From the Declaration of Arbroath to the peak of Dundee’s jute industry, the region’s heritage proves a fascinating subject to explore.
The historical city of Dundee is a great place to begin researching your family history, boasting excellent genealogical facilities including the Dundee City Archives in City Square and the Family History Centre in the Wellgate Shopping Centre. The Tay Family History Society on Princes Street welcomes ancestry enquires on Dundee & Angus, the Kingdom of Fife and Perthshire.
Dundee boasts a renowned industrial history, with many locals making their living by working in the prosperous jute industry. Learn about the social history of your ancestors by visiting the Verdant Works, a former jute mill which is now museum.
Continue your ancestral journey and discover if you have connections with Angus, regarded by many as ‘Scotland’s Birthplace’ because of the connection between Arbroath Abbey and the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320. Local history research material can be found at Arbroath Signal Tower Museum, and the Angus Archives includes archives for Arbroath, Brechin, Carnoustie, Forfar, Kirriemuir, Montrose and Monifieth.
Burial grounds can provide useful sources of information and a real sense of connection when exploring your roots. Take a Historical Kirkyard Trail to see the final resting places of your ancestors.
To help plan and make the most of your ancestry holiday in Dundee & Angus, visit the Tayroots website for useful information on researching your family history.