According to David Dobson, genealogy research specialist, the first stop in searching for Scottish Ancestors should be the
Old Parish Registers of the Church of Scotland, 1553-1854 and other church records.
May I also refer you to www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk. According to Dobson it is the single most important source of Scottish
It is a partnership between the General Register Office for Scotland, the National Archives of Scotland and the Court
of the Lord Lyon. This website claims to have about 100 million names.
I am an experienced Scottish genealogy researcher based in Livingston, near Edinburgh, with access to Register House,
the main depository of Scotlands records, and to other collections of historical material, many available nowhere else.
As a qualified librarian with a degree in history and several years experience of carrying out family history research
on my own behalf and for friends, I have received positive feedback for my work and am now hoping to offer my services to
others who would like to know more about their Scottish ancestors.
I have a website at www.beacongenealogy.co.uk, outlining my background, the services I offer, and a schedule of prices.
I have also appended a flyer with information about myself, my business, Beacon Genealogy which outlines the services I provide
and the costs involved.
If any of your members are interested in discovering their Scottish roots, could you please bring my site to their notice?
A H McDonald
By way of introduction, my name is Malcolm Gauld, the founder of Bon-Accord Genealogy and Probate Research, a company which
has two main aims, the first of which is to make a link with your ancestors by researching your family history and providing
copies of extracts from Birth, Marriage and Death Register entries.
The other part of the business concentrates on probate research, which is often referred to as Heir Hunting, and will
review the unclaimed estates of those who have passed intestate and reunite the proceeds of these estates with the surviving,
Based in Aberdeen, Scotland, my specialty lies in Scottish ancestry however, I will undertake research of any sort, tailored
to your specific requirements.
After an initial free consultation, I will forward a document to you confirming the scope of research agreed upon and
the price for the work to be done. I will not start work until you confirm the scope of work to be undertaken.
From there, I will carry out ten hours of research based on the information you provide to me, for this I will charge
£130.00, please see the pricing table below for the additional charges for documentation.
Following the expiry of the ten-hour period, I will contact you with an update of the progress I have made and we can
discuss any further work you would like me to carry out, a price for that work will be agreed on a per hour basis, and again
will be confirmed prior to work commencing.
Initial Consultation - No charge
First 10 hours of research - £130.00(minimum 10-hour charge)
Birth, Death and Marriage record - £2.00
Census Record - £2.00
Valuation Rolls copy - £2.00
Military records - £6.00
Family Group Sheet* - £5.00
Certificates for more recent events - £15.00
Create a tree - £50.00
Other documents - To be agreed
*A family group record is created to show the names of the husband, wife, and children of a family. This document will
also show birth, marriage, and death information, additional spouses (if any) of the parents, and children’s spouses.
If you are interested or may know of someone who would be, please contact me, or have them contact me, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or you can call me on the number below.
Bon-Accord Genealogy and Probate Research
+44 (0)7703 650505
Family History UK - Free UK Genealogy - Surnames and surnames
family history UK is the latest free UK family tree genealogy and ancestry community portal site, connecting ancestors
and living relatives all over the UK. Search for your ancestors, research BMD and Census information, Post or search your
Wanted Names - Surnames, build your own online family tree and connect with living relations in the UK.
For information on research recently done on the Isle of Harris, click here.
Clan Erskine Information
My name is Zachary Marrs.
I am descended from “Bobbing” John
Erskine, the Earl of Mar who lead the Jacobite uprising of 1715. I have done
extensive genealogical research, and the family name has an unbroken line of
succession going all the way back to 1114. They were descended from Pictish
chiefs that go even further back into antiquity. Please check out my website
www.clanerskine.com. It would love to
share the fruits of my research with one and all who are interested, a simple
link would suffice if your team will allow it. There are many American
descendants of “Bobbing” John, and I want to get the word out about what records
If anyone is looking for research assistance for their family tree I would like to offer my professional services. I have
over 30 years experience in genealogical research. I have extensive experience with researching in Newfoundland but also Canada,
United States, United Kingdom and some experience with other countries in Europe and Australia. My background includes a Bachelor's
of Arts Degree in History and 18 years employed at Memorial University Libraries. I am located in St. John's so I have access
to the Rooms and other resources that are not online.
