The May 2021 edition of the Society Journal is now available online and postal distribution is underway. Please login to your membership account to access this Journal.  If you haven't registered your account yet, click on the Register link in the top right corner.

We are pleased to announce that all procedures are in place for reopening our Centre from Tuesday 4th May 2021.

Until further notice, access will be by appointment only.  An appointment lasts for up to 2½ hours, between 10:15am and 12:45pm Monday to Saturday or between 1:15pm and 3:45pm Monday to Friday.  To reserve a slot, please telephone the Society on 01224 646323 between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday or between 10am and 1pm Saturday.

All users of our Centre must bring and wear a face-covering. To prepare for your visit to our Centre, please read our Covid-19 Safety Policy and other guidelines here.  An appointment is for one person at one computer only. Staff can fetch other materials for you. For our remote members, it may also be possible to book a slot for a video consultation with a volunteer (e.g. using Zoom or Google Meet).

Advanced Course in Family History

Tutor: Ken Nisbet

Six Thursdays (27th May to 1st July 2021), 7pm to 9pm BST (UK)
Online via Zoom
Cost: £46 (£42 concession: OAP, disabled etc.)
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1.  Researching English Family History

Looking at English birth, marriage and death records, how to access them and what information they may show, and the alternatives to the statutory records.  Accessing and using pre-statutory Church records; and the importance of the Hardwicke Marriage Act (1753).  Census returns 1841–1911 and the 1939 register.  How to access and use Probate Records for England and Wales.


2.  Researching Emigration and Migration records

Looking at internal migration within the UK and migration to the UK, and what records are available   How to access and use migration and shipping records, and overseas records for those who migrated from the UK, for both temporary and permanent migration.


3.  Researching Irish Family History – by Jill Williams

Jill will look at the records that are available online for your Irish family-history research, and how not everything was destroyed by fire, and how to interpret and use these records.


4.  Researching your Criminal Ancestors – also covers Transportation

What records are available to research those of our relatives who broke the law – Court and Jail records; how the courts used banishment and transportation as a form of sentence.  How to access transportation records and court records – based on examining the records for members of the tutor’s own family who were transported.


5.  Researching the Poor and using Poor Law Records

What is the definition of "poor", and how to identify them?  The deserving and undeserving poor.  Using Kirk Session Records and the records created by the 1843 Scottish Poor Law Act and other sources.


6.  Researching British Soldiers of the Great War using offline and online records.

A detailed examination of the records that are available for researching both those individuals who died during active service and those who survived their service – and how to put these records together to create a record, even when the main service records do not survive.


Ken Nisbet has been involved in family-history research for over 40 years and is currently Secretary of the Scottish Genealogy Society and the Scottish Association of Family History Societies.  He has been a member of the Scotland's People Family History Centre User Group since its inception.  He is the resident expert on Scottish Ancestral Records Podcasts, and does talks to many of Scotland's Family History Societies.  Through the Scottish Genealogy Society, he has had published a Roll of Honour for Nairnshire 1914–1921, and a History of the 2nd Battalion 78th Foot 1804–1816.  He has extensively researched his own family history, which covers all parts of Scotland.  He has also researched family members who emigrated to Australia (voluntarily or involuntarily), Canada, South Africa, the USA and many other countries.

Nigg Memorial Inscriptions

The parish of Nigg in Kincardineshire was originally served by the now-ruined kirk of St Fittick, down near the shore.  However, by the early 19th century, this had become too small to accommodate a growing population, and was replaced in 1829 by the new Nigg Kirk, near the summit of Tullos Hill.  Burials continued at first in the old St Fittick’s kirkyard, the first burial beside the new church being in 1878.

Nigg Kirkyard contains more than 1,000 stones, many of them commemorating members of the old fishing and sea-faring families of Nigg, Cove and Torry – Wood, Main, Guyan, Masson, Leiper and more.  The dead of both World Wars are remembered on a war memorial in the form of an obelisk and on 22 individual Commonwealth War Graves.

The Memorial Inscriptions of Nigg Kirkyard are now published: code AA075, price £7·50.  The MIs of St Fittick’s were published in 2006 as AA156 (£2·40).

A searchable index to the published MIs of St Fittick’s, Nigg Kirk, and over 130 other burial grounds in North-East Scotland will be found at:

Memorial Inscription Index


Gavin Bell (MI Co-ordinator) No. 4085


Nigg Kirkyard Cover



Ordering Information


The Kirkyard of Nigg - Item Code: AA075£7.50 plus postage and packing

In addition to the above title, check out our online Publications List which has a wide range of family and local history titles particularly relating to Aberdeen and the North-East.


To place your order, please visit:  How to Order Publications