Christine Woodcock


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, […]


Chit Chat Live: Genealogy Tours of Scotland

This week Chit Chat Live talks with Christine Woodcock, owner of Genealogy Tours of Scotland. If you are a follower of The In-Depth Genealogist, you also know that Christine is also one of our writers. In this episode Christine shares the details of how she prepares her clients for their trips to Scotland, by starting a year in advance. Grab […]


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 […]