Chicago Genealogy: Scottish Resources is today’s post.
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.
Loe, Nancy. Finding Scottish Ancestors Online. San Luis Obispo, CA: Sassy Jane Genealogy, 2017. 82-page full-color eBook with direct links to Scottish resources in the U.S. and Scotland.
Cory, Kathleen B. Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry. 3rd ed. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004.
Durie, Bruce. Scottish Genealogy. Stroud, Gloucestershire: The History Press, 2012. Best overall book on Scottish research.
Herber, Mark D. Ancestral Trails: The Complete Guide to British Genealogy and Family History. 2nd ed. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 2006.
Rethford, Wayne, and June Skinner Sawyers. The Scots of Chicago: Quiet Immigrants and Their New Society, 1997.
Innes of Learney, Thomas, Sir. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland. Edinburgh: Johnston, 1938. Includes colored plates of coats of arms.
Scottish Clan Map (free)
COOK-CO-IL. A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical or historical interest in Cook County, Illinois. To subscribe send “subscribe” to email@example.com (mail mode) or firstname.lastname@example.org (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
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
60 West Walton, Chicago, IL 60610 (312) 255-3512
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.