Monthly Archives: March 2012

Got almost all my archival storage supplies

My husband fetched the goodies for me today from the university archives. I’m just missing the tissue paper, but hopefully he will get that in the next few days. I’ve got three big cardboard storage boxes: one for each of … Continue reading

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Jean Veitch, Mrs Somner (ca 1770-1804)

This blog post is about one direct ancestor, my 5xg-grandmother Jean Veitch. She was the only known child of her parents, and was named after both of her grandmothers. Her father’s mother, Jane Thomson, Mrs Veitch, was a minister’s daughter … Continue reading

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More on the 1915 valuation rolls

I posted about these earlier, but didn’t mention that the rolls also include information about the value of each property, specifically the “Yearly Rent or Value”. Trouble is I don’t really know enough about these figures then and the wider … Continue reading

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Hunting ancestors in 1915 valuation rolls

The ScotlandsPeople website today launched the digitised 1915 Valuation Rolls, which record proprietors, tenants and occupiers of property then. They plan to release the 1905, 1895, 1885, 1875, 1865 and 1855 valuation rolls later. I did wonder how well the … Continue reading

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About to start sorting out family papers

Some time ago I decided to get proper archival storage supplies. I was able to order them through my local university archive – I’m a double graduate of the history department there, and have given lectures to trainee archivists on … Continue reading

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Clock and watch tax

Another useful tax from the late 18th century, this too is digitised and online for Scotland, though the surviving records are very incomplete. For example there are no records from Roxburghshire at all. However in the East Lothian records I’ve … Continue reading

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Farm horse tax records

Been looking at late 18th century Scottish farm horse tax records, which conveniently are digitised and available freely online. Lots of farming ancestors, so I found quite a few in there, e.g. William Fair, tenant in Horsely, Coldingham parish, Berwickshire, … Continue reading

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