The November 2021 edition of the Society Journal is now available online and postal distribution will be underway shortly.  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.

All places are now filled on this course.   

If you have been in touch since mid-November and have received an acknowledgement, your place on the course is reserved, and we'll shortly send out details and call for payment, which will confirm your place.

ANESFHS online Beginners' Course on six consecutive Thursdays, 20 Jan to 24 Feb 2022

Dates:  Thursdays, 20th January to 24th February 2022 (inclusive).
Time:  7pm to 9pm GMT.  (EST: 2pm to 4pm.  Pacific Time: 11am to 1pm.)
Presenter:  Kenneth Nisbet (Scottish Genealogy Society).
Medium:  Zoom online meeting (invitation link to follow).
Format:  First hour: presentation (attendees muted).  Second hour: Q&A.  Afterwards: handouts e-mailed from presenter.
Zoom etiquette:  Ken Nisbet politely requests: "The students have to agree not to record the class as it belongs to me."

Course fee:  £46.00 sterling, or £42.00 concession for OAPs, or unemployed, or registered disabled.
Payment method:  please see details on inside front cover of any ANESFHS Journal.
*  UK members:  preferred method (please): Internet banking, or PayPal.
*  Overseas members:  please use PayPal: on the Society's website, go to "Services" and select "Ad-Hoc Payments".  (Any problems: please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Once the Society has received your payment, you'll receive an e-mail with a single Zoom invitation link which you'll click on to join each instalment of this course.  Keep the e-mail with the invitation link in a safe and accessible place!  If you don't receive the link within a couple of days of making your payment, please check your Junk/Spam folders, and please let us know if the invitation still hasn't reached you.


This 6-week course, tutored by Ken Nisbet, will look at the sources available both online and offline that can help you to start researching your family history, and importantly what additional sources can be found to research your ancestors' employment, military service, appearance in local newspapers, education and so on.  Ken will also explain how to put the acquired information together to give a story to your relatives’ lives.

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.

More detailed description:
Week 1: what is family history? and how do you create one?  Also a detailed examination of Scottish Statutory Registration and the records created, so looking at birth, marriage and death records 1855 to date, and also how the rules regarding what is a legal marriage have changed.

Week 2: the census from 1801 to 1911, and reference to what the 1921 census contained.  Examples from 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901 and 1911 will be shown and examined.  The tutor will also look at what other lists can help us with our family history, such as valuation rolls, voters' rolls, post office and trade directories.

Week 3: church records: where to find them, the various kind of records that exist, parish registers and kirk session records, an examination of how the Church of Scotland split up and then reunited, and the effect it had on its records. a look at Roman Catholic Church records and what they are.

Week 4: education and employment records, what records can we find on our relatives' schooling and further education, if they went to university, what employment records can be found online and offline; government employment, railway, shipping, nursing; also a look at industrial accidents, trade union records.

Week 5: military records from the 17th to the 20th century, looking at what records are available and what they can tell us about our relatives' service (the advanced course covers the Great War Records in detail).

Week 6: an introduction to the use of DNA in family history and how, having got the information, you put it together to make a family history.


 Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested.  

Old Deer Memorial Inscriptions

The MIs for Old Deer have been a long time in the making  There had been, for many years, an incomplete version among the “draft MIs”, so, in 2019, the mapping was overhauled, and the “Graveyard Outing” was set for Old Deer.

Much useful work was done, but, as ever, there remained a number of loose ends. A particular problem was the large number of horizontal stones which had become heavily covered with moss or lichen, and progress with checking these was slow - although we had unexpected help from an archaeological working party which had just finished a nearby dig. 

Then came Covid, which halted all further work on-site.  But the last checks were eventually made earlier this year, and “The Kirkyard of Old Deer” (catalogue number AA077) is now available, cost £5.00.

A searchable index to the published MIs of Old Deer, and over 130 other burial grounds in North-East Scotland will be found at:

Memorial Inscription Index


 - Gavin Bell (MI Co-ordinator) No. 4085






Ordering Information


The Kirkyard of Old Deer Item Code: AA077 - £5.00 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