First Minister Alex Salmond has encouraged Scots to trace their roots with the opening of a genealogical research centre. The Burns Monument Centre in Kilmarnock is home to extensive family and history archives and literature.
It is hoped the newly remodeled Burns Monument Centre in Kilmarnock will make it easier for people to trace their family tree. The facility has had a £5m facelift and now brings together an archive centre, registration service, local and family history under one roof.
It is hoped the £5 million project will boost local tourism by attracting Scots living overseas who are keen to trace their family tree.