Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors: The Official Guide

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 272 pages
Author: National Records of Scotland
Year: 2020
ISBN: 9781780276335
Other: 7th ed, b&w photos, appendixes, addresses, indexes
Publisher: Birlinn

With 5 million people in Scotland, and over 30 million of Scottish descent scattered over the globe, it is not surprising that research into Scottish family history is so popular - especially now that huge amounts of information on family origins are available online. If you are one of those whose roots lie in Scotland, this major new edition of the 'Official Guide' is the one book you must have.

Scotland has one of the best-maintained facilities of any country in the world for undertaking family research. In a major new development the National Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh has merged in 2011 with the Registrar General's office, bringing a vast collection of documents together under one roof in the National Records of Scotland.

This new edition of the Official Guide, first published back in 1990, explains how to find your way around this huge archive. With the expansion of the ScotlandsPeople online resource, the materials for ancestry research are at your fingertips no matter where you are in the world.

Prepared by the keepers of the records themselves, this official handbook is written in a friendly and accessible style for the family researcher. Major new online resources are extensively covered. Now, whether in person or through the ScotlandsPeople site, you can find certificates of births, marriages and deaths, wills, church registers, taxation lists, censuses, military records and many more. Using this book, you can hold the pages of the past in your hand and shine a light on who your ancestors really were.

List of Illustrations
1. Introduction
2. First Steps: The Internet and Other Resources
3. ScotlandsPeople: The Centre and Online
4. Statutory Registers: Birth, Marriages and Deaths Since 1855
5. Old Parish Registers
6. Census Records
7. At the National Records of Scotland
8. Births, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials
9. Roman Catholic Records
10. Inheritance: Wills and Testaments
11. Inheriting Houses and Land in Scotland
12. Owners of Houses and Land: Sasines, Crown Grants and Other Records
13. Owners of Houses and Land: Valuation Rolls and Other Records
14. Tenants and Crofters
15. Other Legal Transactions
16. Litigants
17. Criminals
18. Taxpayers
19. Officials
20. Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Others
21. Clergy and Church Members
22. Schoolteachers, Pupils and Students
23. Medical Professions
24. Lawyers
25. Architects and Surveyors
26. Artists, Photographers and Musicians
25. Railway Staff
27. Coal Miners
29. Lighthouse Keepers
30. Labourers
31. Trade and Business
32. Electors and Elected
33. The Sick and Insane
34. The Poor
35. Emigrants and Migrants
36. Slaves
37. Genealogies
38. Coats of Arms: The Court and Office of the Lord Lyon
Appendix A. Useful Addresses
Appendix B. Useful Books
Index to Classes and Types of Records
Index to Categories of Individuals

'Excellent help with every phase of genealogical research ... This book will be a valuable finding aid for many people using the Scottish Record Office, and by no means only for the family historian' - [relates to the 3rd edition], Books in Scotland

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  • Essential Guide to Scottish Ancestor Research

    Posted by Ross hansen on 22nd Jun 2021

    Not all subscription sites provide adequate access to Scottish ancestors. This book (7th Edition) provides an excellent guide to both Scotlands People and the National Records of Scotland. Both of these organisations have physical research rooms in Edinburgh but the guide provides details of available online records as well as how to order copies of other record material. What I like is that whenever a group of records or series of documents are mentioned in its clear descriptions, it provides the reference number in brackets, to assist in finding them in a catalogue search or online search. Some good tips for searching Scotlands People online (pay-per-view) are provided too.

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