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GROUP: Scottish Research Group

  • 05 November 2022
  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Your place
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Topic 1: Brick Walls

The first hour will be dedicated to assisting breaking down brick walls.

If you would like some help from attendees, please look at the link below for more details on how to present your brick wall. These must be received by Friday 28th October. 

For details on how to present your brick wall click here

Note - As SAG Research Groups are collaborative, we ask that all attendees please help their fellow researchers by offering suggestions of how to progress a brick wall or simply give any resource you may be aware of which may help. You are NOT being asked to do the research!

Topic 2: Marriages in Scotland through time

From banns to per verba de praesenti, Scotland has long had a distinctive marriage culture. Some traditions – like runaway marriages at Gretna – are well known, others less so. In this talk, professional researcher Fergus Smith explores marriage customs and law in Scotland, from the Reformation to the present day. He explains how to find some of the less well-known records relating to marriage and some of the differences compared to the situation elsewhere.

The talk will be recorded, but despite the time difference, Fergus will be available afterwards to answer any questions you may have.

Make sure you have your questions ready and also be ready to assist others if you are able to as this is the basis of what all SAG Groups are about - people helping other people with ideas and suggestions about their family research.

About the presenter:

Fergus Smith is a historian and genealogist, specialising in Scottish research, particularly church and legal records. After working as a translator and antiquarian bookdealer, he co-founded, with the aim of making Scottish records more readily accessible. He builds historical data systems, has researched for the BBC and many academic historians, and is a regular speaker at conferences and events organised by among others the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and St Andrews. He presented three talks at RootsTech earlier this year.

This is an online session using the Zoom platform.

Convenors: Cathie Sherwood and  Diana Pecar

Skill level: All

This webinar will be recorded so you can attend live or watch it later (or do both!) 

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