South Ayrshire Local and Family History Fair
South Ayrshire's Local and Family History Fair will this year be taking over the Carnegie Library, Ayr, for a full-day programme of informative talks from respected guest speakers.
Visitors can also browse a variety of stalls offering advice and guidance on family history, tracing your roots and exploring local and national history.
There will also be a showcase of work from South Ayrshire Secondary School's "History Challenge 2019", as well as the work of Kingcase P7 pupils from their project, "Found Photos: Prestwick Community Past Present, Future".
In addition, there will be a Pop-Up Museum and a competition to test your local knowledge!
Whether you're interested in discovering your family history or wanting to take a more specialised look at a particular topic, come along and explore 'History on Your Doorstep".
Day ticket £10 | Half day ticket £5
Single talk tickets available on the day £3 each or £5 for two
Talks are located in the Local & Family History Library, upstairs in the Carnegie.
A lift is available.
Free entry to the stalls, pop up museum, quiz and schools displays.
For booking enquiries please contact: 01292 272231 or visit the Local & Family History department in Ayr's Carnegie Library.
Our speakers for the day are:
10am Tom Barclay, Local Studies Librarian, South Ayrshire Council
"The Roundheads in Ayr: Oliver Cromwell's Garrison 1652-1660"
In 1652, Ayr was chosen to be a garrison town for part of Oliver Cromwell's occupation army, and work commenced on the construction of a major fortress to accommodate them. The townspeople had to adjust to the arrival in their midst of hundreds of English soldiers. This military presence continued for the next ten years, and the English merchants and former soldiers who stayed on in Ayr continued to play an important part in the life of the community. Contemporary letters and documents reveal fascinating insights into the events of these tempestuous years.
11am Joanna Tucker, University of Glasgow
"Using medieval cartulary manuscripts in research"
Cartularies are one of the most important sources for medieval historians, preserving as they do many document texts which do not survive in any other form. In Scotland, the earliest of these books survive from the 13th century. This talk will consider what kinds of texts these manuscripts contain, where they survive, and how they can be used by historians to explore individual medieval communities and places.
2pm Michelle Leonard, Professional Genealogist, Writer and Historian
"What can DNA Testing Do For Your Family Tree?"
This presentation will give an overview of the three main types of DNA tests available for ancestral research. It will explain how Y-DNA, Mitochondrial DNA and Autosomal DNA are inherited and how to use your DNA results to verify the accuracy of your family tree, connect with new cousins, break down brick walls and solve mysteries. Michelle will give practical advice, hints and tips on the best steps to take to succeed, show you how to use DNA testing in conjunction with traditional research and demonstrate what can be achieved using personal success stories. She will also cover the importance of X-chromosome matches and the use of third-party tools.
3pm Pamela McIntyre, South Ayrshire Council
"All good stories start with a map"
Offering a unique reflection as to the purpose and use of maps in telling the story of your family or local history research, Pamela will present a very quick history of mapmaking in Scotland, followed by a step by step guide to accessing maps both online and locally.