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Scottish American Society

According to David Dobson, genealogy research specialist, the first stop in searching for Scottish Ancestors should be the Old Parish Registers of the Church of Scotland, 1553-1854 and other church records.

May I also refer you to www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk. According to Dobson it is the single most important source of Scottish genealogical data.

It is a partnership between the General Register Office for Scotland, the National Archives of Scotland and the Court of the Lord Lyon. This website claims to have about 100 million names.


New Scottish census records now available online

To coincide with St. Andrews Day, ScotlandsPeople has just released the 1921 Scottish census records, comprising 200,000 images recording the details of 4.8 million people. Recorded on the night of 19 July 1921, the census details accommodation, residents; relationships to each other, their ages and occupations, and for the first time, information on orphanhood, dependent children and workplace. It reflects the societal changes in Scotland in the aftermath of the Great War as well as the Great Influenza Pandemic. Learn more on the ScotlandsPeople website!


Experienced researcher based in Scotland, ready to assist with tracing your forebears.

Alexander H. McDonald is an experienced Scottish genealogy researcher based in Livingston, near Edinburgh, with easy access to Register House, the main depository of Scotland’s records, and to other collections of Scottish historical material, some of which can only be accessed locally.

He is a qualified librarian with a degree in history and several years experience carrying out family history research on my own behalf and for friends, I have received positive feedback for my work and am now hoping to offer my services to others who would like to know more about their Scottish ancestors.

British Army service record research also undertaken.



By way of introduction, my name is Malcolm Gauld, the founder of Bon-Accord Genealogy and Probate Research, a company which has two main aims, the first of which is to make a link with your ancestors by researching your family history and providing copies of extracts from Birth, Marriage and Death Register entries.

The other part of the business concentrates on probate research, which is often referred to as Heir Hunting, and will review the unclaimed estates of those who have passed intestate and reunite the proceeds of these estates with the surviving, entitled relatives.

Based in Aberdeen, Scotland, my specialty lies in Scottish ancestry however, I will undertake research of any sort, tailored to your specific requirements.

After an initial free consultation, I will forward a document to you confirming the scope of research agreed upon and the price for the work to be done. I will not start work until you confirm the scope of work to be undertaken.

From there, I will carry out ten hours of research based on the information you provide to me, for this I will charge 130.00, please see the pricing table below for the additional charges for documentation.

Following the expiry of the ten-hour period, I will contact you with an update of the progress I have made and we can discuss any further work you would like me to carry out, a price for that work will be agreed on a per hour basis, and again will be confirmed prior to work commencing.


Initial Consultation - No charge

First 10 hours of research - 130.00(minimum 10-hour charge)

Birth, Death and Marriage record - 2.00

Census Record - 2.00

Valuation Rolls copy - 2.00

Military records - 6.00

Family Group Sheet* - 5.00

Certificates for more recent events - 15.00

Create a tree - 50.00

Other documents - To be agreed

*A family group record is created to show the names of the husband, wife, and children of a family. This document will also show birth, marriage, and death information, additional spouses (if any) of the parents, and children’s spouses.

If you are interested or may know of someone who would be, please contact me, or have them contact me, at malcolmgauld@ba-genealogy.com or you can call me on the number below.

Malcolm Gauld

Bon-Accord Genealogy and Probate Research



+44 (0)7703 650505



Family History UK - Free UK Genealogy - Surnames and surnames


family history UK is the latest free UK family tree genealogy and ancestry community portal site, connecting ancestors and living relatives all over the UK. Search for your ancestors, research BMD and Census information, Post or search your Wanted Names - Surnames, build your own online family tree and connect with living relations in the UK.


For information on research recently done on the Isle of Harris, click here.

Clan Erskine Information

My name is Zachary Marrs.  I am descended from “Bobbing” John Erskine, the Earl of Mar who lead the Jacobite uprising of 1715.  I have done extensive genealogical research, and the family name has an unbroken line of succession going all the way back to 1114.  They were descended from Pictish chiefs that go even further back into antiquity.   Please check out my website www.clanerskine.com.  It would love to share the fruits of my research with one and all who are interested, a simple link would suffice if your team will allow it. There are many American descendants of “Bobbing” John, and I want to get the word out about what records exist.


Karen Darby

If anyone is looking for research assistance for their family tree I would like to offer my professional services. I have over 30 years experience in genealogical research. I have extensive experience with researching in Newfoundland but also Canada, United States, United Kingdom and some experience with other countries in Europe and Australia. My background includes a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in History and 18 years employed at Memorial University Libraries. I am located in St. John's so I have access to the Rooms and other resources that are not online.

