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The ScotlandsPeople April 2013 Newsletter



April 2013

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Dear ScotlandsPeople Customer,

Statutory indexes for 2012 now available
All the statutory birth, marriage, and death indexes for 2012 have been made searchable on the ScotlandsPeople website. By law, all births in Scotland have to be registered, and local authority registrars send the original register pages to the National Records of Scotland (NRS) for permanent preservation in paper form. NRS then arranges for the pages to be digitally imaged for public access via ScotlandsPeople. In addition to searching names in ScotlandsPeople, you can learn more about the changing popularity of names using other resources of the National Records of Scotland.

Exploring changes in naming conventions in Scotland - babies' names in 2012
graphic for babies namesYou can gain a fascinating insight into the most popular and unusual names for babies registered during the period from January to November 2012 by looking at "Babies first names 2012" on the National Records of Scotland website.

For the eighth year running, Sophie is the most popular girls' name, and Jack the favourite name for boys. Emily, Olivia, Ava, Lucy and Sophie make up the top five girls' names, while Lewis, Riley, James, Logan and Jack make up the top five names for boys.

During those 11 months, NRS registered births for around 26,400 girls and 27,700 boys. The top 50 girls' names account for 41% of the registrations, and the top 50 boys' names account for 44% of the registrations. There were 4,222 different first forenames for girls and 3,157 for boys - which shows just how many forenames exist in Scotland. Of the grand total of 7,400 different first names for girls and boys, almost 4,800 were unique.

You can read the full and final lists of all babies' first forenames for the whole of 2012 - refer to tables 4 and 5. Going further back it is fascinating to see the most popular forenames changing since John and Mary ruled the lists in 1900. You can also learn about surnames in Scotland during the 140 years up to 2003.

Scottish shops in the 18th Century - shop tax rolls, 1785-1789
Q. What links the Royal Bank of Scotland, a stockinged leg and the notorious criminal, Deacon Brodie?
A. 18th Century shops.

graphic for shop tax rollsShop tax rolls are among the historical tax records held by the National Records of Scotland which have been digitally imaged and are being made available via the ScotlandsPlaces website. The Shop Tax rolls, 1785-1789, name shopkeepers throughout Scotland, often also noting the type of business.

The shopkeepers include: hairdressers, foundries, wax makers, glovers, cabinet makers, perfumers, saddlers, grocers, spirit dealers, confectioners, haberdashers, hosiers, drapers, watch makers, coppersmiths, book-sellers, cutlers, trunk-makers, china merchants, tobacconists, stationers, upholsterers, auctioneers, whip-makers, seed merchants, rope-makers, pewterers, ironmongers, painters, milliners, toy-sellers, shoe-makers, tin merchants, gunsmiths and candlemakers, as well as surgeons, lawyers and bankers.

Seen by many as an unfair tax, it was abolished in 1789 following riots in London. You can find out more about the tax rolls and other shop-keeping records on the NAS website.

Please note that ScotlandsPlaces is a subscription-based website.

Further examples from the 1905 Valuation Rolls
With the 1905 Valuation Rolls continuing to be popular with visitors to the ScotlandsPeople website, we thought we'd highlight three more examples. So included below are the entries for the West Edinburgh Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Glasgow Walton Angling Club and Edinburgh Women Students Athletics Club. In these three records, you can also see the names and some of the occupations of the people (and also some businesses) who lived nearby to these establishments.

N.B. when viewing these large images on the website, just click on the image to enlarge it even further.

Edinburgh Women Students Athletics Club Glasgow Walton Angling Club West Edinburgh Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

Edinburgh Women Students Athletics Club

Glasgow Walton Angling Club

West Edinburgh Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

ScotlandsPeople at the SAFHS Conference - Galashiels, Saturday 11 May

The ScotlandsPeople Team will be attending the SAFHS (Scottish Association of Family History Societies) Conference/Fair in Galashiels on Saturday 11 May.

graphic for SAFHA FaitThe conference/fair takes place at the Scottish Borders Campus (Nether Road, TD1 3HE - there is free parking next to the campus and in the surrounding streets) and runs from 10am to 4.30pm. Admission is free if you're just attending the fair, or £15 if you're going to the various talks.

The theme of the conference/fair is 'Comings and Goings, Migration and Scotland', and these are the six talks that are taking place:

  • 'Scotland and Migration' by Ian Wotherspoon,
  • 'Droving and Drove Roads' in Northumberland by Dr Ian Roberts,
  • 'Emigration & Immigration Records on the Internet' by Ken Nisbet,
  • 'Exploring the Buccleuch Archives' by Andrew Armstrong,
  • 'Border Shepherds in Caithness' by Jennifer Bruce,
  • 'Migration Stories at the National Portrait Gallery' by Sheila Asante.

With so many family history societies and experts attending the conference/fair, it promises to be an excellent day out for anyone who is interested in genealogy, local history and Scottish history. The conference/fair will also be very useful for people who are new to family history, with plenty of free tips, expert advice and kind words on offer. So if you're attending the conference/fair, please visit the ScotlandsPeople stand and say 'hello'.

How the writer, Meg Henderson, became an 'ancestor botherer'…

graphic for meg hendersonThe author and journalist, Meg Henderson, is renowned for writing about life in pre-war and wartime Glasgow, and exploring how families struggled to survive in those tough times. Many of the stories and themes in Meg's first book, Finding Peggy, came from her research into the history of her family – so the genealogy muse has certainly inspired and informed much of Meg's writing.

When the Scottish Census records were published online, Meg wrote a very interesting article about how she evolved into a 'fully paid-up ancestor botherer'. Very kindly, Meg has allowed us to republish this article (complete with photos) about how she inadvertently became a family history addict on the ScotlandsPeople website.

'Release IB' of the 2011 Scottish Census results
graphic for scottish censusFor anybody interested in modern demographic trends in Scotland, the second set of results - 'Release 1B' - from Scotland's 2011 Census have just been published on the Scotland's Census website. This new release of statistics offers demographic snapshots of Scotland on census day, with the statistics broken down by five-year age bands and sex. 'Release 1B' also provides estimates of the number of households in each council area.

You can read the news story about 'Release 1B' on the National Records of Scotland website - and you can search for ancestors in the Scottish censuses from 1841 to 1911 on the ScotlandsPeople website.

Some forthcoming events - Scotland, England and Canada

  • The Comox Valley Family History Research Group is holding a Genealogy Seminar on Vancouver Island on Saturday 20 April 2013;
  • 'Using Newspapers in Family History Research': The Highland Archive Centre , in Inverness, Tuesday 23 April - a free event;
  • 'Salt, Sun and Shivering: Scots at the Seaside, 1750 to 2000' - the Spring Conference of the Scottish Local History Forum, Friday 26 April;
  • 'Newspaper Research Day': Lincoln, Saturday 27 April, 10am to 4pm – a free event organised by the Lincolnshire FHS;
  • 'Discovering family history workshop': the National Library of Scotland, Tuesday 14 May and Thursday 6 June - free events, but booking is required;
  • 'Using Newspapers in Family History Research': Saturday 18 May at 2.15pm, Dumfries and Galloway FHS, St Ninian's Church Hall, St Andrew Street, Castle Douglas (DG7 1EN);
  • The Ottawa branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) is holding a Family History Day on Saturday 4 May;
  • 'Using maps for family and local history': National Library of Scotland, Thursday 13 June, a free event, but booking is required;
  • 'An introduction to online newspaper resources': the National Library of Scotland, Tuesday 18 June - a free event, but booking is required.

And some news snippets that we liked this past month

All the Best,
The ScotlandsPeople Team




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