Christine Woodcock

Going In-Depth with Scottish Convict Ancestors

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 […]

An In-Depth Look at Scottish University Archives 2

The Scottish universities have archival collections that are often overlooked as a resource for genealogy research. However, the records held at the Universities often contain robust information for rounding out the story of your ancestors. This information may not be found in any other collection. The University archives  include documents and photos related to the operation of the universities, such […]

Going In-Depth with Scottish Poor Law Records 1

Prior to 1845, the responsibility for assisting the poor lay jointly with the Kirk and the ‘heritors’ or landowners. The landowner raised money from assessments. You may find notation of poor assistance in the accounts books of the Estate owners. The Kirk raised money through mort cloth rentals and fines for immoral behaviour.  To find whether your ancestor made application […]

Going In-Depth with ScotlandsPeople 3

In order to be accurate and effective in your research, you need to use the ScotlandsPeople website: This is the website for the records of the General Register’s Office (GRO). Their website is the online repository for all official documents: birth, marriage, death, census, wills and testaments. This is the  only place where you can view the original images. […]