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Discovering the Hidden Gems in the Scottish Kirk Session Records

April 30 @ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

$20.00 – $30.00

We all have gaps in our Scottish research about Births, Marriages and Deaths in the pre-1855 civil registration time. You have looked and hunted through the Old Parish Registers without any luck, finding gaps of years or even just months and, of course, always in the spot you want. The Kirk Sessions registers became available online in 2021 on both Scotlandspeople and FamilySearch. They are Not Indexed, but not that difficult to try and locate a record for the time you are researching. Many are still missing, just like the OPR’s, but many have survived and are a must for your Scottish research. This presentation will explain precisely what and how to find records in which you may never have dreamt of finding details about your ancestor. Was he an elder of the church? Did they have an illegitimate child? You don’t know the father’s name to a child born to your unwed ancestor. Was a child born not long after the marriage? Can’t find the burial? Did you know that your ancestor fixed the church’s gates and got paid for it; That Mary Smith cooked potatoes and took them to your ancestor when they were sick and could not work. Who was the schoolmaster? This presentation will delve into the depths of the Church Minutes and Accounts, giving you a better understanding of your ancestor’s life in their village or town. What information can you get and do from home and at GSQ? You will certainly learn lots from looking at the Kirk Session records if you have a Scottish background.

About the presenter
Ailsa Corlett
Ailsa Corlett has been compiling her family history since 1989. In the 1990’s she was an Accredited Record Agent via AAGRA (Australian Association of Genealogists and Record Agents), specialising in New Zealand Research. Ailsa was a member of GSQ in the early 1990s until taking a break in the 2000s and rejoining again in 2017. Love of computers and all Tech things, Ailsa was part of establishing the first GSQ Computer Group and was involved in many of the Seminars and Presentations and the Committee. Still having a love of computers, now is the Convenor of TAG (Technical Advisory Group), Co-host of the Monday Zoom Meetings, the 4th Wednesday Evening Zoom with guest speakers, one of the web coordinators for GSQ, and active member of the GSQ DNA SIG. With a New Zealand and Scottish background on all sides of her family, she has done extensive research in both areas and likes to share this knowledge to assist others with their searches.


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April 30
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
$20.00 – $30.00
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Virtually via Zoom
QLD Australia


(07) 3349 6072
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