GENEALOGY
For the Scottish Heritage

JUST A FEW SUGGESTIONS:

Access to information may be free, but you must "do it yourself" or pay some researcher to do it on your behalf. Learn as much as you can about the reliable sources in the system. Be prepared for some significant costs. I trust that the section on fraud, hoaxes, scams and myths will inform but not discourage you.

Nevertheless, I encourage everyone to make genealogy their hobby. Start your collection of data close to home. Use the Scottish resources when you have assembled sufficient information. Eventually, you may begin to develop hypotheses about the ages of males at marriage, the difference in ages between spouses, the patterns of naming children, etc. Always question the conclusions of others. There are regional differences. Families are unique. Explore your own questions and answers. Enjoy the hobby. I rarely give advice and nobody could afford to pay me for my genealogical services. Thank you for your understanding.

It helps if you know where your ancestors came from in Scotland. Many Clan societies [E.g. - Clan Ross Association of Canada, Inc.] publish newsletters, which include genealogical inquiries from MEMBERS or VISITORS in a Family History Corner. By the way, not everybody knows the genealogical connection between your great uncle John's third cousin twice removed and a great-great-grandmother Elspet on your maternal side. Be explicit. Proofread your inquiries. Finally, don't give up your search.

Do NOT pay for a "family coat-of-arms", which doesn't belong to you, unless you belong to the family of a Chief of the Clan. Beware of carnival hacks, who promise your family history for a paltry sum of a couple of bucks. You can discover much more on your own.

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A GOOD PLACE TO START
MY HERITAGE
My Heritage has partnered with Family Search to help you discover, preserve and share your family history --- Free!
ANCESTRY
Your search for many answers to your genealogical questions can begin here.
CYNDI'S LIST
This website has over 250,000 links, but here is a FAST TRACK to the Scottish links.
A series of articles by Larry Ruickbie provides tips, info and tricks that may be useful.
Whether you are a beginner or not, you might enjoy some of the 30 lessons provided by the RootsWeb organization at the bottom.
ROSS AND CROMARTY
This website is part of the RootsWeb/GenWeb Scotland project to provide information about the individual counties.
FAMILY HISTORY CENTRES
Websites for the Family History Centres are hosted by RootsWeb. Some collected items are helpful, but accuracy is not always guaranteed.
FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARIES
The largest collection in the world of free genealogy records is preserved at Family History Libraries by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
PEOPLE FINDERS
This resource was sent by 8th graders studying family history in Mary Ward's class in Chicago.
OTHER RESOURCES
SCOTLAND'S PEOPLE
This is the official government source of genealogical data for Scotland. It is a partnership between the General Register Office, the National Archives of Scotland, The Court of the Lord Lyon and Scotland On Line.
GENERAL REGISTER OFFICE
The General Registry Office in Scotland is the main source of family history records.
SCOTTISH ARCHIVE NETWORK
The Scottish Archive Network provides internet access to the written history of Scotland.
SCOTTISH GENEALOGY SOCIETY
The Scottish Genealogy Society promotes and collects research into family history.
ASSOCIATION OF SCOTTISH GENEALOGISTS AND RESEARCHERS IN ARCHIVES
The Association of Scottish Genealogists and Researchers in Archives provides a list of reliable professional researchers with full contact details to arrange private commissions
CLANS OF SCOTLAND
SCOTTISH CLANS
The aim of this site is to link Scottish clans worldwide from Scotland and to help you find your Scottish roots. Other free aids are offered.
SCOTTISH CLANS
Electric Scotland provides a list of all clans approved by the Court of the Lord Lyon. You are encouraged to visit your own clan's website for the official History and list of Septs.
FRAUD & MYTHS
CAVEAT EMPTOR
FAST TRACK: | CAVEAT 01 | CAVEAT 02 | CONNED 1 |
The advertisements are very subtle!
FRAUD
This website also provides a great list of scams for the gullible customer.
MYTHS
You might trust Cyndislist to tackle some popular myths, hoaxes and scams.
REFERENCES (CANADIAN)
CANADIAN GENEALOGY CENTRE
The Canadian Genealogy Centre contains all physical and online genealogical services of Library and Archives Canada. The site has many very helpful links.
UNDETERMINED USEFULNESS
GENWEB PROJECTS
FAST TRACK: Go to the Scotland Genweb Project. Scroll down to the Shires (based upon Sheriffdoms) or true Counties (which had Earls/Counts in the past).
BRITISH ISLES
A very general reference . . .
DNA
Genealogy by genetics is the newest addition to the researcher's tool kit. It is also very costly.
GATEWAY
Here is a reference that is useful for some general guides and links. It is less useful for Scottish searches.



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