Thursday, 6 August 2015

Family History Day

Family History Day, 29th August, 2015

Who are we? And where did we come from?
Join us on Family History Day and maybe you’ll find some clues to help you find the answers to these eternal questions! The theme this year is all about how place, population and family are all linked through time. And it’s all free!

This year we have three speakers and three workshops, as well as free ScotlandsPeople access, with guided sessions to introduce you to using the site, or help you with your knottier genealogy queries. You’ll have the opportunity to see some of the treasures in the John Gray Centre Archives in our behind the scenes tours and there will be lively activities and storytelling for children, including a fantastic interactive coded trail through the Centre, with charms and tales from ‘ancestors’.
Starting off the day at 10.10a.m., the Scottish Place Names Society (SPNS) will be talking about the origins and history of some of Scotland’s (and East Lothian’s) more unusual place names. They’re not all what you might expect!

Two authors will be visiting us from the Edinburgh International Book Festival! At 11.30 Alistair Moffat talks about ‘Scotland’s Ancestral DNA’. Author of bestselling accounts of the ancient human journey around the globe, traced from genetic evidence, and how the populations of Scotland and Britain developed over time, it’s sure to be fascinating!
Carnegie Award-winning writer Theresa Breslin will be speaking at 2–3p.m. about her popular WWI novels Ghost Soldier and Remembrance – it’ll be a rare opportunity to meet her and find out about how she weaves historical research into such moving and involving stories.
Genealogist Bob Starratt will be joining the local history team to deliver three introductory workshops on the resources available at the Centre for your family history research.
Storyteller Nicola Wright will be leading families on a journey through their ancestors’ past, with time-travelling clues on an intriguing trail throughout the John Gray Centre … and beyond! For the first time you’ll find clues and stories outside the Centre too! There will be fun craft activities for children too, with some lovely takeaway items based around our exhibition, ‘Remarkable Trees’.

The day ends with folk band Curmudgeon taking over the Star Room for some lively traditional music. Refreshments available too!

Please contact Haddington library to book a place on the workshops - phone 01620 820 680/email