Scottish Family History Research: Where and How to Find the Real Records
Bruce Durie, PhD, QG

 
Level: Beginner to Advanced
Suggested prerequisites: None
 
You simply cannot do Scottish Genealogy seriously using Ancestry.com, FamilySearch and the other popular services. It’s not their fault – they just don’t have the necessary records. Yet Scotland has the best set of genealogical records on the planet – a great many available online and a lot of them free.
 
Where are they? How to access them? What do they contain? How to use them? All these questions and more will be addressed in this wide-ranging course, also covering Inheritance, Maps, Heraldry and much more besides.
 
Covered Material:
  • “What’s where?” – Sources and methods
  • “What’s on Scotland’s People?” – a guide to Censuses 1841-1911, BMD post-1855, Baptism, Marriage and Burial 1560s-1854, Catholic BMD etc. records and more.
  • “What’s on Scotland’s Places?” More than just places! People, too. Tax rolls, geographical data and more. Plus an intro to where to get free maps of Scotland from the 1500s to the present day.
  • “When is a will not a will, what is a testament, and where did the house and land go?”
  • “Clans, Tartans and Heraldry” – mediaeval mumbo-jumbo, or vital resources for Genealogists?