Please feel free to private message me or email me at email@example.com for fee information and we can discuss
how I may be able to help
Ancestry announced that its indexing of the 1940 census was complete. All 50 states, along with the District of Columbia,
American Samoa, Guam, Panama Canal Zone, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands are now searchable by name.You can access it in Ancestry
Library Edition with your library card at any ASCPL location.
While the completion of the Ancestry index is great news, we all know that indexes do have their limitations and do not
always lead us to our ancestors as quickly as we would like. It is often helpful to have an alternate index to use, and with
the 1940 census, we do.
The 1940 Census Community Project, the all-volunteer index used on the sites Archives.com, FindMyPast.com and FamilySearch.org,
has completed its indexing of all states and the District of Columbia. As of September 4, the full census is searchable at
Archives.com and FamilySearch, while FindMyPast.com has 40 states searchable. Between the Ancestry index and the 1940 Census
Community Project index, you may be able to find your ancestors without too much trouble. If you need assistance, feel free
to contact Special Collections for search tips. Or, refer to the workbook we use in our class. Finding Your Family in US
Census. This may be found on our blog at http://sc.akronlibrary.org/, under the Classes and Events tab. If you still have
trouble with the name indexes, remember, you may use the 1940 census theo ld-fashioned way, by identifying the enumeration
district in which your ancestor lived and then browsing the pages within it. For instructions, refer to the National Archives
and Records Administration census page at http://1940census.archives.gov/
Nancy Davis tells us that Pennsylvania has long been considered one of the most difficult states for genealogists
trying to access older vital records, but a bill signed into law in December 2011 has finally helped us catch up with the times - at least a little. As of 14 February 2012
the PA Division of Vital Records has opened death records older than 50 years and birth records older than 105 years for public
access, and put up free online indexes to both record sets to help facilitate access. The free PA birth index only covers the year 1906, as births from 1907 to the present are still covered by privacy
laws, and pre-1906 birth records are held by the counties. The free PA death index covers the years 1906-1961. Unfortunately, the new indices are in digitized, PDF format
- organized by year and first letter of the surname. At least they are available online! The birth index for 1906 appears
to be currently searchable, but be aware that a search does not necessarily pick up all of the names.
Genealogy at a Glance: Scottish Genealogy Research
By David Dobson
For his installment of
the “Genealogy at a Glance” series of laminated research aids, renowned Scottish author David Dobson brings his
expertise to bear in a shrewd distillation of facts about Scottish genealogical research. Mr. Dobson uses emigration history
as a jumping off point, from there proceeding to tackle the immense body of unique Scottish records which includes Old Parish
Records of the Church of Scotland; post-1854 statutory records of births, marriages, and deaths; and census returns from 1841
to 1901.Making clever use of the allotted space, Dobson then focuses on the remaining Scottish genealogical records, from
traditional wills and testaments to the lesser known kirk session records and services of heirs. Along the way he seeds the
text with research tips and references to key publications, concluding with an indispensable list of online resources, which
are now the focal point of Scottish genealogy research.
Click here for: Genealogy at a Glance: Scottish Genealogy Research may well be the best four pages you ever read on Scottish
"Find People From the Past: A Genealogy Resource Guide for Kids"
The Scottish Emigration Blog, has been created and maintained by Amanda E. Epperson, Ph.D. This blog explores the Scottish Diaspora with the additional goal of bridging
the gap between academic and "armchair" historians. At the site one can read about blogs, podcasts, and
websites that provide information about Scottish emigration or Scotland itself.
Click here to view Amanda's blog spot.
For information on Christine Woodcock's genealogical tours of Scotland, go to our Travel page.
To check on genealogical tour information, click here.
An excellent resource for those seeing information on UK ancestry is findmypast.co.uk
However, though a trial membership is free, there is a charge to continue to use this site.
Find A Grave in Scotland
Find A Grave Limited is a Renfrewshire based company which offers an online service to those seeking information
about, and locations for, the graves of friends, family and people of interest. The service also provides access to information
They provide a range of free information and
· Basic search facility (to check that the
information required is available)
· Information about famous people who have
died on the date you access the site
· Information and photographs of famous Scottish
Once users have identified that the record they are looking for is available, they can then pay a nominal fee to
access more detailed information, including:
· Full names and date of birth/death
· Photographs of the grave
· GPS co-ordinates to help them locate the
From each fee generated from users, Find A Grave Limited will make a payment to the cemetery owner, be it the Local
Authority or other body, so as well as providing a valuable service for the general public, it will also generate much needed
income for local councils at a time when public sector budgets are being drastically cut back.
