Our members’ meetings are held monthly, presented over Zoom.


GWSFHS holds zoom meetings for members regularly to hear about and discuss the varied aspects of family history and allied topics

The quality of the speakers and the wide-ranging interest of their subjects are indicated by well attended meetings, which are usually held on the third Monday of each month, September to May inclusive. Informal meetings are also held occasionally for small groups at our Research Centre, and the presentations are often written up in the Journal or in e-News

Forthcoming Events

ANESFHS Glasgow Group Members’ Day

ANESFHS Glasgow Group, Members’ Day – Family history in samplers and other textiles.
The ANESFHS Glasgow Group invites GWSFHS members to attend this meeting.

A Different Class of Lunatic – Catriona Haine

In this webinar, professional genealogist Catriona Haine will share her research into the pauper patients who were removed from the Glasgow Royal Asylum (Gartnavel) in the late 19th century. Her research included both asylum and poor law history in Scotland and what happened to the pauper patients at Gartnavel, along with case studies on individual patients and how different things turned out for them.

Glasgow Witch Trials – Lorraine Murray

Inverclyde archivist Lorraine Murray will talk the history of the Glasgow Witch Trials, a time when people became victims of an hysteria which was fuelled by fear of the occult and the devil. She will also talk about the people who were denounced during these witch-hunts. Click here to register for the Zoom link

Researching British POWs in WWI – Chris Paton

Whilst many of our ancestors fought, and in some cases, died during the First World War, there was another group of people deeply affected by the conflict on the civilian front. Thousands of British and British Empire civilians, present in Europe when war was declared against Germany, were rounded up and interned at a hastily […]

Tales from Glasgow & The West of Scotland – Graeme Johncock

Sit back and enjoy some fascinating tales from the West of Scotland, shared by Scotland’s Storyteller, Graeme Johncock. Graeme is the writer and storyteller behind Scotland’s Stories, sharing the traditional folklore and legends that make Scotland truly incredible. Click here to register for the Zoom link

Trades House and Trades Hall Digital Library – Craig R Bryce

The Trades House Digital Library holds a vast amount of information that may be of interest to genealogists. The talk in January will cover strategies that can be involved in researching people who may have been members of an Incorporation. The plan is to include the less well off as well as the famous, those receiving pensions or bursaries left behind a great deal of information which puts the meat on the bones of ancestors.

The Irish Workhouse and Finding Your Poor Irish Ancestors – Natalie Bodle

The Irish Workhouse was a hated and feared institution and following the partition of Ireland in 1921 the newly formed Free State closed them down although they remained in existence in Northern Ireland until the 1940’s. Following the introduction of the Poor Law in Ireland in 1838, workhouses were built throughout Ireland and then in […]

Historic Towns Trust – John Moore

The Historic Towns Trust is a charity which investigates the histories of towns in England, Scotland, and Wales, and communicates this through the publication of atlases and maps, and through educational and outreach activities.

The Register of Deeds – Fergus Smith

In this talk, professional genealogist Fergus Smith will talk about the Register of Deeds, the various types of Deeds and the genealogically significant information contained within the various deeds. Fergus Smith Historical data geek, professional genealogist, systems designer, ex translator/antiquarian book dealer. Accidental legal historian. Old Scottish Genealogy & Family History Click here to register […]