I am publishing these as internet allows so sorry for the delay.
Invergordon, Scotland was the port of call today for the 5th Unlock the Past cruise. The weather was absolutely
beautiful with bright blue skies.
There were a number of possible shore excursions including one to Loch Ness
although seeing this sign at an Invergordon Tourist shop I was quite happy with
my planned excursion to the Highland Archives in Inverness.
In my personal
research I don’t have much in the way of Scottish research, my grandfather died
there after a training accident in World War Two. I also have my
great-great-grandmother Elizabeth Hester Carter who died in Edinburgh in 1924.
only found her dying there as a result of my One Name study on Quested. I had
done an extraction of Questeds from the Scottish indexes that i found her listed
under her maiden name of Quested! I later found out that after her husband died
she went up to Scotland to be near her son and also daughter who both ended up
there. If Elizabeth had not been listed under her maiden name I probably would
not have ever found her as I had no reason to look in Scotland and Carter is not
the most uncommon name in the world!
Invergordon is a pretty town and they have done a lot to enhance its
character with these bright paintings around the town.
Marie Dougan and Paul Blake were also among the group that decided to go to
the highland Archives in Inverness and after initially deciding to go by train
we ended up in a taxi and off we went!
After a scenic ride we got to the Archives after passing the best known
second hand book shop in Scotland. Yes, I actually PASSED the bookshop and
although had hoped to get there later ran out of time.
Inside the Archives, Chris Halliday kindly welcomed the group and the
research began. My plan was to look at Scotlands People for the certificates I
could not access online and I had a wonderful day extracting the data for 140 of
the 148 certificates I had listed. So for 15 pounds for the day fee and 29
pounds photocopying and 20 pounds for the transport I received 140 certificates
for my One Name Study! Fantastic value!
We stayed researching until closing time and then back to the ship satisfied
for the day and ready to hear the next lectures.
The below shows the printed certificates (the policy here is to not allow you
to use a USB to download digital copies so printing was the way to go) and I
also had many for which I needed to do transcriptions.