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The end of the great war

This month, Ken Nisbet shares his top tips for using medical registers and directories to research ancestors who used the services of a hospital or doctor

2018 has seen the 100th anniversary of the great flu / influenza pandemic, which killed millions at the end of the great war and also continued into 1919 and 1920. Local newspapers reported on the impact of the pandemic, with schools and cinemas being closed and local medical services being in some cases overwhelmed. For details of doctors in practice during that period, information can be gleaned from the medical registers (1859-1959) and medical directories (1845-1952), these can be found on Ancestry. com. They can also be useful if a doctor is mentioned on your relative’s death certificate.

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Explore centuries of history and archaeology in the first History Scotland issue of 2019. Inside you’ll find history, archaeology, genealogy and heritage from some of the country’s top experts. Top reasons to read this issue: • Discover the tough reality of life as a Dundee whaler – and why the city’s female population was crucial to the success of the whaling industry • Read about Mary of Guelders – the Stewart queen who used her European connections to succeed in her royal role • See amazing images from the restoration of Monteath Mausoleum • Discover history events around the country during the winter months • Explore a new project to discover what we know – and have yet to discover – about the uses of gold in prehistoric Scotland