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01 June 2022

Dear Member,

It was lovely to see so many of you at our AGM, the first face to face meeting of the Society in over two years. Thank you for your continued support.

There were no changes to any Office Bearers or Committee so Stephen Martin will continue as Chairperson.

The meeting was the first opportunity to bestow Honorary Membership on two of our longest serving members, Sarah Goldie and Fiona Ferguson. The first meeting of the Society was held on 15 March 1988 with 40 people in attendance, Sarah is membership number 2 and Fiona membership number 40. All our thanks go to them for all the work they have done over the years.

Our next season starts in September and I have booked the Community Room in Largs Library and have started searching for speakers. Any suggestions on speaker or topic would be much appreciated.

We are hoping to produce a Journal in August so if you have a story you would like to share Ann Tyler would be delighted to hear from you! Ann can be contacted at anndtyler@gmail.com

Best Wishes, Fiona Williamson (Secretary)

26 April 2022

Dear Member,

I hope you are staying safe and well.

The Society will hold it's Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 10th May 2022. This event will take place in the Clark Memorial Church Hall at 7:30pm. Last years AGM was held on Zoom therefore it will be nice to meet face to face once again. Although the AGM marks the end of our 2021-22 season, I am hoping this can be a wonderful evening where we can enjoy some chat and refreshments after the business part of the meeting is over.

Look forward to seeing there.

Best Wishes, Fiona Williamson (Secretary)

18 March 2022

Dear Member,

I hope you are staying safe and well.

On Monday 28th February we held a workshop in Largs Museum from 2:00 pm till 3:30 pm. This was the first time we had been able to meet together face to face and many family history stories were discussed ! Our next workshop will be held on Monday 28th March in Largs Museum from 2:00 pm till 3:30. Please come along if you would like some advice about researching your family tree.

The Dunn Memorial Hall is booked for Afternoon Tea in April and the Clark Memorial for the AGM.

Please check the Meetings Page for Dates, Subject of Talk and Speakers.

Look forward to seeing you soon.

Best Wishes, Fiona Williamson (Secretary)

22 January 2022

Dear Member,

I hope you are staying safe and well.

Apparently Largs Museum does not have Wifi yet so we would not be able to use computers to look up Scotlands People or Ancestry at a work shop in January. We have therefore had to cancel this months workshop, but perhaps we can meet there in February.

I have found speakers for the remaining meetings and the Dunn Memorial Hall is booked for Afternoon Tea in April and the Clark Memorial for the AGM.

Please check the Meetings Page for Dates, Subject of Talk and Speakers.

Look forward to seeing you soon.

Best Wishes, Fiona Williamson (Secretary)

13th December 2021

Dear Member,

I hope you are staying safe and well.

We have updated our meetings for 2022.

Please check the Meetings Page for Dates, Subject of Talk and Speakers.

Unfortunately, COVID continues to dominate our lives and we think it best to continue with Zoom meetings on Tuesday evenings at the moment.

We are hoping that we will be able to hold some workshops, possibly in Largs Museum, on Thursday afternoons. The library is currently only allowing a maximum of six people in the Community Room so that is not an option at the moment.

We are also hoping that we will be able to have an Afternoon Tea, as a fund-raising event, in April and have our AGM in Clark Memorial Hall in May.

I look forward to being able to meet up together again at these events!

Wishing you all a Safe Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year,

Best Wishes, Fiona Williamson (Secretary)

12th August 2021

Dear Member,

I hope you are staying safe and well

Due to the current restrictions we have been unable to hold any meetings, workshops and visits. It is hoped that in the coming months that the situation will ease and we will be able to get back to some sort of normality.

Until then, all meetings will be held on Tuesday evenings starting at 7.30pm on Zoom.

Details of Zoom Meeting Number will be emailed to all members just prior to the meetings.

Please check the Meetings Page for Dates, Subject of Talk and Speakers

With best wishes, Fiona Williamson (Secretary)

11th July 2021

Dear Member,

I hope you are staying safe and well and enjoying this gorgeous weather?

