The Family Tree Scottish Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Ancestors in Scotland

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 228 pages
Author: A. Epperson
Year: 2018
ISBN: 9781440354151
Other: b&w photos, maps, appendixes, index
Publisher: Family Tree Books

You take the high road, and I'll take the low--and your family tree will be in Scotland before you know it. This book will help you uncover your Scottish heritage, from identifying your immigrant ancestor to tracking down records in the old country. With help from Scottish genealogy expert Amanda Epperson, you'll learn about church records, civil registrations, censuses, and more, plus how to find them in online databases and in archives.

Inside, you'll find:

  • Basic information on how to start family history research, including identifying and tracing immigrant ancestors
  • Step-by-steps for finding and using records from both the United States and Scotland
  • Crash-course guides to Scottish history, geography, surnames, and naming conventions

Whether your ancestors hail from the Highlands or the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, this book will help you grow your family tree in Scotland.

Please note: as this is a US published book, a number of the examples and topics do focus on Scottish/US research. But overall the book has plenty of useful information for anyone with roots in Scotland.


Part 1. Linking your family tree to Scotland
1. Discovering your Scottish heritage
2. Jump-starting your Scottish research
3. Identifying your immigrant ancestor

Part 2. Getting to know the Old Country
4. Understanding Scottish history
5. Understanding Scottish geography
6. Deciphering Scottish names and handwriting

Part 3. Tracing your family in Scotland
7. Civil registration
8. Church records
9. Census records
10. Wills and property records
11. Occupational and military records
12. Other records

Part 4. Advanced sources and strategies
13. Putting it all together
14. What to do when you get stuck

Appendix A. Websites, publications and archives
Appendix B. Societies
Appendix C. Latin word list
Appendix D. Worksheets


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