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Ancestral and Heritage Events in 2009 at a glance

You may be planning to come home to Scotland to research your family history, or your attachment to Scotland may be emotional rather than simply genetic. Whatever your relationship, 2009 is the year to visit with some 300 festivals and events signed up to participate in Scotland’s year of Homecoming!

Within the packed programme, there’s a wealth of ancestral-related events ranging from clan gatherings to heritage themes and explorations of how Scots abroad have shaped their countries and communities.  Read on for a wee taste......

This is Who We Are
Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dumfries, Jan 24 – Nov 2009
This photographic exhibition demonstrates the strong influence of Scots abroad when they travelled and named 1000 Canadian towns after their homeland.

Famous Scots
Edinburgh, Jan 26 – Dec 31
In 2009, a series of exhibitions will illustrate the results of genealogical research into the family histories of six famous living Scots. More info...

Scottish Tides Polish Spring
Perth, February 1 – April 30
Celebrate the comings and goings of Scots and Poles through the centuries through theatre, music and visual art. More info...

The Scottish Family History Fair and SAFHS Conference

Aberdeen, April 25
This event will appeal to anyone interested in their Scottish roots, whether they are experienced genealogists or have yet to start researching their family history. More info...

Meet Your Ancestors in Clackmannanshire
throughout Clackmannanshire, June 1 – Nov 30 (TBC)
Discover your roots and meet some of the people who helped to shape Clackmannanshire. More info...

Return to the Ridings
Scottish Borders, June 1 – 8 August
Homecoming year extends the invitation to Border Scots throughout the world to return to their Ridings. More info...

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor. Routes to your Scottish Roots
Stirling, Jun 19 - 21
A family history conference that focuses on Stirling records and sources but which contains information and tips that could equally be applicable anywhere in the world. More info...

A Home Away from Home: The Scottish Emigration Experience

Edinburgh, Jun 26 – Oct 11
Follow the experiences of the ordinary Scots who over the centuries left their homeland to find a better life abroad. More info...

Dumfries Family History Homecoming Fair
Dumfries, June 27
Exploring local heritage with a day of stalls, heritage groups, talks and a local library and archive service. More info...

North East Clan Fortnight
Aberdeen City and Shire, July18 – August 3
A unique programme of Homecoming celebrations in the North East, including conferences and clan gatherings. More info...

International Genealogy Festival
Glasgow, July 21 - 24
A celebration of Scots Genealogy, Family History and Heraldry with a major exhibition, lectures, historic walks and visits and much more! More info...

The Gathering 2009
Edinburgh, July 25 - 26
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The Scottish Diaspora Forum
Edinburgh, July 25
The first Scottish Diaspora Forum, held in the Scottish Parliament, will explore the rich potential of the global Scots family. More info...

The Clan Ross Gathering
Tain, 12 – 13 August
Rosses from home and abroad are invited to meet with Chief David Ross of Ross and Balnagown and immerse themselves in the culture and heritage of Ross. More info...

Island Emigrants – Conference on Emigration from the Outer Hebrides
Isle of Harris, 10 – 12 September
Meet with islanders and descendants of emigrants from the Hebrides to all parts of the world over the last 250 years. More info...

Clan Scott Society Gathering
Scottish Borders, 24 – 27 September
The first ever international gathering of Clan Scott at its ancestral home, Bowhill, in the Scottish Borders. More info...

Angus and Dundee Roots Festival
Angus and Dundee, 26 September – 5 October
A packed programme for people whose ancestors came from Angus and Dundee to visit and find out more about their ancestral homeland. More info...

Baxters Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running
Loch Ness, 4 October
As part of Homecoming Scotland 2009 the Marathon and Festival of Running is introducing a Clan Challenge. For more details, contact Rachel Phillips. More info...

Highland Homecoming – ur beatha dhan dùthaich!
Inverness, 15 – 31 October 2009
One of the highlights of the Highlands' contribution to the Homecoming Scotland celebrations takes the form of a fortnight-long series of events that will explore and celebrate the way Scots have shaped countries and communities around the world.

A major event of Highland Homecoming is ‘Scotland's Global Impact’, a three-day conference to be held in Inverness between 22-4 October 2009 that will bring together prominent academics, historians and other experts to throw new light on the impact of movement to and from our country.

Appealing to anyone with an interest in Scottish ancestry and the global role Scots have played in shaping our world, the conference themes include a focus on early migration patterns to and from Scotland, as well as assessing the trends in contemporary population movement; examining our ancestors’ desire to travel from Scotland to North America, Australia, New Zealand and beyond; and looking at the role of the Scots in the military at home and abroad from the 17th to 19th centuries.

Hear about the peoples who made Scotland, and contrast this with our current migration patterns. Discover the connected lives and legends of Abraham Lincoln and Robert Burns. Explore the long distance relationships Scotland holds with New Zealand and Australia. And hear how Scottish soldiers have contributed to campaigns both fighting for their own territory and for that of their allies. Visit now to find out more and to register your interest.

Featuring speakers including Professor Ted Cowan, Professor Tom Devine, Professor Jim Hunter, Professor John Mackenzie and Dr Tony Pollard. More info...