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The Society is funded by Members' Subscriptions and whilst this covers the day-to-day running costs (property rent, utility bills, journal printing, etc.), it is insufficient to fund larger projects.  In order to serve our members more effectively, we have identified several areas where much needed improvement is required.  We have therefore embarked on an ambitious appeal, and we need your help!  

If you wish to go right to our fundraising page to donate online, please click one of the buttons below:  

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 The Granite Roots Appeal

 

IT System: Our current IT system has developed over the course of many years in what could be described as a "patchwork" fashion.  It is becoming more and more difficult to maintain, partly because the aged and ailing computers in the Research Room struggle to run the demanding applications of today.  The different systems and software need to be developed in an integrated fashion.

 

Research Room Upgrade: Our Research Room is the 'heart' of the Society. It is where Members and visitors can get online, access numerous databases and spend time researching their roots.  However, the room needs upgraded with new furniture to create a better working environment for everyone, and to incorporate more advanced equipment, such as digital microfilm readers.

 

Provide Disabled Toilet and Lift: We would like to improve the working facilities for everyone using our Research Centre, and above all, we want to bring them up to modern standards in terms of access for the disabled.

 

 

The Plan  

 

We would like to reach out to our members all over the world, and to other descendants of families from north-east Scotland, to help them to make more and better use of the resources and assistance that we can offer.

 

The Granite Roots Appeal is ambitious, but it is necessary to create a Society fit for the 21st century.

 

With our fortieth anniversary approaching in 2018, this appeal is key to creating an updated, modern and accessible Research Centre, fully equipped to serve members and visitors now and in the future.

 

 

How You Can Help

 

The cost of replacing and updating our computer systems, and modernising the Research Centre, will be considerable.  As well as paying for new equpiment and the construction work, we will need professional advice to help with the design of the systems and building and to oversee the work.

 

We estimate the cost of these improvements will be in excess of £100,000. This level of expenditure cannot be covered by members' annual subscriptions or from the Society's small financial reserves.

 

We believe that you will recognise the benefits of what we propose to do, and hope that you give generously to our Granite Roots Appeal.

                               

 

To Donate Online:

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 Please visit The Society's page on MyDonate in order to make a donation or click one of the buttons below.

 

 

 

 
 

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