centre will help families trace ancestors
History society has new home in museum
A new centre which will help people trace their Buchan ancestors back hundreds of years has opened in Peterhead.
The Family History Society of Buchan has a new base at the Arbuthnot Museum in St Peter Street filled with some of the latest – and oldest – genealogical technology.
It was officially launched by First Minister Alex Salmond on Saturday.
The society was formed in 2008, and already boasts members from all over the world.
Chairwoman Councillor Anne Allan said: “Tracing your family history can give you a greater understanding of the lives and times of ancestors who lived hundreds of years ago – and possibly even thousands of miles away.
“The Year of Homecoming is all about Scotland and celebrating a history full of tradition and culture.
“What better way to celebrate this than to examine your own history and bring the past to life in a way you never have before?”
Mr Salmond was presented with a family tree dating back to the 16th century during Saturday’s launch.
He said: “It is absolutely fascinating poring over your family tree and genealogy is a hobby which is very much on the up.
“Genealogical tourism provides a very substantial percentage of business in Scotland, with people becoming intent on finding out more about their families – and in the Year of Homecoming, this facility will be particularly important.”
The Family History Society of Buchan has regular open meetings for members and non-members. For dates visit the official website at www.fhsb.org.uk