We are very grateful to the National Records of Scotland for allowing our researcher access to the fabulous Scottish record resources available at the Scotlands People Centre and to the Scottish Genealogical Society for access to English sources via their facilities.
We are also grateful to Historic Scotland at Stirling Castle and to the National Records of Scotland for providing two of our speakers for the event.
The Objectives of the Scottish Genealogy Society have remained largely unchanged since it was founded in 1953 and these are to advance education and lifelong learning by promoting the study of Scottish family history and genealogy. This is achieved through the provision of research resources in the form of reference books, microfil/fiche, CDs and through internet access accounts with the Ancestry and Find My Past websites. The Society's library in Old Town Edinburgh is run by volunteers drawn from the Membership and they provide guidance to visitors, run classes on a variety of Family History related subjects as well as producing our own publications to peruse or purchase. Our website is itself a useful research tool.
The ScotlandsPeople Centre is Scotland's largest family history centre located in the heart of Edinburgh in wonderful, historic buildings. The centre provides access to a huge range of family history resources for the whole of Scotland and operates as a one stop shop for the researcher. There are four Search Rooms at the ScotlandsPeople Centre; The Adam Dome, the Reid Room, the Matheson Dome and the Dundas Room, offering over 90 places to the public. Every search place has a state of the art computer to enable researchers to search millions of records, with digitised images going back to 1513. There is a Family History Officer on hand at all times to answer any questions and who will provide assistance whenever it is required. The aim of the ScotlandsPeople centre is to make tracing family history an easy and enjoyable experience. For more details see the comprehensive website
ScotlandsPeople also provides an on line subscription service for remote access to Scotland's records
The MacGregor DNA project exists to try to answer two questions - who are the MacGregors and where do they come from? Neither of these questions will be answered absolutely nor immediately since the science behind this is still young and results are still open to discussion. However as the project has developed we have welcomed members from the various sept names.
The MacGregor bloodline traces its origin to a Gregor who lived in the 14th century though some genealogies go back further, to King Alpin. King Alpin's descendants are said to have become the founders of not only Clan Gregor but, among others, the MacKinnons, MacQuarries, MacAulays and MacAlpines. The history of the MacGregors is a turbulent one and as a result the name was banned (proscribed) from 1603 to 1775, although in practice the worst years were from 1603-1642. From 1660-1693 the ban was in fact lifted, but it was re-imposed on the accession of King William of Orange as 'punishment' for the MacGregors taking the wrong side. This later ban had most effect in commercial terms since one could not use the MacGregor name on official documents. Many MacGregor families did not retake the clan name when it finally became legal to do so, and as a result, the Clan Gregor Society now recognises more septs and aliases than perhaps any other clan. Our hope is that over time it will be possible to understand more of the clan's history from this project. Certainly there is no doubt that those who find that their DNA matches the bloodline will be able to claim a connection with the traditional genealogies, even if, for their particular family, the paper trail has dried up.
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