Ever wondered where your family came from and if there were any colourful characters among your ancestors? Now you can find out by tracing your roots at a special roadshow in East Calder Library.
Members of the community are invited to the free event, hosted by West Lothian Family History Society, where they will receive friendly advice on how to get started, or how to solve family history problems.
Rhona Gordon, membership secretary at West Lothian Family History Society, told s1eastcalder: “It’s a roadshow and you can come along to find out how to trace your family history and there will be members of the West Lothian Family History Society there.
“We have our own volunteers who are trained in tracing family history. There will be a short Powerpoint show about where to get information and then we will be looking at the Scotlands People website.”
Rhona advised that anyone wishing to find anything about their family history should come prepared. She added: “People have to bring some sort of information about their grandparents, for instance a marriage certificate.
“Because of the Data Protection Act, there are limits to what you can look at within the last 100 years. As long as the certificate is over 75 years old, we can look at it and work out who their parents are from that. Unless they’ve got the certificate we won’t be able to see that.
"Bring as much information about parents and grandparents as you can and any other information you’ve already found”
West Lothian Family History Society’s roadshow will be in East Calder Library from 10am-12pm on Saturday, May 5. Free teas and coffees will be available. For further information, contact Sybil Cavanagh at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01506 282491. To apply to join West Lothian Family History Society, click here.