August is Family History month at my local library. After giving a presentation to my local genealogy group, a couple of the ladies there volunteered me to repeat the presentation during the Family History month event at the library. Today was the day that I gave the presentation.
I extended it a little from the first run, making it into three distinct sections.
- My Unst Family History project
A short introduction to where Unst is, and the reasons why I’m trying to make a complete Unst family tree – some of the same things I wrote about in A family tree and more
- Knitting is Women’s Work?
The story of James Moar the knitter that I’ve written about on here a number of times before. This acted as a worked example showing how the various different types of records could be used.
- Using Scottish Records
I added a final section to recap the Census records, the statutory records versus the Old Parish Records and how to get hold of them.
It was a pleasantly informal event, with the projector and screen set up in the middle of the library in an area that is usually a small conversation area with some comfortable chairs (see photo below). There were a few questions at the end, and everyone seemed genuinely interested. One lady brought me a present of a Shetland dialect story book, “Da Peesterleeties an da Curse o da Njuggle” by Valerie Watt which was a lovely gesture.