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Useful Additional Sources for Local History in Strathard

    The purpose of the web site is to focus on and share many aspects of the history of Strathard. At the heart of this is the place and its people. There are a number of sources of information and help available to assist you in your local history and family research. If you want to add further to some history of the area the Kinlochard Village web site has an excellent section called “Memories of Kinlochard”.

    On the same web site, the history of Kinlochard and its local environment is also available

    On Facebook the page “Aberfoyle Past and Present “is a very useful resource. As well as regular posting of photographs you can also seek information and help. Also, on Facebook you will find the Loch Ard Local History Group page which is mainly used to post details of forthcoming events.

    Another useful local resource is the team at the Visit Scotland Aberfoyle iCentre. They have a wide range of books and maps for sale and also have a collection book where they have amassed a wide range of articles about the area.

    If you want to research further about the area its worth making contact with Stirling Council Archives as follows:

    By Email: archive@stirling.gov.uk

    By Post: Stirling Council Archives, 5 Borrowmeadow Road, Springkerse Estate, Stirling FK7 7UW

    By Phone:  01786 450745

    Prior to 1974 much of the area was part of Perthshire County Council so contact with the archive service in Perth may be worthwhile.

    Perth & Kinross Archive
    A K Bell Library
    York Place
    Perth,  PH2 8EP
    Scotland

    Tel: +44 (0)1738 477022
    Fax: +44 (0)1738 477010
    Email: archives@culturepk.org.uk

    Another useful resource is the Directory of the Scottish Local History Forum . The Directory provides details of Scottish local history Resources and the Organisations which hold them.

    An important site for most research here in Scotland is called Scotland’s People. It offers everything including census, deaths, births and marriages as well as records from the Aberfoyle Old Kirk Session minutes from 1740 to 1892. Whilst you can view many of the items on this site you need to register to create an account and will have to pay to access some records. This is done by purchasing credits but be careful not to get carried away as the cost can soon add up. Please be aware that there may be copyright restrictions on some material.

    Maps are often a very useful resource and we are fortunate that in Scotland a large number are available to view on the National Library of Scotland website. This is an extensive site and its often updated. Most of the maps are freely available so long as you quote the reference and origins. If in doubt about copyright please check with the National Library of Scotland.

    Also there is a film archive which includes footage of the Strathard area going back as far as the 1930s. Some of these clips can be viewed online.

    There are several other organisations depending upon your area of interest but local archive services are often the best starting point as they can save you many hours of time! They are experienced in dealing with a wide range of requests and often offer advice for free although you may generate fees if you require extensive research undertaken on your behalf.

    The Central Scotland Family History Society is a charity run by group of volunteers who have a passion for everything relating to family history. They are always worth contacting for information about researching family history in the area.

    Historic Environment Records

    Information about historic buildings and archaeological sites and monuments pertaining to Strathard is held in a Scotland-wide database called Canmore (maintained by Historic Environment Scotland) and in a Local Authority Historic Environment Record maintained by WoSAS.