Local and family historians – this one’s for YOU

A top-notch lineup of local and family history professionals are joining us for Central Library’s Local and Family History Day on Saturday 17th November.

Get expert advice on how to trace your ancestors, discover the incredible hidden treasures from our collections, and take a look at some specially collated exhibitions.

Throughout the day (from 11am till 3pm) you’ll be able to talk to representatives from the following organisations who’ll be able to answer all your family history queries and questions on the history of Edinburgh:

Old Edinburgh Club

Scotland’s People

Lothians Family History Society

SCRAN

Edinburgh City Archives

The Scottish Genealogy Society

Living Memory Association

Edinburgh Museums and Galleries

Edinburgh Libraries

Edinburgh’s War

We’ve also got the following talks lined up:

Local and Family History Resources from the Edinburgh and Scottish Collection
11.00 – 11.45am and 1.00 – 1.45pm in the Edinburgh and Scottish Collection

Free online local and family history resources: drop-in sessions
12.00 – 12.30pm and 2.15 – 2.45pm in the George Washington Browne Room

Discover the treasures of Central Library (looking at our rare collections)
11.30 – 12.00 noon and 2.00 – 2.30pm in the Board Room

“The history of Burke and Hare”. A talk by John Baxter, RCAHMS
Burke and Hare expert John Baxter will delve into the world of the infamous duo to discover what Edinburgh was like at the time and to see what still exists from when they walked our city’s streets.
1.00 – 1.45pm in the Conference Room

The Bear Family Tree
A craft event for 3 – 8 year-olds. Help decorate the Bear family tree.
2.00 – 4.00pm in the Children’s Library

Between times you can explore The World War One History Hub or take a look at the following exhibitions:

Travels with Robert Louis Stevenson: Stevenson’s Journey in the Cevennes

Capital Collections: Picturing the Past. Images, books and objects from the collections of Edinburgh Libraries, Museums and Galleries

If you’d like to know more email informationdigital@edinburgh.gov.uk

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