Chicago Genealogy: Scottish Resources is today’s post.

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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.

Genealogy Guide

Finding Scottish Ancestors Online

Finding Scottish Ancestors Online

Loe, Nancy. Finding Scottish Ancestors Online. San Luis Obispo, CA: Sassy Jane Genealogy, 2017. 82-page full-color e-book with direct links to Scottish resources in the U.S. and Scotland.

This Sassy Jane Genealogy Guide helps you use leading websites and lesser-known databases for Scottish research, featuring search strategies for finding parish records, civil registrations, marriages, wills, tax lists, property assessments, burial registers, and other records.

You’ll also find resources for Scottish place names and geographical location research, and discover supporting resources, including help with Scottish handwriting, clans and tartans, and tutorials to advance your skills with Scottish records.


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

Chicago Genealogy: Scottish ResourcesDurie, Bruce. Scottish Genealogy. Stroud, Gloucestershire: The History Press, 2012. Best overall book on Scottish research.

Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors: The Official Guide. National Archives of Scotland. 6th ed. Edinburgh: Birlinn, 2012

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.

Scotland of Old:  Clan Maps of Scotland

Scottish Clan Map (free)

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 [email protected] (mail mode) or [email protected] (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


Chicago Genealogy: Scottish ResourcesThe Illinois Saint Andrew Society (aka Chicago Scots) 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.