Scottish Genealogy


An In-Depth Look at Scottish Birth Records

Let’s take an in-depth look at the Scottish birth records. Births prior to 1855 are recorded in the Old Parish Registers (OPRs) as Baptisms. These are fairly scant entries, often limited to the name of the child, the name of the father, the date of the baptism and perhaps the names of the witnesses. In some instances, depending on the […]


An In-Depth Look at Researching Scottish Ancestors 1

In order to be successful researching your Scottish ancestors, you need to know where in Scotland your ancestors were from. Once you know that, you are ready to actually research. The essential website for Scottish research is the ScotlandsPeople website. This is the website for the records of the General Register’s Office and is the online repository for all official […]


Hidden Gems

It is amazing the wealth of Scottish documents and photographs that are sitting in local archives, local museums and local historical societies just waiting for people to have a look. The John Gray Centre in Haddington is home of the East Lothian archives. They are in the process of digitizing their poor relief applications, indexing them and making them available […]


Facebook and Twitter for Scottish Genealogy

Before I had kids, I was anything but a morning person. Now 21 years in, mornings are one of my favourite times. It’s quiet. I can enjoy my coffee and mull over the genealogy news of the day on social media. Facebook and Twitter are not just a great way to connect, but they can keep you informed about what […]


Highland Research and History Genealogy Tour 4

As most of you know, I organize genealogy research trips to Scotland. We spend 10 days in Edinburgh, researching at the ScotlandsPeople Centre, the National Archives and the National Library of Scotland. For next April, I added a tour that will be exclusively researching in the archives in Glasgow. We will be at the Mitchell Library, which also houses the […]


Researching Scottish Jacobite Ancestors 1

Diana Gabaldon has resurrected an interest in the Jacobite cause. This was an important part of Scottish history which found the Jacobite sympathisers aiming to restore the Roman Catholic Stuart King (James VII of Scotland & II of England) and his heirs to the throne. James had been replaced on the throne by his daughter Mary II and her husband, […]