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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 would like to find out more about its origins, meaning, history and lots of other interesting information?

Click here to visit my growing resource on Scottish Surnames.

I’m aiming to grow this directory of surnames each month, hopefully you will find it useful.

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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Genealogy Tips and Tools

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.

15 May 2024 (3pm UK Time): Introduction to Family History 

Cost: Free

This is a regular online  workshop by the National Library of Scotland.

It will be a presentation on the family history resources available in the Library, and elsewhere, followed by a question and answer session.

This webinar may be most useful to people who have already made a start on building up their family tree. 

Click here for more information. 

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18 May 2024 (10.30pm UK Time): The Value of Family History in Dementia

Cost: £10

This presentation will explain the importance of focusing on events in a person’s life. By understanding more about the early life of a person who has dementia helps to explore meaningful discussions and chats with friends and family members; this not only provides topics of interest to the person having the chat but provides a memory stimulus for the person who has dementia. 

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20 May 2024 (10-11am UK Time): 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.

Click here for more information. 

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20 May 2024 (7.30pm UK Time): A Different Class of Lunatic

Cost: £20 (to become a member of ANESFHS & access the event)

In this webinar, professional genealogist Catriona Haine will share her research into the pauper patients who were removed from the Glasgow Royal Asylum (Gartnavel) in the late 19th century. Her research included both asylum and poor law history in Scotland and what happened to the pauper patients at Gartnavel, along with case studies on individual patients and how different things turned out for them.

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28 May 2024 (7pm UK Time): Finding Immigration Journeys from Italy to Great Britain

Cost: £10

Using British records located at at www.familysearch.org as well as www.ancestry.com, www.findmypast.co.uk, www.myheritage.com, www.fold3.com, and www.freebmd.org.uk, information was found to research two separate families with different immigrant experiences and to locate their towns of origin in Italy. 

The search continued in the original town records at the FamilySearch Library and online at www.antenati.san.beniculturali.it, as well as in provincial and town records located onsite in Italy. 

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7 June 2024 (2pm British time): Using Discovery, the National Archives Online Catalogue

Cost: Free

Join this free online session to learn top tips for using Discovery, the National Archives (London) online catalogue. You can download 100 free records a month. You will come away with all of the tools needed to make the most of the catalogue for your research, whether you are a new user or an experienced researcher.

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13 June 2024 (10am British time): Uncovering the Generations: a journey to explore your family history

Cost: £35

This comprehensive 2-hour workshop introduces you to researching and writing or recording your family story, including providing guidance on the options and resources available. 

Click here for more information. 

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28 June 2024 (2pm British time): Using Military History Records

Cost: Free

Discover popular military records and how they can be used in your family history research.

In this webinar, the experts from the National Archives (London) will look at their collections and explore how using these sources can help genealogical research and develop your understanding of an ancestor’s time in military service. This webinar will focus on army, navy and other records prior to the Second World War.

Click here for more information. 

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