Scotland Goals:  1: Research   2: Archives and Libraries   3: Civil Registration   4: Church and Cemetery Records   5: Emigration and Immigration   6: Military Records   7: Probate Records and Wills   8: Maps and Gazetteers   9: Newspapers   10: Websites   11: Search Records   12: Get Help  



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Goal 1: Learn about Scotland research and records.


Choices:

A. Use effective research methods for your Scottish ancestors.

  1. Use the Getting Started Wiki article to help you with beginning Scotland research.
    FS—Getting Started with Scotland Research
  2. Learn about basic Scotland research strategies.
    FS—Basic Scotland Research Strategies—25:20
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  4. Explore the Forebears.io site for research records.
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  6. Learn about researching Scottish surnames.
    AB—Scottish Surnames
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  8. Explore the Electric Scotland site for Scottish clan resources.
  9. Use this interactive Scottish clan map to locate and learn about Scottish clans.
  10. Explore the Scottish Handwriting website for tips on reading Scottish documents from 1500-1800.

B. Learn more about Scottish research on the ScotlandsPeople website.

  1. Watch this video for an introduction to the ScotlandsPeople website, the largest online resource for Scottish family history.
    FS—Scotland's People—34:56
  2. Explore the Scotland's People website.

C. Explore Scottish research by time period.

  1. Use the Scotland Strategies page for locating birth, marriage, and death records. The links are arranged by time period, from 1559 to the present.
    FS—Scotland Strategies
  2. Explore records for Scottish ancestors from 1855 to 1901 in this PDF file that includes case studies.
  3. Explore records for Scottish ancestors before 1855 in this online syllabus page. FS—Researching Scottish Ancestry
  4. See a related article on finding ancestors here.
    FS—Scotland Strategies


Goal 2: Learn about Scotland archives and libraries.


Choices:

A. Learn about Scotland archives and libraries.

  1. Learn about Scotland archives and libraries in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Scotland Archives and Libraries
  2. Find family history resources in the National Records of Scotland site.
  3. Explore the Regional and District Archives for Scotland.
  4. Explore the Scottish Archive Network for research tools.
  5. Explore free books online on the GenGateway site.
  6. Explore the Books We Own site for books that can be checked out or researched for you by others.

B. Explore the National Records of Scotland site for research.

  1. Explore family history records in the National Records of Scotland site.
  2. Explore the National Records of Scotland site for research.


Goal 3: Learn about Scotland civil registration and census records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Scotland civil registration and vital records.

  1. Learn about Scotland civil registration in this article.
    FS—Wiki: Scotland Civil Registration
  2. Learn about births, marrriages, and deaths in Scotland and Ireland.
    National Archives: BMD in Scotland and Ireland
  3. Explore links for vital records on the Scottish Genealogy Society site.

B. Explore Scottish record indexes.

  1. Explore record indexes on the Scottish Indexes site.

C. Learn about Scotland civil registration and vital records.

  1. Get an overview of Scottish censuses in this article.
    FS—Scotland Census Records—4 pgs.
  2. Explore Scottish census resources in the CensusLinks site.


Goal 4: Learn about Scotland church and cemetery records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Scotland church and parish records.

  1. Get an overview of Scottish church records in this article. FS—Scotland Church Records—6 pgs.
  2. Learn more about Scotland church records in this article.
    FS—Wiki: Scotland Church Records
  3. Learn about Scotland parish registers in these videos.
    FS—Scotland's Old Parish Registers, Part 1—22:44
    | FS—Scotland's Old Parish Registers, Part 2—23:17
  4. Explore Scotland parish records in the DustyDocs site.
  5. Learn how to trace your Scottish ancestors in parochial registers.
    FS—Using Church of Scotland Parochial Registers—48:43
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  7. Learn how to trace your Scottish ancestors in non-parochial registers.
    FS—Tracing Difficult Ancestral Lines in Scotland's Non-Parochial Register—55:36
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B. Explore Scotland cemetery records.

  1. Search the FindaGrave site for cemetery records.
  2. Search the BillionGraves site for cemetery records.



Goal 5: Learn about Scotland emigration and immigration.


Choices:

A. Learn about Scotland emigration and immigration.

  1. Learn about Scotland emigration and immigration in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Scotland Emigration and Immigration
  2. Learn about the Scottish Emigration Database in this article.
    FS—Wiki: Scotland Emigration and Immigration

B. Access Scottish emigration resources.

  1. Explore Scottish passenger lists on the Olive Tree Genealogy site.
  2. Explore the Scottish emigration database on the University of Aberdeen site.
  3. Explore The Scottish Emigration Blog for web resources.
  4. Explore the Immigrant Ship site. Select a Volume, then choose Scotland as the departure or arrival location.
  5. Explore Scottish emigration by country in the Scottish Genealogy site.


Goal 6: Learn about Scotland military records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Scotland military records.

