Helpful suggestions for Family History Research and building your Family Tree. All  our research, including breaking through brick walls, has given us a good grounding in genealogy research tools and helpful knowledge we like to share with others.

Ancestors in Tay Valley?

If you have ancestors in the Tay Valley area – Dundee, Angus (formerly Forfarshire), Perthshire, Fife and part of Kincardineshire – or even beyond, then we would be happy to help you to plan your visit to get the maximum information in the time you are here.

On booking, let us know how much you already know of your genealogy – names you are researching, occupations, area where your ancestors lived,  and finally, what you hope to find out or see during your visit.

We love to hear your stories and can perhaps suggest the best way forward.  We enjoy spending time with you in the evening hearing of your discoveries, and helping you plan the next day’s genealogy hunt!

Our in house genealogy resources:-

  • An extensive collection of appropriate books
  • 1881 census disks
  • Old maps of the area
  • Computer and Wi-Fi access
  • Card reader

Useful family research sites.

Dundee Archives

Angus Archives

Dundee University Archives

Ninewells Hospital Medical Library

Digitised records

Museums – McManus – model of old Dundee and artefacts from work places and homes of the past

Glamis Folk museum – how country folk lived and worked

Verdant Works – memories of the jute trade – main occupation of Dundee folk in 19th Century

RRS Discovery and HMS Unicorn  – the conditions your sea faring ancestors experienced.

Bespoke genealogy tours.

Uneasy about driving?  Look at the bespoke tours offered below by knowledgeable guides and make the most of your time here at Duntrune House.  They can even bring you to us direct from airport or railway station.

Strachan Tours, Your Scotland Tours

Our genealogy research began around 1999.  There had been a hint that Barrie had some connection with Sir James Barrie, the Kirriemuir born author of Peter Pan.  As his parents were both born in Kirriemuir, there was a possibility that we might find something exciting.  And so it proved.  His great grandfather was a second cousin of JM.  All right, it is a fairly tenuous connection but…..

Since then, we have continued the never-ending research and Barrie has now managed to connect many other families to JM.  One of the happy coincidences was that one of our guests researching her ancestors showed us her family tree and there at the top was her common ancestor with Barrie and JM.

JM Barrie's family graves

JM Barrie’s family graves

Plaque at JM Barrie's gravestone

Plaque at JM Barrie’s gravestone





My family has no illustrious entries but as my ancestors were fishing folk from Broughty Ferry, I have many connections still here and indeed recently, I have been in correspondence with another researcher with whom I have a common ancestor.  Between us, we can link together many other present day Broughty Ferry residents.

Olwyn's ancestors at Broughty Ferry beach

Olwyn’s ancestors at Broughty Ferry beach