Archive for the ‘Genealogy’ Category

Explore over 200 years of history and access hundreds of historic newspapers from all over Britain and Ireland – FREE through your library.

This exciting archive can support users researching a wide variety of topics – from family histories to worldwide diplomatic relations! Whether you’re a history buff, genealogist or sports fan, there are resources to cover all interests.

To access The British Newspaper Archive you will need to register (don’t worry it’s free) from a South Ayrshire Library computer. To find out more about this fantastic resource visit your local library.


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Would you like to trace your family history, but don’t know how to get started?

The Local History Department in Ayr’s Carnegie Library will be holding a series of afternoon Family History Workshops during the winter months.

The workshops are for those wishing to research their family history but need a helping hand. They give valuable information on how to start searching and how to use resources available in the library and online.

The sessions will run from 1.30pm until 4.30pm on

Wednesday 29th and Friday 31st October, 2014

Wednesday 12th and Friday 14th November, 2014

Please note: The workshops are free, but numbers will be limited.

If you are interested in attending and would like more information please contact us at the details below.

Tel: (01292) 272231 Email: localhistory@south-ayrshire.gov.uk
Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB

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Who do you think you are?

Explore your family history at the Local and Family History department in Ayr’s Carnegie Library. The department houses a unique collection of books, pamphlets, directories, maps, plans, local newspapers and photographs. Members of the public who wish to conduct their own family history research are welcome to visit the department to use the resources we have available. The most frequently used items are available for readers to browse through and select for themselves, but some of the stock is stored ‘behind the scenes’ and is obtainable on request.

Staff will help identify appropriate sources and give guidance on using the collection. We are happy to help with enquiries anytime, but if you would like to book a ‘Starter Session’ with regards to family history please contact us and we will give you a timeslot and information on what you need to bring along to help get you started with your research.

New for this autumn

We will be holding a number of Beginner’s Family History Classes this coming winter (dates still to be confirmed). If you would like to embark on this fascinating journey to your family’s past keep an eye on our blog posts for details.

Access to the following resources from within the library is free of charge:

Ancestry Library Edition
Discover your family history and build a family tree with the world’s largest genealogy website. Search birth records, census data, obituaries and more free from any South Ayrshire Libraries computer.

The library has taken out a subscription to Find my Past which enables users to have free access to English and Welsh records and the Scottish Census using the PCs in the department.

Births, Marriages and Deaths from the Ayr Advertiser 1803-1885
This online index is a joint project between South Ayrshire Council Libraries Service and Opportunities in Retirement Family History Group Ayr.

Scotsman Historical Newspapers Archive (1817 – 1950)
Find significant moments in the history of Scotland, or discover if your ancestor appears in our births, marriages and deaths notices.

Scotlandspeople Vouchers – Are available to buy in the department and can be used in the library and at home. Starter vouchers £7.00 for 60 credits Top ups £5.60 for 30 credits.

First World War Genealogical books for loan

Tracing your First World War ancestors using local newspapers

The Local and Family History department in Carnegie Library also holds the local newspapers covering the conflict, lists of casualties, deaths and distinctions that were published in increasing numbers as the war progressed.

If you would like more information about any of these resources you can contact us by Email: localhistory@south-ayrshire.gov.uk or  Tel: 01292 272231

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Ancestry Library Edition brings the world’s most popular online genealogy resource to South Ayrshire Libraries.

Discover your family history story with sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more.

This online resource is only available for FREE in our libraries and isn’t available from home.

Expert help available in our Local History Department

For expert advice on how to go about family and local history research it is highly recommended that customers visit our Local and Family History Department based at Ayr’s Carnegie Library.  The department houses unique records and resources that compliment the Ancestry Library Edition and would benefit our customers in their Family History research.


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