Lecture Details
  • Introduction to Scotland, Scottish History, Geography and Genealogical Records

An introduction to the history and geography of Scotland in the particular context of the history and geography of Scotland as related to Scots in Scotland and the many Scots who emigrated to N America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Rhodesia, SE Asia, and many other destinations.

  • Scottish Statutory Birth Marriage and Death Records – summary (1 lecture).
  • Scottish Statutory Birth Marriage and Death Records, - with details (2 lectures).

Scotland’s civil registrations of BMDs are far superior in terms of their English equivalents as far as they assist genealogical researchers, - not least death register entries which should show details of both parents of the deceased, including the mother’s maiden name.

  • Censuses in Scotland 1801 – 1901.

Scotland leads the world in terms of the on-line access not only to indexes of the open censuses, but also digitised images of the associated enumeration books.

  • Old Parochial Registers and Non-Established Church Records.

The OPRs of the Established Church of Scotland go back to the 1553 in Errol in Perthshire, but don’t start until the 1600s or 1700s in most parishes. The standard of the keeping and the information is generally less than in the equivalent English records, but can still be of great value to the researcher.

  • Testamentary (= wills) and Property Records.

Scottish testaments (wills) are a rich source of genealogically useful information. The SCAN website now has an index of extant Scottish testamentary records up to 1900, along with 520,000 digitised images.

  • Electronic and Web Access to Scottish Genealogical Records (either 1, 2 or 3 lectures in total depending on requirements).

Very many Scottish records can be accessed via existing and planned on-line Scottish resources.

  • General Scottish Archive Records: incl. Monumental Inscriptions, Directories, Newspapers, Local Archives, etc.

There are many records in Scotland such as MIs, city, town and regional directories, as well as newspapers and other local archives, which can supply that vital piece of information, which links to your Scottish ancestor.

  • Emigration Records; Bridging the Gap to a Scottish Ancestor; and Searching for Present Day Relations in Scotland.

An in-depth look at how to link back to your Scottish ancestor, and how, once a link is made, to trace forward to possible present day relatives in Scotland.

  • Scottish Poor Relief Records

Poor relief records provide an incredibly detailed insight into the life of an applicant for poor relief – equivalent to Social Security payments – with indexed records surviving for the city of Glasgow from 1845 to 1900. Similar records survive for other places.

  • Occupational Sources in Scotland

Apart from the records of the professions such as ministers, lawyers, teachers, accountants, etc., etc., there are many records relating to more modest occupations such as carpenters, slaters, masons, etc., etc., not least via the trade incorporations in the cities and Royal burghs.

  • Scottish Military Records

A disproportionate number of Scots served in the armed forces of the UK from 1707 onwards, with many very interesting records available at The National Archives at Kew.

  • ScotlandsPeople.gov.uk Web Site

Scotland leads the world in terms of on-line access to the genealogical records of the nation as they exist today, and will continue to develop over the next few years.

  • ScotlandsPeople Web Site - A Case Study

A detailed case study approach to demonstrating the resources and advantages of the scotlandspeople.gov.uk site .

  • Scottish Statutory Death Certificates - An Underused Source

Scottish statutory death records are a rich source of information that can allow a researcher to take back a tree reliably to the birth of the deceased, the marriage and births of the parents in the mid or even early 1700s

  • Wildcards in Genealogical Research

The efficient searching of the increasing number of on-line and CD indexes can only be achieved by a proper understanding of how these databases are set up, and, in particular, the concept of wildcards, and how to use them.

  • Where Is It ?

Emigrant families often gave their place of origin as the nearest town or city instead of the actual parish.  This leads to a need for a detailed knowledge of Scottish geography to enable the researcher to establish the actual origin. This lecture also considers the mobility of the population as well as the possibilities for travel that exists at various eras.

  • Scottish Surnames and Given Names

In Scotland traditional naming patterns were in wide use up to the late 1800s/early 1900s, but the practice declined thereafter with decreasing family size.

  • Why Can't I find That Record ?

Factors such as uncertainty in relation to the spelling if a name, and transcription errors on the part of individuals, census enumerators, and registrars can easily lead to the belief that it just had to be the case the a flying saucer descended from the heavens and kidnapped your ancestors, in order to explain their absence from the records.

  • Scottish Newspapers as a Genealogical Research

An increasing number of Scottish newspaper records are being indexed. The death of an emigrant in N America or Australasia may often have been reported.


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