instructed her {that a} relative and her husband had moved north from Edinburgh round 1900.

It was mentioned that the household could have gone on to have a store in Wick. A CFHS committee member who recognised the identify, had organized

for a Wick cousin to be current. She was amazed to be launched to him and have him verify the story. Emails will, little doubt, be

travelling again and fore with exchanges of data for a while.

The CFHS periods are open to anybody.


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