Finding Scottish Ancestors Online eBook


Finding Scottish Ancestors Online offers links to essential and lesser-known resources for Scottish records from 1553 to 1984.

In this Sassy Jane eBook you’ll find church records, wills, tax lists, tenant records, and much more.

Migration records help you find Scots ancestors who left for the US, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. Locate vintage maps and gazetteers to research Scottish ancestral villages and parishes over centuries.

Scottish handwriting, archaic terms, clans and tartans, Scots DNA projects, and more are available to help you find multiple generations of your Scottish ancestors.


Finding Scottish Ancestors Online

In this Sassy Jane eBook, we’ll explore essential and lesser-known sites for Scottish research. Search strategies for finding parish records, civil registrations, court records, tenant and tax lists, newspapers, and other records are also included.

Find Scottish maps and gazetteers to pinpoint ancestral villages over time. From the Scots-Irish to the 20th-century, understand how waves of emigration – the Scottish Diaspora – affected your ancestors. Help with naming conventions, Scottish handwriting, archaic terms, clans and tartans, Scots DNA and more are included in Finding Scottish Ancestors Online.


Discover more about The Emigrants, this painting of the James MacKay family, who emigrated from the Highlands to New Zealand, in 1844 at Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand.

Chapter 1: Researching Scottish Immigrant Ancestors

  • Searching for Scots Ancestors
  • Waves of Emigration from Scotland, 1610-1920
  • Scots Emigration/Immigration Resources
    • Scots-Irish
    • Colonial America and the US
    • Canada
    • Australia
    • New Zealand

Chapter 2: Scottish Records and Search Strategies

  • Before Searching Scottish Records
  • Free Online Scotland Resources
  • Subscription Scotland Resources Online

Chapter 3. Location and Place Name Research

  • A Vision of Britain Through Time
  • Phillimore Atlas & Index of Parish Registers
  • National Library of Scotland Maps

Chapter 4: Supporting Resources

  • Books and Maps
  • Scottish Archive Network (SCAN)
  • Scottish Handwriting
  • Surnames, Clans, Tartans
  • Research Tutorials
  • Scots DNA

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