It was lovely to see so many of you at our AGM on zoom. Thankyou for your continued support. The main change at the AGM was Ann Gregory's decision to step down as secretary of NAFHS, although she is remaining on the committee next year. I have been a member of the society for 15 years and Ann has been the secretary for the entire time, whereas there have been several different chairpersons in that same period of time.

I have agreed to take over as secretary and will continue to send you emails with information about meetings etc. Stephen Martin will take over as Chairperson and Anne Hind has agreed to join the committee.

We are not sure when we will be able to meet together safely so we are planning to organise some meetings on zoom starting in September.

We are hoping to produce a Journal in August so if you have a story you would like to share Ann Tyler would be delighted to hear from you! Ann can be contacted at anndtyler@gmail.com

With best wishes, Fiona Williamson

18th April 2021

The 31st Annual Scottish Association of Family History Societies (SAFHS) Conference took place on Saturday 17th April 2021. This was an online event with over 400 people from all corners of the world listening in. If you missed it all the talks are currently available on YouTube (link below) for the next week.

SAFHS 2021 Conference

19th March 2021

Dear Member

I hope that you are staying healthy and enjoying the lovely weather?

I am attaching information about the speakers and topics at the SAFHS 2021 conference in April. I remember telling you that I was hoping to attend the SAFHS Conference for the first time last year but of course I made that comment before the Coronavirus pandemic and therefore the conference did not take place!

Their Press Release with details of the conference and links to their Facebook, Twitter and Webpage are here SAFHS Press Release

Details of the Morning Session are here SAFHS Morning Session

Details of the Afternoon Session are here SAFHS Afternoon Session

I saw that Robert Cathcart from Skelmorie has produced a brand new book 'A Timeline of a Coastline'. I bought a copy on Amazon and it has a whole lot of information about Fairlie, Largs, Skelmorlie, Inverkip and Wemyss Bay. It is the sort of book you can dip in and out of so it might be of interest to some of you.

I have also been informed that Kirk Session Records are now available on Scotland's People. I haven't tried to access them myself but if you manage to do so successfully please let me know how you get on.

I hope that you enjoyed our spring edition of NAFHS Journal? If you did not receive your copy please contact Anne Cowgill at anne_cowgill@yahoo.co.uk

With best wishes, Fiona Williamson

2nd February 2021

Dear Member

I hope you are safe and well.

A date for your diary.

The 31st Scottish Association of Family History Societies (SAFHS) Conference, postponed from last year, will now Go Digital on 17th April 2021.

The Conference will be streamed live on Zoom and Facebook. It is free and open to everyone.

Their Press Release with details of the conference and links to their Facebook, Twitter and Webpage are here SAFHS Press Release

With best wishes to you all

Fiona Williamson (Chairperson)

4th January 2021

Dear Member

I hope you are safe and well. This is just an update from NAFHS to let you know about our current situation.

CURRENT COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS (SCOTLAND)

Due to the current restrictions we have been unable to hold any meetings, workshops and visits. It is hoped that in the coming months that the situation will ease and we will be able to get back to some sort of normality. We have scheduled meetings and the AGM for April and May but these will only take place if restrictions are lifted and it is safe to do so.

We will contact all memebers when the situation does changes.

Until then please stay safe.

With best wishes to you all

Fiona Williamson (Chairperson)

30th June 2020

Dear Member

I hope you are safe and well. This is just an update from NAFHS to let you know about our current situation.

AGM

Our AGM scheduled for May had to be postponed because of the Covid virus. Luckily we had a committee meeting just before the 'lockdown' and all our committee members agreed to stay on the committee in their present positions. I am very grateful for their support!

MEETINGS

Ann Gregory has done a fantastic job organising potential speakers for Session 2020/2021. With social distancing regulation we will probably not be able to hold meetings for a while but I will contact you again once we are able to do so.

FUNDRAISING

Our annual Coffee Morning schedule for November will probably have to be postponed until spring.

NEWSLETTER

We are planning to send out our Journal as usual at the end of August. Ann Tyler has already started to collect articles and would really appreciate it if you would like to write up a short family story for the Journal. Please send any contributions to Ann at anndtyler@gmail.com

With best wishes to you all

Fiona Williamson (Chairperson)