Discover your North-east roots at family history event

An exterior view of Haddo House in Summer 2008
An exterior view of Haddo House in Summer 2008

A major family and local history event is taking place this weekend at Haddo House and Country Park to celebrate the heritage and culture of North-east Scotland.

Hosted by the National Trust for Scotland and supported by Aberdeenshire Council, ‘Routes to Your North Roots’ kicked off on Friday, August 8, at with an opening reception in the library at Haddo House.

Guest speakers Professor Marjory Harper from Aberdeen University and author and broadcaster Jim Naughtie will speak on the subject of emigration and recall their roots in north-east Scotland.

On both Saturday, August 9, and Sunday, August 10, a diverse range of registrars, family history societies and local heritage groups from across the region will converge on the main hall at Haddo for a heritage fair.

Representatives from national organisations including the National Records of Scotland and Scotland’s People will be on hand to provide advice and guidance on tracing your ancestry.

An accompanying programme of talks from guest speakers will take place in the library of Haddo House covering topics from whaling and railways to church records and the lives of soldiers and their families in World War One.

A lively programme of traditional music will also feature with performers including the Ythan Fiddlers, Kintore Pipe Band, the Spiers Family and the Buchan Heritage Players.

Accompanying this feast for the ears will be the opportunity to enliven your tastebuds by sampling locally produced food and drink.

Representatives from Garioch Distillery, Formartine’s, Huntly Herbs, Ola Oils and J.G. Ross amongst others will be attending and Chris Tonner of Aberdeen’s Adelphi Kitchen will be firing up the barbecue and offering delicious, charcoal-cooked, locally-sourced meat.

Free guided tours of Haddo House will be available and rangers will be providing tours of the beautiful Country Park. Mud Pie Adventures will also be there to ensure something for the kids and the magic of a story teller will capture their imagination.

Maureen Shearer, Secretary of Routes to Your North East Roots said: “With so many organisations involved, this is a brilliant opportunity to find out more about your local history and ancestry in beautiful surroundings while at the same time soaking up some of the traditional music, song and best local produce that the region has to offer.”

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