Friday, January 18, 2008

Scottish social history journal 1851-1931

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at Ancestry. All inquiries should be addressed to .


Scots can now tap into nearly a century of local history with the online launch by of the Dunfermline Journal Collection, 1851-1931.

Articles digitised from millions of pages of Dunfermline’s oldest newspaper will allow family history researchers to delve into the history of the area at the touch of a button.

The collection consists of more than 45,000 quality images digitised from the newspaper’s long history and dating from 1851 to 1931.

The result is a collection rich with details of births, deaths, retirals, wedding anniversaries, personal achievements and personal tragedies, as well as a wealth of information on historical events, probate and legal notices, business advertisements and local news.

Historical events of note include the death of Dunfermline’s most famous resident, industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1919, whose legacy lives on in the town at Carnegie Hall and the Carnegie Birthplace museum.

The journal also closely reports major events in the history of local team Dunfermline FC, from it’s founding in 1874 to the historic 1910/11 season when Dunfermline won both the Fife cup and the Scottish League.

Users can search the collection by date and edition and browse selected articles that appear across the century, opening up a wealth of local history. It will also help family history researchers to track down individuals whose names have made the papers, and provide crucial details of the life and times of many local residents.

The collection follows the launch in recent months of the Perth & Fife Newspaper Index cards, which provide further detail on news and historical events across the county, offering Scots a unique opportunity to research their origins. Managing Director Simon Harper comments: “Newspapers contain a vast wealth of information, with many details not found in official records. This collection is a great resource for anyone with a connection to Dunfermline and is delighted to be able to offer Scottish history enthusiasts online access to it in order to preserve the stories behind the town for generations to come.”


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