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Chicago Genealogy: Scottish Resources

Chicago Genealogy: Scottish Resources is today’s list.

Please note: This list is meant to include resources in addition to the ones found at the traditional genealogical sites like FamilySearch, Ancestry, Fold3, and the like. And the lists are by no means exhaustive, so if you know of other digital collections on Chicago and Illinois that you’ve found useful in your research, please let me know.


Cory, Kathleen B. Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry. 3rd ed. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004.

Herber, Mark D. Ancestral Trails: The Complete Guide to British Genealogy and Family History. 2nd ed. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 2006.

Reid, Judith P. Family Ties in England, Scotland, Wales & Ireland: Sources for Genealogical Research. Washington: Library of Congress, 1998.

Rethford, Wayne, and June Skinner Sawyers. The Scots of Chicago: Quiet Immigrants and Their New Society, 1997.

Steward, Alan. Gathering the Clans: Tracing Scottish Ancestry on the Internet. Chichester. West Sussex, England: Phillimore, c. 2004.


Innes of Learney, Thomas, Sir. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland. Edinburgh: Johnston, 1938. Includes colored plates of coats of arms.

Scotland of Old:  Clan Maps of Scotland

Scottish Clan Map

Internet List

COOK-CO-IL. A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical or historical interest in Cook County, Illinois. To subscribe send “subscribe” to (mail mode) or (digest mode).

Illinois Newspaper Project

The Illinois Newspaper Project (INP) is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and administered by the Library of Congress as part of the U.S. Newspaper Program (USNP) and the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

Under the USNP, the INP team traveled throughout Illinois inventorying and cataloging collections held by libraries and repositories, private organizations, and individuals. A Web-based searchable database of all newspapers discovered and preserved through the project is available. All microfilm produced for INP is made available through interlibrary loan.

Search here by title or OCLC number for information on repository and holdings for the following Chicago Scottish newspaper titles:

British American – published in Chicago OCLC no. 25538640

Western British American – published in Chicago OCLC no. 23181535


The Illinois Saint Andrew Society and links to Chicago Scottish history, genealogy, and folklore

The Scottish Home
2800 Des Plaines Avenue
North Riverside, IL 60546

In 1846 Chicago Scots founded the Illinois Saint Andrew Society, the oldest charitable institution in the state. Today, the Society is a membership-based non-profit, dedicated to serving the Scottish-American community, preserving Scottish tradition and promoting Scottish culture. The Society welcomes everyone who is Scottish by birth, by heritage, or simply by inclination. They sponsor the annual Chicago Scots Scottish Festival and Highland Games.

Periodicals & Articles

Newberry Library

60 West Walton, Chicago, IL 60610 (312) 255-3512

Scottish Genealogy

Encyclopedia of Chicago – Scots

The Scottish Genealogist. [Edinburgh]: The Scottish Genealogy Society. V. 1 (1954) – present. Indexes available. Newberry Call # E67. 8355.

MacMillan, Thomas C. “The Scots and Their Descendants in Illinois.” Illinois State Historical Society Transactions, no. 26 (1919): 31–85.

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  1. Lee 15 May 2011 at 9:43 PM

    At their annual Scottish Festival and Highland Games, the St. Andrew Society always has a genealogy tent staffed with knowledgeable volunteers and a number of basic reference books (probably many of the ones you listed). It’s a nice place to start and the volunteers can help direct you. There are also tents at the festival from many clans. They always have a list of the various names associated with the clan and people who love to talk family history and genealogy research. Plus there is food, bagpipe bands and men in kilts.

  2. Sassy Jane Genealogy 16 May 2011 at 9:58 AM

    I have got to plan a trip to Chicago during that Festival – it sounds great, Lee.

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