Local residents urged to branch out with family trees

SUPER BOOST . . . Supercounty's John Scott (left) presents members of the Society with a �200 donation as part of Celebrating Lanarkshire 2013. Left to right is committee member Louise Forrest, membership secretary Elizabeth McCarrol and chairman Bob Stewart.

SUPER BOOST . . . Supercounty's John Scott (left) presents members of the Society with a �200 donation as part of Celebrating Lanarkshire 2013. Left to right is committee member Louise Forrest, membership secretary Elizabeth McCarrol and chairman Bob Stewart.

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THE Lanarkshire Family History Society is encouraging residents to discover their family history during Celebrating Lanarkshire 2013.

The Motherwell-based organisation was formed in 1991 and has strived to encourage the local communities to become involved through a series of talks and events.

John Scott, head of the Supercounty Lanarkshire Civic Pride Campaign, said: “The Lanarkshire Family History Society has a proud heritage of hosting wonderful genealogical events.

“It is really important that we all know who we are and where we came from, and a wonderful way to achieve that is through the development of our family tree.

“The Society has a wonderful resource centre in Merry Street which would be a fantastic starting place to explore and map family records.

“A huge strand of Celebrating Lanarkshire 2013 embraces our history and I am delighted to help this group continue with their work – especially during our celebratory year.”

Bob Stewart, chairman of the Society, added: “It looks as though 2013 is going to be a very busy year for the Society.

“We have just held a mini Family and Local History Fair – which was a great success – and we are set to host a series of monthly talks.

“We are delighted to announce that our speaker at next month’s meeting will be Dr Bruce Durie, internationally recognised genealogist, who will deliver a talk on Retours at the GLO Centre on Thursday, February 14 at 7pm.

“We aim to mark the bi-centenary of David Livingstone with a talk from Karen Carruthers, manager of the Blantyre museum, on Thursday, March 14.

“The committee are all busy in the preparations leading to the Family History Fair which will be held in Motherwell Concert Hall on Saturday, August 24.

“This event is Scottish-wide with other organisations as well as other local history and heritage groups, libraries and schools getting together to share and celebrate family history.

“I’m sure our events will be well attended by our local communities and wider and I would like to take the opportunity to thank Supercounty for their support in helping us achieve our goals.”

Interested parties should contact lanarkshirefhs@hotmail.co.uk or visit the resource centre at 122 – 124 Merry Street.

More information is also available at www.lanarkshirefhs.org.uk.

Celebrating in Song,
see also page 14.