I have spent the last few days undertaking research locally – in Edinburgh and Falkirk.
The Falkirk research is on behalf of a client whose ancestors lived in Bo’ness at the beginning of the 20th century. I began my research at Scotlands People Centre in Edinburgh where I was able to consult relevant census, birth, marriage and death records. Based on this information, I then went next door to the National Archives to examine valuation rolls for the relevant addresses and also searched for any wills relating to the family.
There were no wills, and this may be the reason why there were some arguments reported within the family! If you don’t want this to happen to your family – make sure you have a will! A colleague of mine - from Saltire Wills, always stresses the importance of having a well drawn-up will prepared. Might have saved some angst in this family at the time!
Back to Falkirk archives which is based in the beautiful surrondings of Callendar House pictured above – in the old library. Here I found useful background information, including a plan of the house built for my client’s ancestor and some fascinating information from the school log book of the time. There were also some great old photographs and loads of other useful information. The staff were really helpful, and it was a great experience there.