'Researching Scottish Family History' is a detailed introductory guide to those wishing to explore their Caledonian roots. This book is a packed 120 page guide to all areas of Scottish research, with information both on traditional and internet based resources.
The book starts with a basic chapter in getting started, detailing how to get the best out of talking to your relatives, ways and means to record your research and more. The second chapter continues with a guide to the institutional lay of the land, the records repositories that will help with your efforts, including the most detailed guide to the new ScotlandsPeople Centre yet committed to print, as well as various other institutions in both Scotland and England that may help with your research.
The next five chapters provide detailed coverage of the basic statutory, parish, census and probate documents used within Scottish research, as well as an in depth look at the role of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Scottish research. The remainder of the book deals with the unique records connected to Scottish land holdings, occupational research records (including for Scots in the armed forces), the relevance and methods of DNA research, heraldry and tartans, and other useful sources.
Filled with handy tips throughout, the book also provides many useful contextual asides on various aspects of Scottish history relevant to your ancestral pursuit – why are there no bishops' transcripts for Scotland, for example, and how do you prove whether your ancestor really was a Jacobite soldier? Completing the book are handy appendices listing the contact details of all Scottish based county archives, family history societies and comainn eachdraidh, making this an absolute essential for your personal genealogical library.
1. Working from the known to the unknown
2. Knowing where to look
3. Statutory records
4. Parish Records
5. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
6. Censuses and substitutes
7. Wills, inventories and confirmations
8. Where we lived
9. Earning a crust
11. Heraldry and tartans
12. Other sources
Appendix 1. Regional Archives
Appendix 2. Family History Societies in Scotland
"Researching Scottish Family History is a welcome new title from The Family History Partnership. Author Chris Paton... lives and breathes the advice here, with his enthusiasm apparent in the animated tone. At under £8 this is excellent value ... A friendly and informative guide for beginners" - Your Family Tree, May 2010 (issue 90)
"If you have just discovered a Scottish connection in your family tree, then Chris Paton's new book, designed as a beginner's guide, is the one for you. This well illustrated, accessible book not only outlines the basic, perhaps more familiar, sources needed for tracing your Scottish ancestors but also suggests other ways that anyone new to the subject may not have discovered." - Family Tree Monthly, May 2010
"In this consice introductory Scottish research guide, regular DMPS writer Chris Paton successfully covers the absolute basics of Caledonian research, exploring the many sets of records found both online and hidden away deep within the nation's many archives and private collections." - Discover my Past Scotland, May 2010
"An easy read and very user friendly" - Pam Drake, Parish Chest
"As Chris points out in his introduction, '... If you believe the tourist hype, we would all be connected to a clan somewhere ... but the truth doesn't always match the romantic dream. Every family history is different and the research paths we need to take will vary enormously'. Chris describes these paths most efficiently" - Practical Family History, May 2010