Vicki’s note – and to continue our Scots – Irish genealogy – here is a helpful on-line course ($99) by FamilyTree University. And a free Scotland National Archives link at the end of the Posting.
Scotland’s colorful history and efforts to preserve their heritage is a boon to any family historian with Scottish ancestry. If you’re one of the many descendants of the 1.5 million Scots who immigrated to the Americas, you can learn how to find your ancestors before they ever left Scotland with this 4-week course. From Scottish names and locations and historical events that triggered immigration, to the types of records you can expect to find and which archives, collections, websites, libraries and museums house the information, you’ll learn how to trace your ancestry.
Learn how to find your Scottish ancestry with this 4-week course on genealogy research methods in Scotland. From Scottish names, locations and historical events that triggered immigration, to the types of records you can expect to find and which archives, collections, websites, libraries and museums house that information, you’ll learn how to trace your ancestry.
- How to find Scottish ancestors by name
- How to use geography to narrow down your results
- How Scottish history affected emigration patterns
- How to use passenger lists to track emigration
- What types of records are available online
- How to use libraries and museum collections in your research
- How to find which archives may contain the info you need
Click on the Course Outline tab to see the syllabus for the full 4 weeks!
Scottish Genealogy Research Strategies
Lesson 1: Getting Started with Your Scottish Research
Finding the names and locations of your Scottish ancestors, and understanding the impact of Scottish history on emigration patterns.
- Find Your Ancestors
- Know Your Geography
- Search by Name
- Emigration from Scotland
- Penal Transportation
- Passenger Vessels Acts
- Emigration Schemes
- Lowland Clearances
- Better Job Prospects
- Child Immigration
Lesson 2: Common Types of Records
Learn the types of records you can expect to encounter, along with the types of information they contain.
- Old Parish Registers
- Statutory Records
- Wills and Testaments
- Church Records
- Incorporating Those Records into Your Family Tree
Lesson 3: Digging Deeper
Using library and museum collections in your search.
- National Library of Scotland
- i.Books and Guides
- ii.Directories and Lists
- iv.Estate Papers
- The Mitchell Library in Glasgow
- Dundee Central Library
- Edinburgh Central Library
- National Library of Scotland
- Edinburgh Museum
- People’s Palace
- Strathnayer Museum
- Timespan Museum
- Scottish Mining Museum
- New Lanark World Heritage Site
- Summerless Industrial Museum
- Regimental Museums
- Local Family History Societies
Lesson 4: Offline Resources for Scottish Genealogy Research
There are plenty of records and collections that that you can incorporate into your research, even if you can’t go to Scotland yourself.
- National Records of Scotland/The National Archives
- Local Archives
- Examples of Local Archives
- University Archives
- Other Collections of Interest