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, 26 August 2014

Symposium Success!

The first ever Scottish Symposium hosted by the Scottish Special Interest Group of the Ontario Genealogical Society was held in Vaughan on Friday August 22, and by all accounts it was a rousing success!

The day started off with Piper Rory Sinclair leading the procession of speakers into the hall. Once the speakers were in and seated, Rory played a medley of Old Scottish Tunes and then asked the audience to name the songs he had played. It was a brilliant start to the day.

The opening welcome address was given by Anne Moir, president of the Toronto St Andrew's Society who gave an overview of the Society and its roll in assisting Scottish immigrants in settling in the Toronto area.
Our first lecture was on Basic Scottish Research and was given by James FS Thomson. James is always very thorough and provided a number of very helpful, very useful places to research in our attempts to find out more about our Scottish ancestors.
Our next speaker was Linda Reid who talked about a Scottish Pedigree and how she has used DNA to assist her in her genealogical research. Linda also provided a terrific amount of information for us to use in our quest to find our Scots ancestors.
photo courtesy L-D Crawley
Before we knew it, it was lunch time.
photo courtesy L-D Crawley
This gave the participants time to browse the marketplace.

photo courtesy L-D Crawley

photo courtesy Sandra Joyce
 And then it was time to return to the big hall for the afternoon lectures. First up was Dr Kevin James who spoke about why our ancestors left Scotland and things to consider when trying to understand what compelled our ancestors to leave their homeland and make a new life for themselves in Canada.

photo courtesy L-D Crawley

 Next up was Ruth Blair who gave us some very useful information of searching for our Ulster Scots ancestors.
photo courtesy L-D Crawley

Another short break and it was time for the last lecture of the day. Christine Woodcock gave us an overview of various online and offline databases to consider in searching for our Scots Emigrant Ancestor.

Our next SIG event will be a bus trip to the University of Guelph Library and Archives to see their very large collection of Scottish documents and books. This will likely take place in the spring. We are already looking forward to the trip.
One great thing about any gathering of the descendants of the Scots Diaspora is that when they get together there is ALWAYS great craic!

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


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