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Those of you who have Scottish ancestry may be interested to know that two more Scottish related databases have been added to the collection.

These are – Scotland, National Probate Index (Calendar of Confirmations and Inventories) 1876-1936 and Perth and Kinross, Scotland, Electoral Registers
1832-1961.  This is the first time that the confirmations and inventories have been made available other than on the Scotlands People website; however, you will need to visit Scotlands People site for wills prior to 1876.

So, what can you expect to find on these databases?

Calendar of Confirmations and Inventories – this can be browsed by year but if looking for a particular person/family use the search box.  As with other searches you can search using a surname only, Christian (first) name only and the wild cards are also available.  You do not need to enter a date of death, place of death etc but may do so if you want to reduce your number of “hits” (start with less detail and add to it as necessary).  The results page will give you a list of names of deceased, death date and place and confirmation date.  By clicking “View Record” you will get the place of Confirmation.  The best part is when you click on “View Images”, this gives you the following – name of deceased, occupation (mainly only men), address, date and place of death, whether testate or intestate (will or not), when and where Confirmation granted, names and addresses of executors, date of will and any codicils, date recorded in Court Books (if applicable) and lastly value of the estate.

An extract from the Calendar of Confirmations and Inventories on Ancestry

If you want a copy of the confirmation, inventory and/or will you will need to use the Scotlands People website.  You register (free) and then go to the index on their site and click on the button attached to your entry of interest.  A small fee is charged and you will receive a digitised copy of the documents.  Apart from the will, inventories can be very informative some more detailed than others but you will get some idea of household goods, bank accounts, debtors/creditors etc.  Do check these indexes for Scots dying outside of Scotland as well as if they had property in Scotland then probate would have also been granted in Scotland.

There is a guide to Scottish wills on both the Scotlands People and National Records of Scotland websites – these give detailed explanations of the process of probate.

Name:Angus Macleod
County:Perth and Kinross
Division or Location:Perth Division
Place of Abode:Ferguslca, Hay Street
An extract from the Perth and Kinross, Scotland, Electoral Registers 1832-1961 on Ancestry

Perth and Kinross, Scotland, Electoral Registers 1832-1961 – this collection can be searched by county (Kinross, Perth or Perth and Kinross).  Otherwise use the search box as described above. Electoral rolls from 1920 onwards appear to only give the name of the person, address and electoral district.  However, the earlier rolls give the following – electorate, name of voter, address, occupation, qualification to vote eg occupant of house, proprietor of house and shop etc, where property is situated.

Having these available will be a great advantage for research in Scotland especially if you are unable to visit Scotland yourself.

Marie Hickey

Sentimental Sunday: 100 Years of History and Schooling in Okoroire District 1914-2014

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This school history was recently received in the Central Auckland Research Centre for our Family History material collection.  It can be found at the shelf mark of 2 NZL SCH WKT.  The book is A4 in size and comprises 108 pages; the back cover has a current colour map of the district on which is marked properties with the name of the (presumably) current owner/occupant.

There are short articles relating to both local history and short family histories accompanied with photographs.  Photographs of ex-pupils attending the reunion have been included as have listings of the school rolls covering the 100 years.  As there was an amalgamation, there is also detail of Tapapa and Kurinui Schools.  Amongst the lists there is a Roll of Honour for World War II, teachers, chairpersons and secretaries.

This book will be of interest to anyone who has links to the area.

This is not the only school history in our collection so do check the catalogue to find out what we may have for your area interest.

Marie Hickey 

Travel Tuesday: 150th Commemoration of the Arrival of the S.S. Viola, Waikato Immigration Scheme

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A new title into the Central Auckland Research Centre recently is a book written to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Waikato Immigration Scheme 1864-1865.

The book was published by the Clevedon and Districts Historical Society to coincide with the arrival of the Viola settlers, part of the Waikato Immigration Scheme.

Showing a stereoscopic view through trees of
All Souls Church, Clevedon

Heritage Images, Sir George Grey Special Collections,
Auckland Libraries, 4-8640

Title: 150th Commemoration of the Arrival of the S.S. Viola in April 1865, 29th March 2015: Commemorative Booklet
Author: Clevedon and Districts Historical Society
Subjects: Viola (Ship), Ships, Auckland, Passenger lists, Immigrants, Genealogy, Clevedon, History
Location: 2 NZL IMM AKD

Abstract from the book:

“In April 1865 a shipload of mainly Lowland Scots arrived in ignorance and hope into the depressed province of Auckland and into the depleted community of the Wairoa. They had come, recruited in advance before confiscation was even finalised, as part of the Northern Waikato Immigration Scheme. Under this scheme, two main inducements were offered to labourers and mechanics. The first was a free passage to Auckland, and free transport from Auckland to the settlement for every settler and his family. The second was free land to be surveyed at Government expense. A quarter or half-acre town grant would be given, plus a ten-acre suburban or rural grant. The immigrants were not allowed to absent themselves from the allotment and were to repay half their passage money in three years. The Viola was one of the last ships to arrive under this scheme,” – ‘Clevedon Sustainable Development Plan Project: European Historical Assessment’, p 36.

In the Research Centre, this book is reference only - but do look in our catalogue to find a borrowable near you

Happy hunting