  1. Learn about Scotland military records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Scotland Military Records
  2. Learn more about Scotland military records in the National Records of Scotland site.
  3. Access Scottish military websites in the National Records of Scotland.
  4. Explore the Scots at War site for records on 20th-century Scottish soldiers.
  5. Explore links for military records in the Scottish Genealogy Society site.


Goal 7: Learn about Scotland probate records and wills.


Choices:

A. Learn about Scotland probate records.

  1. Learn about Scotland probate records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Scotland Probate Records
  2. Learn about the Scottish Calendar of Confirmations, a resource for probate records.
    FS—Exploring the Scottish Calendar of Confirmations

B. Explore Scottish wills.

  1. Find Scottish wills from 1858-1996 on the U.K. Government Probate Search site.


Goal 8: Learn about Scotland maps and gazetteers.


Choices:

A. Learn about Scotland maps and gazetteers.

  1. Learn about Scotland maps in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Scotland Maps
  2. Learn about Scotland gazetteers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Scotland Gazetteers

B. Explore Scotland maps and gazetteers.

  1. Learn about Scotland county maps in Gen UKI website.
  2. Explore the Gazetteers of Scotland.
  3. Explore historical maps of Scotland.
  4. Explore maps from the National Library of Scotland.
  5. Explore the Old Maps Online site for Scotland maps.

C. Access Scottish record resources by location.

  1. Explore the Scotland's Places site.


Goal 9: Learn about Scotland newspapers.


Choices:

A. Learn about Scotland newspapers.

  1. Learn about newspapers in Scotland in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Scotland Newspapers

B. Explore Scotland newspapers.

  1. Search Scottish newspapers in the onlinenewspapers.com site.
  2. Search Scottish newspapers in the world-newspapers.com site.
  3. Search Scottish newspapers in the British Library site.






Goal 10: Explore additional websites for research.


Choices:

A. There are a number of websites with valuable resources for Scottish research.

  1. Explore links in Cyndi's List.
  2. Explore links in Kindred Trails.
  3. Explore links in GenealogyLinks.net.
  4. Explore links in the Fianna Rootswebsite.
  5. Explore links in Scottish Roots (BBC).


Goal 11: Search records from Scotland.


Choices:

A. Use links to quickly search the most common record collections for Scotland.

Note: To search records on these sites, you must be registered or be at a FamilySearch Center.

  1. Click a link in the first section to search a FamilySearch collection.
  2. Click a link in the second section to search an Ancestry collection.

B. Explore additional record collections.

  1. In each program (FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast or MyHeritage), explore additional record collections besides the ones listed in QUIKLinks on this page.

C. Explore GenealogyInTime for Scottish records.

  1. Explore the Scotland and Wales page of the GenealogyInTime website. Record collections are listed and described in order from newest to oldest additions, including FamilySearch, Ancestry, and many other sources.


Goal 12: Get help with your Scottish research.


Choices:

A. Use Facebook pages to get answers to your questions.

  1. Visit the Scottish Genealogical Society page on Facebook.
  2. Visit the Scotland Genealogy! Just Ask! page on Facebook.
  3. Visit the Strictly Scottish Genealogy page on Facebook.
  4. Visit the British Isles Genealogy Research Community on Facebook.
  5. See the Genealogy on Facebook list of Facebook groups dedicated to helping with research for Scotland.

B. Join a mailing list or message board for Scotland research.

  1. Get free help with your Scotland research questions from members of the RootsChat forum.
  2. Search the RootsWeb site for Scotland research mailing lists.
  3. Explore the Scottish research mailing lists available on Cyndi's list.
  4. Use the RootsWeb message boards to read or post questions about Scotland research.

C. Learn about Scotland genealogy societies.

  1. Learn about Scotland genealogy societies in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Scotland Societies
  2. Explore Scotland genealogy society sites on Cyndi's list.
  3. Explore the Society of Genealogists site.





QUIKLinks

FamilySearch   All Scotland   Catalog
Census:   1891   1881   1871   1861   1851   1841  
Births and Baptisms: 1564-1950
Marriages: 1561-1910


Ancestry    All Scotland
Scotland Census:   1901  
Midlothian Parish Records:   1901  
Perthshire Valuation Rolls:   1901


Findmypast    All Scotland





Scotland Counties

Aberdeenshire     Angus     Ayrshire     Banffshire     Berwickshire     Caithness     Clackmannanshire     Dumfriesshire    
Dunbartonshire     East Lothian     Fife     Inverness-shire     Kincardineshire     Kinross-shire     Kirkudbrightshire     Lanarkshire    
Midlothian     Moray     Nairnshire     Orkney Islands    Peeblesshire     Perthshire     Renfrewshire     Ross & Cromarty    
Roxburghshire     Selkirkshire     Shetland     Stirlingshire    Sutherland     West Lothian     Wigtonshire