Sarah Smith

Virtual Family Reunion

9 Steps to a Successful Virtual Family Reunion

(2-3 minutes read) The impact of Covid 19 is testing everyone, re-adjusting the way we live.  Social distancing and self-isolation mean that we are not meeting up like we used to.  Organising a virtual family reunion is the best way to combat isolation, boredom and gives us a chance to reconnect with our heritage.  The advantages of …

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Scottish Naming Pattern to help identify Scottish ancestors

Use the Scottish naming pattern to help your research

(1-2 minutes read) Here are some hints and tips on how to use the Scottish naming pattern for your family history research.  For many centuries, many Scottish ancestors followed a traditional naming pattern to name their children. The Scottish naming pattern can be a good starting point for a line of inquiry when you hit …

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What’s in a Name – WARDEN and links with Napoleon Bonaparte

Surnames evolved as a way to put people into groups whether by their occupation, place of origin, patronage, clan or even physical attributes. The surname Warden was first used in England to mean watchman or guardian. The Wardens The name is first found in 1066 and it was used by a gentleman named Wluric Uuerdenus …

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Loch Leven Castle

A BRIEF HISTORY OF EDUCATION IN KINROSS-SHIRE BEFORE 1872

As part of my dissertation, I researched literacy levels in Kinrosshire from 1696 until 1872 when the 1872 Education (Scotland) Act was introduced.  This blog forms part of my dissertation explaining the evolution of education in Kinross-shire which is reflection of the rest of the nation. Currently part of Perth and Kinross region, Kinross-shire is …

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