Thursday, 27 August 2015

William M Murdoch, the Dalbeattie-born First Officer died on the fateful maiden voyage RMS Titanic in 1912

Dear Cheryl,
A complete record of the deaths of Scottish seafarers from late Victorian times until 1974 are now available to search on ScotlandsPeople. 
The 14,000 new records are monthly returns of the Deaths of Seamen, which list Scots along with other crew members of all nationalities who were serving on British-registered vessels between 1909 and 1974. Amongst the new entries are William M Murdoch, the Dalbeattie-born First Officer who died on the fateful maiden voyage RMS Titanic in 1912, and John Thompson, a seaman from Annan, who perished aged just 15 on the Lusitania, torpedoed by the Germans in 1915. 
Also within the new records are the Returns of Deaths at Seafor the years 1902-1905: the lists of Scottish seamen and passengers reported to the Registrar General for Scotland as having died at sea.  Read the full News Release to find out more about these fascinating new records.
Search the Deaths of Seamen Records

Carnegie Trust Student Archives
In 1901, Scots American millionaire Andrew Carnegie created the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland to help the “deserving and qualified youth of that country” to attend university. The main source of student funding until the introduction of government grants, the Carnegie Trust has played an important role in increasing social mobility and educational attainment in Scotland.

The original index cards showing the name of recipients, course details and the amount awards have been digitised, and the Carnegie Trust team will happily dig into its records on behalf of former recipients or their descendants curious to know more about the support given to them. The Trust also welcome information about our beneficiaries, summarising their achievements and life stories.

To learn more about the archive and request a search, please contact The Carnegie Trust.
Routes to your North East Roots
The ScotlandsPeople team will be attending the Routes to your North East Roots at Stonehaven Town Hall on Saturday 26 September 2015.   We'll be offering one-on-one research, tips and advice on uncovering your ancestors. Amongst the guest speakers is Tristram Clarke of the National Records of Scotland, who will be delivering a talk about new and forthcoming records available on ScotlandsPeople. 

Also upcoming are two family history talks at the National Records of Scotland.
There are still a few places left for the first event, on Tuesday 8 September, a family history session run by Iain Ferguson.  Iain will be offering hints and tips and there will be a hands-on session to help you get the most out of ScotlandsPeople. Next up is a talk by archivist Louise Williams from the Lothian Health Services Archive (LHSA) on Thursday, 8 October. Louise will explore how family historians can use hospital and medical records in their research, giving an introduction to the fascinating records that LHSA holds and how they can be accessed.  

Appeal for information - Scots-Italians and Midwives
We've been delighted with the response to our recent appeal to those who have an ancestor who was a midwife in Scotland, or with Scots-Italians ancestry. If you have a story to tell, we would love to learn more about your ancestor’s life and experiences in Scotland for two forthcoming projects at the National Records of Scotland. We apologise for previously giving out the incorrect contact address. Please get in touch with us
All the best,
The ScotlandsPeople team