Family History

Group Leader                John Wotherspoon, Telephone: 01292 260056
Location Carnegie Library
Day & Time 2nd Monday of each month 2.00 - 3.30 pm


Our next meeting is on Monday 14 May 2018 and all are welcome to attend.
The meeting will be held in the Scottish and Local History Library on the first floor of the Carnegie Library
NOT in the Meeting Room opposite


The OiR Family History Course is held in the Meeting Room in the Carnegie Library on an irregular basis.

This is an informal class where members meet and pass on helpful tips and experience with each other. They also look at various sources and discuss how these can help with their research.

For those wishing to investigate and build their family tree this is the group for them.

Get advice on getting started and explore census data held in the library or go online and explore births, deaths and marriage records.

December 2013  - A new online source is now available on South Ayrshire Council's (SAC’s) web site where details of births, deaths and marriages from 1803 to 1835 can be viewed.

The service provides, at a small cost, an online index to family history data and is a joint effort by SAC and OiR, Ayr.

In 1991, the Family History group of OiR, Ayr held their first meeting in Carnegie Library and afterwards the group began a project to index birth, marriage and death notices. In 1855 compulsory civil registration was introduced in Scotland, however, surviving records from before 1855 can have many gaps. These gaps can often be filled
by notices in local newspapers.

OiR Ayr member, Robert Laird, together with the late Bill Reid, have been the driving force behind the project.

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