Information on sources, suggestions for references, specific search criteria. Our Sas'y expert is Nancy Haggard
Davis, who is absolutely mystical in her ability to do detective work on family backgrounds.
Nancy's comments regarding Virginia to Kentucky migration (ref to Rootsweb
KYCLARK Digest, Vol.5 Issue 38)
This rootsweb string is perfect example of why some people can't find their ancestors, and how the old
people know more than they think they do, they are just not thinking through their knowledge. So here once again:
(1) if you've thoroughly looked and can't find it, then it's in another place; not just that YOU THINK and
(2) plus maybe what you are looking for had a prior name in where you are already looking;
You just have to get past what was told in the family, and think
deeply into it; translate that family word into what else it might be;
[I'm cutting the early queries for purpose here, but as to the early points in this string--wonder when they
will figure out that they have to look for a church list of people outta Loudon County VA that came
to KY with letters of ref...? ]
and then, of course,
(3) one more time from my Dad, and sooooo true: ...
then follow the WATER... "
Newly added Catholic Parish Registers - Births and Baptisms plus modern marriage records from 1934-2006 have now been added
to the site. This now gives the range of statutory records as Indexes of Scottish births and deaths (1855-2006) marriages
(1855-2006) and images of births(1855-1908), marriages (1855-1933) and deaths (1855-1958).
This may help in your search for census records - US, UK, Canada, etc.
Link to Census records.
Link to UK Government tartan register. Click here:
Arifa Farooq of BBC Scotland is currently working on a program looking at the prevalence of Multiple Sclerosis amongst
Scots and those of Scottish descent. From research it shows that Scots seem to have a predisposition to this unfortunate disease.
If you or a family member have or has had this disease and have Scottish ancestry, please contact Arifa at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For excellent suggestions on Scottish genealogical reference sources and services, click here for the Rampant Scotland genealogy
The official genealogy website of the Scottish Tourism Agency.
Genealogy relationship chart
Our resident genius, Nancy Haggard Davis, has found a long list of web sites for folks
to further explore when researching their genealogy. If you would like to check out her reference sources (and they
are excellent), please click on the link below.
Web sites suggested by Nancy for further research.
Nancy says this one is "like a trip to library without getting out of your chair."
The Scottish American Society handles Genealogical enquiries at the Celtic Beltane Festival, games
and elsewhere in the Scottish/Celtic community. Look for us at Scottish and Celtic events and at Genealogy Fairs around
Ohio Death Certificates up to 1953 are available on line. Go to the web site: http://www.familysearchlabs.org
click on Record Search - click on the blue words - Register to use Record
- type in your email address - again for confirmation - then type the security code - it's case sensitive
so if the letters are capital - then make sure you capitalize them. Then scroll down to Ohio Death Certificates - and there
are other things to click on as well.
Ohio Death Certificates up to 1953. Click here for link.
Obituaries Help is a resource for people looking for online and
newspaper obituaries as well as genealogy and family researchers. We
have free genealogy downloads including a family tree chart and many
advice articles covering everything from how to write an obituary to
using obituaries for genealogy research. I've listed our information
Title: Newspaper Obituaries - ObituariesHelp.org
Description: Access newspaper obituaries and discover your genealogy
online. Discover obituary resources like old newspaper obituaries
archives and Download free genealogy forms and printable family tree
Mormon Genealogy Information
The immigrations records
include all Ellis Island records (1892-1957).
Other ports include:
--Baltimore Passenger Lists, 1820-1948
--Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1943
--California Passenger and Crew Lists, 1893-1957
--Galveston Passenger Lists, 1896-1948
--New Orleans Passenger Lists, 1820-1945
--New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957
--Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1883-1945
This full collection
of more than 100 million immigrant names includes
all readily available U.S. passenger list records from 1820 to 1960.
access the free collection, go to http://www.ancestry.com/ and click on
the link to "the world's largest collection of passenger lists."
