New Genealogy Centre helps unlock Fife's past

Archived news: published on Thursday 29 May 2008 by Fife Council

Provost Frances Melville opens the new 'centre

Provost Frances Melville opens the new 'centre

Fife Council's Genealogy Service which helps people trace their family trees has been so successful, it has now a second Centre at the City Chambers, Dunfermline to add to the existing one in St Andrews. 

The new Centre was officially opened this week by the Provost of Fife Cllr Frances Melville. The ceremony was attended by partner organisations and local Councillors.

Both St Andrews and Dunfermline centres will be open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings for the public to carry out research or request the Service to commission a Family Tree Package.

Lots of answers to questions about your Family History can be unlocked by accessing the Records of Scotland's People, such as Births, Deaths, Marriages and Census Returns.  Some of these records date back to 1553 and both Centres hold the records for all of Scotland, not just Fife. 

Scotland has some of the most comprehensive and detailed information in its statutory records, in comparison to other parts of the world, which makes it so much easier to research your family's history. 

Census Records back to 1841 give you a fascinating snapshot of who lived in a household, their occupations, ages and so much more.  The Genealogy Service also work with other partners and help to signpost you to other agencies that can provide  you with more detailed information, if you so wish.

The Service offers  you the opportunity to sit with an experienced researcher and sift through the hundreds of thousands of records available, taking away what information you need to continue your own research or you can commission the service to produce a book-bound Family Tree, available in a variety of affordable packages - an unusual and personal gift for someone special. 

Jennifer Millar, Business Support Manager - Registration Service said: "The Service has been running now since July 2005 and the demand has increased dramatically. 

"The feedback from customers has been tremendous and the enthusiasm of the staff carrying out this research has been commented on.  It is something that we are all passionate about and enjoy helping people to fill in the knowledge gaps they may have about their families."

Councillor Brian Goodall Chair of the Housing and Communities Committee said: "It is great we have been able to expand this service by opening this new centre in Dunfermline and that we are making this service as affordable and accessible to more residents and visitors in Fife in this way.

"We want to encourage all Fifers, wherever they may be to think now about the Homecoming 2009 initiative and come home - to Fife.  This new service will play a positive role in helping that happen."

More information about the new centre is available at www.fifedirect.org.uk or by calling 08451 55 00 77.

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