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Finding Scottish Ancestors Online

Find your elusive Scots ancestors with this step-by-step guide.

In this Sassy Jane Guide you’ll learn about familiar and less-known websites and databases for finding Scottish records, from the 1560s to the recent past. Many records are indexed and digitized, making Scottish records fun and illuminating to use.

Discover the best ways to search records from Scotland and where to find supporting resources, including help locating place names, deciphering Scottish handwriting, and researching clans and tartans. Add new research skills and watch your Scottish family tree flourish.

Finding Scottish Ancestors Online

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Researching your Scottish immigrant ancestor(s) is covered in chapter one, with search strategies for U.S. and migration records and direct links to resources online.

The second chapter has 15 pages of links to free and pay sites for digitized Scottish records, including births, marriages, and  deaths in parishes, civil registrations, wills, property records, burial registers, and newspapers.

Finding locations where your Scots ancestors lived is very important, so chapter three provides links to county and parish information and how boundaries changed over time.

The fourth chapter includes direct links to books, maps, tutorials, DNA information, and emigration from Scotland to other countries, such as Australia and New Zealand. Also included is information on deciphering handwriting in older Scottish records, and resources for surnames, clans, and tartans.

Learn how to find your elusive Scots ancestors with this step-by-step guide.

Finding Scottish Ancestors Online is a 82-page full-color PDF download for $4.99 and has four sections:

  • Researching Scottish Immigrant Ancestors

  • Using Scottish Records & Search Strategies

  • Location/Place Name Research

  • Supporting Resources

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 Finding Scottish Ancestors Online

Introduction   6

Inside This Guide   6

A. Researching Scottish Immigrant Ancestors 7

  • Before You Search 8
  • Waves of Emigration from Scotland 9
  • Emigration/Immigration Databases 11
  • Naturalization & Alien Records 17

B. Scottish Records & Search Strategies 19

  • Before You Search 20
  • Free Online Scotland Resources 25
  • Commercial Online Scotland Resources 31

C. Location and Place Name Research 52

D. Supporting Resources 60

  • Books and Maps 61
  • Online Catalog to Archives 63
  • Digital Archive 63
  • Glossary 65
  • Scottish Handwriting 66
  • Surnames, Clans, Tartans 67
  • Books and Maps 67
  • Scottish Association of Family History Societies 68
  • Surnames – ScotlandsPeople 69
  • DNA 72
  • Scots Immigration to Other Countries 72

Conclusion   76

  • About Sassy Jane Genealogy Guides  76
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