HISTORY, follow the RELIGIOUS HISTORY, then follow the WATER.
PLACES TO LQQK:
Archives –State, Federal
Daughters of the American
Revolution/Sons of the American Revolution
Latter Day Saints
Libraries, -Local public,
State, Federal and University Libraries
PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SOURCES
(primary person/parents were present at time of record)
(also look at “headrights” –grants in 1600’s from England;
After Revolution, new government gave payment to soldiers in “bounty lands”;
and “Homestead Act” -land given by government to help economy and settle new
-Lawsuits and divorces
-Probate Records (even in the 1700’s, inventories were included in probates)
Social Security Applications
Pension Records –applied
for by the veteran
(primary person not originator
of the record)
Funeral Home/Mortuary Records
Other genealogists shared
Pension Records –applied
for by the veteran’s spouse or child
Published Genealogies, County
histories and books
2. SCOTTISH NAMING PATTERNS
Father /Father’s Father’s Father
Father’s brother /Mother’s Mother’s Father
Father’s Mother’s Father
Mother’s Father’s Father
1st daughter Mother’s mother
2nd daughter Father’s mother
3rd daughter Mother /Mother’s Father’s
4th daughter Mother’s sister /Father’s
5th daughter Mother’s Mother’s Mother
6th daughter Father’s Mother Mother
In some cases you will find that the order is reversed with the first and second
children, i.e. the First-born son being named after the Mother's father and the Second-born son after the Father's father.
If this is the case then the daughters are also usually reversed.
You will also find instances where a child is named
'out of pattern', after an Aunt or Uncle who has died, or after an admired other relative or friend of the parent.
are only general guidelines and were certainly not always followed.
England & Wales
All census records from 1841
to 1901 can be consulted online - either free or for very little cost.
All indexes to births, deaths,
& marriages are available, many are free.
Start with the Mormon site:
familysearch.org - click on "Advanced Search" and then Census and then British Census. This should give you England
& Wales in April 1881. For a fee you can consult ancestry.co.uk or
To check state records in Britain you might try freebmd.org.uk.
SIX DECADES OF SCOTLAND'S CENSUS RECORDS
The project to make available online the handwritten census records in Scotland from 1841 to 1901 has
just been completed, with the addition of the very first census in 1841 - when the population of the country was only 2,620,184.
The five-year Scotlands People project was launched in 2002 and claims to contain the most comprehensive online set of family
history information for any country in the world. It is currently one of the largest single information resources on the web.
In addition to the census records, the material includes the indexes to the Old Parish Registers from 1553, indexed digital
images of the statutory registers of births for Scotland, 1855-1905, the statutory registers of deaths for Scotland, 1855-1955
, the statutory registers of marriages for Scotland, 1855-1930.
Wills and Testaments from 1513 to 1901 from the National
Archives of Scotland are also available. There are 50 million historical records accessible from around the world. Their website
has over 400,000 registered users paying to download information. See http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk
INFORMATION ON WORLD WAR I AND II DRAFT/ENLISTMENT REGISTRATION CARDS
Ancestry has completed indexing and digitizing nearly 24 million World War
I and II Draft/Enlilstment
To celebrate they are offering free access to the WWI database with registration
(your name and email address) from November 12-25, 2005.
To take advantage of this offer you must go to the webpage below and click on the
WWI Draft Cards link near the top...
[NOTE-if you link along and find yourself in Ancestry.com, Ancestry will probably junk email you
now, but if anyone wants to dodge that, or want WWII, they can email me and I'll lookup and send if they prefer.
I get the genealogy junk email ads already.]
for the Nov12-25, 2005 free lookup for WWI
--In Ancestry, I found my Dad's and one Uncle's WWII enlistment, I'm still wondering why my other Uncle was not there.
I kept cutting things from the search until all I had was a name and still didn't turn the one Uncle up. Interesting
to see their occupations at time of enlistment, and trim weight listings.
Also, Latter Day Saints (mormons) are digitizing their collection of family books,
more and more are coming online every day:
HOLOCAUST ERA DOCUMENTS
The first set of digitized records of Holocaust era documents has been transferred to the Holocaust Memorial
Museum in Washington,DC.http://www.ushmm
International Tracing Service Archive http://www.ushmm.org/museum/exhibit/focus/its/faq/