Christine Woodcock

Understanding the Scottish Naming Pattern

A Hugh by Any Other Name The Scottish naming pattern can either be a Godsend or a curse when researching your genealogy. However, if we really understand it in detail, it becomes less of a curse and more of a blessing in helping us narrow down the indexes, confirm we are searching the right families and in making cousin connections. […]

Scottish Course at British Institute 2019

  Four years ago, I became the editor of British Connections, a quarterly newsletter for the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History (ISBGFH). The Society’s signature event is the week long British Institute. The British Institute takes place in the fall of each year, at the Salt Palace Hotel in Salt Lake City. The British Institute offers four […]

Scottish High Court Records ONLINE 1

A wonderful new resource has come online for Scottish research. Although we have long awaited the promised large record releases from the NRS, they haven’t materialized. Fortunately, others are picking up the slack, especially Emma and Graham Maxwell of ScottishIndexes. The Maxwells have already assisted those researching illegitimate ancestors by having the Sheriff Court records indexed and made available online. […]

Visiting Your Ancestor’s Grave 3

At some point you are going to want to visit a cemetery where your ancestors rest. Your ancestor’s tombstone is the only physical evidence of the life they lived. Before you head out, find out whether the cemetery is still open for burials or whether it is no longer an active cemetery. If  the cemetery is no longer an active cemetery, your […]