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  • From our JULY 2015 issue… (Full contents here) Family historian Chris Paton explains the judicial role of the kirk session in Scotland… Although Scottish parish registers helpfully allow us to trace who our ancestors were, it is the records of the kirk sessions that more specifically help us to understand how the Kirk worked within society as an institution. The registers of individual kirk sessions not only recall the everyday administrations of a church’s elders and minister, but also provide a record for one of the session’s primary functions – its role as the lowest of the Kirk’s courts. […] 0

    Sitting on the penitent’s stool

    From our JULY 2015 issue… (Full contents here) Family historian Chris Paton explains the judicial role of the kirk session in Scotland… Although Scottish parish registers helpfully allow us to trace who our ancestors were, it is the records of the kirk sessions that more specifically help us to understand how the Kirk worked within society as an institution. The registers of individual kirk sessions not only recall the everyday administrations of a church’s elders and minister, but also provide a record for one of the session’s primary functions – its role as the lowest of the Kirk’s courts. […]

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  • From our JUNE 2015 issue… (Full contents here)Denization and naturalisation records feature foreign artisans and aristocrats seeking a better life in Britain, says Laura Berry Stretching back as far as the chronicles will take us, these island shores have been awash with an endless flow of ‘strangers’ born overseas, ‘friendly aliens’ for the most part. With few legal barriers to immigration before the 1905 Aliens Act, Britain became a haven for Huguenots fleeing persecution in 17th century France, for asylum-seeking Europeans during the 18th-century Revolutionary Wars, and for Jews escaping the 19th-century Russian pogroms. Despite the gates essentially being […] 0

    Alien ancestors

    From our JUNE 2015 issue… (Full contents here)Denization and naturalisation records feature foreign artisans and aristocrats seeking a better life in Britain, says Laura Berry Stretching back as far as the chronicles will take us, these island shores have been awash with an endless flow of ‘strangers’ born overseas, ‘friendly aliens’ for the most part. With few legal barriers to immigration before the 1905 Aliens Act, Britain became a haven for Huguenots fleeing persecution in 17th century France, for asylum-seeking Europeans during the 18th-century Revolutionary Wars, and for Jews escaping the 19th-century Russian pogroms. Despite the gates essentially being […]

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  •  From our May 2015 issue… (Full contents here) Keith Gregson explores Britain’s worst railway disaster, which has often been overlooked because it occurred in the midst of World War One No more upon the Links of Leith these Scots lads be seen For they did meet a sad sore fate down near to Gretna Green (Contemporary postcard poem) The Queen famously described the year 1992 as an annus horribilis. The monthly equivalent of 1992 may well have been May 1915. During that month, the Lusitania was sunk off the coast of Ireland with the loss of over 1,000 lives. […] 0

    A May to remember

     From our May 2015 issue… (Full contents here) Keith Gregson explores Britain’s worst railway disaster, which has often been overlooked because it occurred in the midst of World War One No more upon the Links of Leith these Scots lads be seen For they did meet a sad sore fate down near to Gretna Green (Contemporary postcard poem) The Queen famously described the year 1992 as an annus horribilis. The monthly equivalent of 1992 may well have been May 1915. During that month, the Lusitania was sunk off the coast of Ireland with the loss of over 1,000 lives. […]

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  • From our April 2015 issue… (Full contents here) Angela Buckley reveals how you can track down your criminal ancestors – assuming they were caught All families have skeletons in their genealogical closets and finding a criminal ancestor adds colour to a family tree; even the most ‘respectable’ families have secrets lurking just under the surface. Many factors can drive an individual to commit a crime and, if your ancestors were struggling to survive, then they may well have strayed over to the wrong side of the law. In the 19th century, extreme poverty, without the safety net of state […] 1

    Toughs in cuffs

    From our April 2015 issue… (Full contents here) Angela Buckley reveals how you can track down your criminal ancestors – assuming they were caught All families have skeletons in their genealogical closets and finding a criminal ancestor adds colour to a family tree; even the most ‘respectable’ families have secrets lurking just under the surface. Many factors can drive an individual to commit a crime and, if your ancestors were struggling to survive, then they may well have strayed over to the wrong side of the law. In the 19th century, extreme poverty, without the safety net of state […]

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