Please feel free to private message me or email me at karendarby@nf.sympatico.ca for fee information and we can discuss how I may be able to help


Ancestry announced that its indexing of the 1940 census was complete. All 50 states, along with the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Panama Canal Zone, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands are now searchable by name.You can access it in Ancestry Library Edition with your library card at any ASCPL location.

While the completion of the Ancestry index is great news, we all know that indexes do have their limitations and do not always lead us to our ancestors as quickly as we would like. It is often helpful to have an alternate index to use, and with the 1940 census, we do.

The 1940 Census Community Project, the all-volunteer index used on the sites Archives.com, FindMyPast.com and FamilySearch.org, has completed its indexing of all states and the District of Columbia. As of September 4, the full census is searchable at Archives.com and FamilySearch, while FindMyPast.com has 40 states searchable. Between the Ancestry index and the 1940 Census Community Project index, you may be able to find your ancestors without too much trouble. If you need assistance, feel free to contact Special Collections for search tips. Or, refer to the workbook we use in our class. Finding Your Family in US Census. This may be found on our blog at http://sc.akronlibrary.org/, under the Classes and Events tab. If you still have trouble with the name indexes, remember, you may use the 1940 census theo ld-fashioned way, by identifying the enumeration district in which your ancestor lived and then browsing the pages within it. For instructions, refer to the National Archives and Records Administration census page at http://1940census.archives.gov/



Nancy Davis tells us that Pennsylvania has long been considered one of the most difficult states for genealogists trying to access older vital records, but a bill signed into law in December 2011 has finally helped us catch up with the times - at least a little. As of 14 February 2012 the PA Division of Vital Records has opened death records older than 50 years and birth records older than 105 years for public access, and put up free online indexes to both record sets to help facilitate access. The free PA birth index only covers the year 1906, as births from 1907 to the present are still covered by privacy laws, and pre-1906 birth records are held by the counties. The free PA death index covers the years 1906-1961. Unfortunately, the new indices are in digitized, PDF format - organized by year and first letter of the surname. At least they are available online! The birth index for 1906 appears to be currently searchable, but be aware that a search does not necessarily pick up all of the names.




Genealogy at a Glance: Scottish Genealogy Research
By David Dobson

For his installment of the “Genealogy at a Glance” series of laminated research aids, renowned Scottish author David Dobson brings his expertise to bear in a shrewd distillation of facts about Scottish genealogical research. Mr. Dobson uses emigration history as a jumping off point, from there proceeding to tackle the immense body of unique Scottish records which includes Old Parish Records of the Church of Scotland; post-1854 statutory records of births, marriages, and deaths; and census returns from 1841 to 1901.Making clever use of the allotted space, Dobson then focuses on the remaining Scottish genealogical records, from traditional wills and testaments to the lesser known kirk session records and services of heirs. Along the way he seeds the text with research tips and references to key publications, concluding with an indispensable list of online resources, which are now the focal point of Scottish genealogy research.

Click here for: Genealogy at a Glance: Scottish Genealogy Research may well be the best four pages you ever read on Scottish genealogy.

"Find People From the Past: A Genealogy Resource Guide for Kids"

The Scottish Emigration Blog, has been created and maintained by Amanda E. Epperson, Ph.D. This blog explores the Scottish Diaspora with the additional goal of bridging the gap between academic and "armchair" historians.  At the site one can read about blogs, podcasts, and websites that provide information about Scottish emigration or Scotland itself.

Click here to view Amanda's blog spot.

For information on Christine Woodcock's genealogical tours of Scotland, go to our Travel page. 

To check on genealogical tour information, click here.

An excellent resource for those seeing information on UK ancestry is findmypast.co.uk   However, though a trial membership is free, there is a charge to continue to use this site.


Find A Grave in Scotland


Find A Grave Limited is a Renfrewshire based company which offers an online service to those seeking information about, and locations for, the graves of friends, family and people of interest. The service also provides access to information about cremations.

They provide a range of free information and services including:-

         Basic search facility (to check that the information required is available)

         Information about famous people who have died on the date you access the site

         Information and photographs of famous Scottish monuments

Once users have identified that the record they are looking for is available, they can then pay a nominal fee to access more detailed information, including:

         Full names and date of birth/death

         Photographs of the grave

         GPS co-ordinates to help them locate the grave

From each fee generated from users, Find A Grave Limited will make a payment to the cemetery owner, be it the Local Authority or other body, so as well as providing a valuable service for the general public, it will also generate much needed income for local councils at a time when public sector budgets are being drastically cut back.






Information on sources, suggestions for references, specific search criteria.  Our Sas'y expert is Nancy Haggard Davis, who is absolutely mystical in her ability to do detective work on family backgrounds.

