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Scottish Genealogy Guides & Resources

Here are some handy family history guides and useful websites to help you find your Scottish ancestry.

Scottish Genealogy Guides & Resources to help your family history research

Scottish Surnames

Do you have a Scottish family name and you’d like to find out more about its meaning, its origins, its history and lots of other interesting information?

Click here to see my growing resource on Scottish surnames.

 

Handy Guides

Download one of these handy free guides to help you grow your family tree:

 

Family Tree Packages

Starting Your Scottish Family Tree

7 helpful tips to get you started with your family research

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A Guide To The ScotlandsPeople Centre

Learn how to use the official government source of genealogical data for Scotland

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Useful Websites

Here is a selection of websites that can help you with your Scottish family history research:

Here is a handy guide on useful websites to help you research your Scottish ancestry.

Upcoming Family History Virtual Events

Just scroll down to find a date that suits you.  By the way, this is regularly updated so keep checking.

5 April 2024 (7pm UK Time): From the Picts to the birth of Scotland

Cost: Free

Between the Romans and the arrival of the Vikings, the Picts were the major force in Scotland, ruling the eastern parts of northern Britain for six centuries. Shrouded in mystery due to their absence from written sources, they are best known from their art, but archaeological research has revealed much about their lives. On this tour of key Pictish sites, we will learn about their settlements, lifestyles, and burial places, incredible artistic traditions, and how they finally faded away as Alba, the first Kingdom of Scotland, appeared.

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6 April 2024 (2pm UK Time): Homes Fit For Heroes – in the Scottish 1921 Census

Cost: £5

In November 1918 Prime Minister Lloyd George promised to make Britain a fit country for heroes to live in.  This online talk takes a look at some examples of homes built under Scotland’s 1919 Act at the time of the 1921 census.

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27 April 2024 (3pm UK Time): The Godly Commonwealth – Discover Scottish Church Records

Cost: £10

In this online session family historian Chris Paton will provide a broad sweep of three hundred years of church history in Scotland, and discuss its impact for the family historian in locating relevant records for research. 

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20 May 2024 (10-11am BST): Taking Family History Further -Tracing First World War Ancestors

Cost: £5

If your ancestors were in the military, then this session might be useful. The census, absent voter lists, medal cards and attestation papers will be looked at which is useful for any British soldier ancestor.

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