scottish archives


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 […]