Nancy's comments regarding Virginia to Kentucky migration (ref to Rootsweb KYCLARK Digest, Vol.5 Issue 38) 
This rootsweb string is perfect example of why some people can't find their ancestors, and how the old people know more than they think they do, they are just not thinking through their knowledge. So here once again:
(1) if you've thoroughly looked and can't find it, then it's in another place; not just that YOU THINK and ASSUME. 
(2) plus maybe what you are looking for had a prior name in where you are already looking;
      You just have to get past what was told in the family, and think deeply into it; translate that family word into what else it might be;
[I'm cutting the early queries for purpose here, but as to the early points in this string--wonder when they will figure out that they have to look for a church list of people outta Loudon County VA that came to KY with letters of ref...? ]
and then, of course,
(3) one more time from my Dad, and sooooo true:  ... then follow the WATER... "


Newly added Catholic Parish Registers - Births and Baptisms plus modern marriage records from 1934-2006 have now been added to the site. This now gives the range of statutory records as Indexes of Scottish births and deaths (1855-2006) marriages (1855-2006) and images of births(1855-1908), marriages (1855-1933) and deaths (1855-1958).

This may help in your search for census records - US, UK, Canada, etc.

Link to Census records.

Link to UK Government tartan register. Click here:

Arifa Farooq of BBC Scotland is currently working on a program looking at the prevalence of Multiple Sclerosis amongst Scots and those of Scottish descent. From research it shows that Scots seem to have a predisposition to this unfortunate disease. If you or a family member have or has had this disease and have Scottish ancestry, please contact Arifa at:  arifa.farooq@bbc.co.uk

For excellent suggestions on Scottish genealogical reference sources and services, click here for the Rampant Scotland genealogy section.

The official genealogy website of the Scottish Tourism Agency.

Genealogy relationship chart

Our resident genius, Nancy Haggard Davis, has found a long list of web sites for folks to further explore when researching their genealogy.  If you would like to check out her reference sources (and they are excellent), please click on the link below.

Web sites suggested by Nancy for further research.

Nancy says this one is "like a trip to library without getting out of your chair."

The Scottish American Society handles Genealogical enquiries at the Celtic Beltane Festival, games and elsewhere in the Scottish/Celtic community.  Look for us at Scottish and Celtic events and at Genealogy Fairs around the state. 

Ohio Death Certificates up to 1953 are available on line.  Go to the web site: http://www.familysearchlabs.org - click on Record Search - click on the blue words - Register to use Record Search - type in your email address - again for confirmation - then type the security code - it's case sensitive so if the letters are capital - then make sure you capitalize them.  Then scroll down to Ohio Death Certificates - and there are other things to click on as well. 

Ohio Death Certificates up to 1953. Click here for link.

Obituaries Help is a resource for people looking for online and
newspaper obituaries as well as genealogy and family researchers.  We
have free genealogy downloads including a family tree chart and many
advice articles covering everything from how to write an obituary to
using obituaries for genealogy research.  I've listed our information
Title: Newspaper Obituaries - ObituariesHelp.org
Description: Access newspaper obituaries and discover your genealogy
online. Discover obituary resources like old newspaper obituaries
archives and Download free genealogy forms and printable family tree

Mormon Genealogy Information


The immigrations records include all Ellis Island records (1892-1957).
Other ports include:
    --Baltimore Passenger Lists, 1820-1948
    --Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1943
    --California Passenger and Crew Lists, 1893-1957
    --Galveston Passenger Lists, 1896-1948
    --New Orleans Passenger Lists, 1820-1945
    --New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957
    --Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1883-1945

This full collection of more than 100 million immigrant names includes
all readily available U.S. passenger list records from 1820 to 1960. To
access the free collection, go to http://www.ancestry.com/ and click on
the link to "the world's largest collection of passenger lists."


Follow the HISTORY, follow the RELIGIOUS HISTORY, then follow the WATER.




