Scottish Genealogy


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 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. […]


Scottish ViC (Virtual Conference)

The second annual Scottish ViC  (virtual conference) will be held on Saturday January 26th, 2019 from 8:30 am until 6:30 pm. There are seven presentations by seven presenters over the course of the day. Each presentation is released on a timed schedule and the attendees watch the recorded presentation. Immediately following the presentation, the presenter will be LIVE in a […]


Join Us for a Celtic Genealogy Cruise

MAY 4 – 16, 2019 Visit your ancestral homeland by sea – just like your ancestors did! This cruise allows opportunities to research your ancestors while in port. The cruise begins and ends in Dublin where there will be the opportunity to visit the EPIC Emigration Museum, consult with experts or conduct research at the Irish Family History Centre. From […]


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, […]