24 April 2021

32nd Annual Scottish Association of Family History Societies 2021 Conference

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About the 32nd Annual Scottish Association of Family History Societies 2021 Conference

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On behalf of Scottish Association of Family History Societies (SAFHS) the 32nd annual conference is to be held in the City of Dundee hosted by Tay Valley Family History Society (TVFHS).

TVHS is delighted to bring SAFHS members, Family History Societies, Industry and members of the public together to participate in this event.

Conference Theme : "Tay Valleys' Inspirational Women"

"Tay Valleys' Inspirational Women" through the eyes of women within the local area

We are proposing to have four prominent speakers to cover various aspects on the day as well as SAFHS members along with Trade Stalls providing resources, information and assistance.

Keynote Speakers

We are delighted and look forward to hearing from our keynote speakers:

Dr Norman Watson, Journalist and Historian
Dr Watson spent 25 years as a writer on The Courier and is now DC Thomson’s first-ever company historian.  Despite thousands of articles on news and politics, he says he is better known for dozily missing deadlines, forgetting appointments, being sued, locked up, thrown out of countries...and once being birched by the KGB.  An award-winning author, he has worked for all of Scotland’s leading publishers and his books once topped Waterstone’s Christmas sales in Dundee in four out of eight consecutive years. Despite that, he says his great claim to literary immortality is the Norwegian newspaper crossword which made him Clue 7 Across.  As a historian he has co-curated women’s suffrage exhibitions in London and Edinburgh and Dundee and discussed aspects of women’s history on television and on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. He was also invited to open the Scottish Parliament’s first-ever public exhibition, on women’s place in our democracy. 

Sheena Wellington on mill workers

Matthew Ylitalo from St Andrews University as a speaker on women involved in financing whaling in Dundee.

Conference Venue - Dalhousie Building, Dundee

A warm welcome awaits you!  The conference is being held at the Dalhousie Building at the heart of the University of Dundee's campus and is situated a short walk from the city centre and close to all travel links.  Find us on Google Maps here.

The conference will be held in Lecture Theatre 3 - fixed teired rows of chairs with fixed desks.  Induction Loop available.

The Family History Fair will be held in the Reception Area and Mezzaine on the first floor.

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Organising Committee

George Watson - Conference Chair, Tay Valley Family History Society
Peter McBride, Tay Valley Family History Society
Helen Kennedy, Tay Valley Family History Society
Murray Nicoll, Tay Valley Family History Society
Debbie Ree, Dundee & Angus Convention Bureau

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