1.       SOURCES


            PLACES TO LQQK:


          Archives –State, Federal

Cemetery Office


County Courthouses

Daughters of the American Revolution/Sons of the American Revolution

Fraternal Orders

Funeral Homes

Genealogical Societies

Historical Societies


Latter Day Saints

Libraries, -Local public, State, Federal and University Libraries

Military Records


National Records

State Records





     (primary person/parents were present at time of record)


Bible Records

Birth Records

Church Records

Court Documents

  -Land Deeds

   (also look at “headrights” –grants in 1600’s from England;

   After Revolution, new government gave payment to soldiers in “bounty lands”;

   and “Homestead Act” -land given by government to help economy and settle new


       -Lawsuits and divorces

       -Probate Records (even in the 1700’s, inventories were included in probates)


Emigration Records

Immigration Records

Marriage Licenses

Marriage Records

Military Records

Naturalization Records

Social Security Applications

Pension Records –applied for by the veteran

Tax Records



(primary person not originator of the record)


Cemetery Records

Census Records

Death Records

Funeral Home/Mortuary Records

Internet information

Newspaper Records

Other genealogists shared material

Pension Records –applied for by the veteran’s spouse or child

Published Genealogies, County histories and books



1st son                       Father’s father
2nd son                       Mother’s father
3rd son                        Father /Father’s Father’s Father
4th son                       Father’s brother /Mother’s Mother’s Father
5th son                       Father’s Mother’s Father
6th son                       Mother’s Father’s Father
1st daughter               Mother’s mother
2nd daughter               Father’s mother
3rd daughter               Mother /Mother’s Father’s Mother
4th daughter               Mother’s sister /Father’s Father’s Mother
5th daughter               Mother’s Mother’s Mother
6th daughter               Father’s Mother Mother

In some cases you will find that the order is reversed with the first and second children, i.e. the First-born son being named after the Mother's father and the Second-born son after the Father's father. If this is the case then the daughters are also usually reversed.

You will also find instances where a child is named 'out of pattern', after an Aunt or Uncle who has died, or after an admired other relative or friend of the parent.

These are only general guidelines and were certainly not always followed.


England & Wales


  • All census records from 1841 to 1901 can be consulted online - either free or for very little cost.
  • All indexes to births, deaths, & marriages are available, many are free.

Start with the Mormon site:  familysearch.org - click on "Advanced Search" and then Census and then British Census.  This should give you England & Wales in April 1881.  For a fee you can consult ancestry.co.uk or

1837online.com  To check state records in Britain you might try freebmd.org.uk.




The project to make available online the handwritten census records in Scotland from 1841 to 1901 has just been completed, with the addition of the very first census in 1841 - when the population of the country was only 2,620,184. The five-year Scotlands People project was launched in 2002 and claims to contain the most comprehensive online set of family history information for any country in the world. It is currently one of the largest single information resources on the web. In addition to the census records, the material includes the indexes to the Old Parish Registers from 1553, indexed digital images of the statutory registers of births for Scotland, 1855-1905, the statutory registers of deaths for Scotland, 1855-1955 , the statutory registers of marriages for Scotland, 1855-1930.
Wills and Testaments from 1513 to 1901 from the National Archives of Scotland are also available. There are 50 million historical records accessible from around the world. Their website has over 400,000 registered users paying to download information. See http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk

Ancestry has completed indexing and digitizing nearly 24 million World War
I and II Draft/Enlilstment Registration Cards.
To celebrate they are offering free access to the WWI database with registration
(your name and email address) from November 12-25, 2005.
To take advantage of this offer you must go to the webpage below and click on the
WWI Draft Cards link near the top...

[NOTE-if you link along and find yourself in Ancestry.com, Ancestry will probably junk email you now, but if anyone wants to dodge that, or want WWII, they can email me and I'll lookup and send if they prefer.  I get the genealogy junk email ads already.]
for the Nov12-25, 2005 free lookup for WWI:

--In Ancestry, I found my Dad's and one Uncle's WWII enlistment, I'm still wondering why my other Uncle was not there.  I kept cutting things from the search until all I had was a name and still didn't turn the one Uncle up.  Interesting to see their occupations at time of enlistment, and trim weight listings.
Also, Latter Day Saints (mormons) are digitizing their collection of family books,
more and more are coming online every day:
The first set of digitized records of Holocaust era documents has been transferred to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington,DC.
International Tracing Service Archive   http://www.ushmm.org/museum/exhibit/focus/its/faq/

This is your spot.  Let us know your need and we will publish it here.
Harper Family - We are decended from Edward Harper, who left London and arrived in Virginia about 1730.  Prior to his arrival in the colonies, we have not been able to find any information.  Any leads would be welcomed, please contact  kirstyharper@gmail.com"
Field Marshall James Keith  (Further information at:  www.electricscotland.com/history/other/jkeith.htm )
I am a member of a group of Berlin (Germany) historians who is looking for present members of the familily of Fieldmarschall James Keith. We are planning the re-erection of a monument in honour of the Field-Marschall James Keith (died in the battle of Hochkirch 1758) and look for living members of the familiy. Please answer on e-mail in order to get in contact.
Dr. Dieter Weigert, Berlin - email:  weigert@garnisonfriedhof-berlin.de