Christine Woodcock


About Christine Woodcock

Scottish born, Canadian raised, Christine Woodcock is a genealogy educator with an expertise in the Scottish records. She enjoys sharing new resources to assist others in their quest to find and document their heritage. Christine is also a lecturer, author and blogger. She is the Director of Genealogy Tours of Scotland (www.genealogytoursofscotland.ca) and enjoys taking fellow Scots “home” to do onsite genealogy research and to discover their own Scottish heritage.

Join Us for a Celtic Genealogy Cruise

MAY 4 – 16, 2019 Visit your ancestral homeland by sea – just like your ancestors did! This cruise allows opportunities to research your ancestors while in port. The cruise begins and ends in Dublin where there will be the opportunity to visit the EPIC Emigration Museum, consult with experts or conduct research at the Irish Family History Centre. From […]


An In-Depth Look at Scottish Asylum Records 1

The New Lunacy Act of 1857 allowed for all insane persons in Scotland to be admitted to an asylum. This was to be a separate institution from Poor Houses or hospitals where the insane had been prior to 1857. This also standardized the reporting procedures for those with mental health issues who were in need of institutional care. Annual reports were […]


SCGS Jamboree 2017 Wrap-Up

I had the honour of being a speaker at this year’s Jamboree – the annual conference of the Southern California Genealogy Society in Burbank California. In addition to speaking, I had a booth in the Exhibit Hall. Ahead of the genealogy conference was the Genetic Genealogy Conference. I arrived at the hotel on Thursday, June 8th. Thanks to flight delays, […]


Going In-Depth with Scottish Convict Ancestors 1

Transported Prisoners who were sentenced to be transported were always tried in the High Court. The High Court is in Edinburgh, but would also travel a circuit to the major cities in Scotland. High Court trials were  before judge and jury. In the case of the High Court, the jury consisted of 15 men. The High Court trials were considered […]


Going In-Depth with Scottish Museums

Many museums in Scotland provide wonderful social history information, particularly the living history museums. These are a terrific way to not only learn about what life was like for your ancestors, but also to visualize it. In addition to the collections on display at any given time, the museums also have collections that are available to anyone who asks. These […]


An In-Depth Look at Victorian Tax Rolls 1

National taxes funded wars, an ongoing event in Scottish history. Some taxes were used to pay military debts in between wars. These National taxes are in addition to any local council taxes that were levied, since the local taxes were used for local needs such as poor relief. The National Records of Scotland has digitized some of their historical tax […]