Do you have Scottish ancestors like I think I do? There are some famous Scots out there too; Sean Connery for one, and he is pretty hot for an older gentleman, not to mention his accent! Love it! Well I’m not going to be talking about famous people today, I want to give you the heads up on Scottish genealogy resources that are just a few mouse clicks away! So read on and let me know if any of these have ever worked for you. There are so many resources that you can access through means of the internet. If you are currently researching your ancestral roots of Scotland, below is a list of related links that will take you to there.
Scottish Clans, Myths, and Shops All In One Place
Clans and Castles Oh My!!
General Register Office for Scotland
Much of the research can be done by yourself, through online searches, talking with family members, library visits, or just reading books based on the type of search you may be doing. For myself, I am currently researching and learning about my ancestral roots by way of the internet; learning about Scottish people in general, the Highland Scottish people, and anything that may have to do with my search. When I visit one of the example sites listed above, there are always links to other sites too. Check those out, because it may just lead you in the direction you need to go.
Talk to your living relatives; they may be able to offer you information on a certain person in your search. They may even have photos, birth records, or death certificates that they have saved for whatever reason. I would love to find some of my Sutherland families photos from the time they lived in Scotland, but so far I haven’t been so lucky. So does anyone know of a place that I may search for, that I haven’t already thought of, as far as online photographs?
“The cheapest solution is to find copies held by family members, and photocopy them! Scottish Marriage certificates gave the parents of both parties, including the maiden surnames of both mothers. Best year for detail in certificates is 1855, worst are 1856-l860. Prior to 1855, your main source is the registers of the Church of Scotland (OPR’s, or Old Parochial Registers), all on microfilm, but with much less detail than civil registration.”
(Family Records, Johnson, Gordon. “Do It Yourself – Where to start and other general information..”http://www.kinhelp.co.uk/KinHelp/genealogical-resources-hints/do-it-yourself-where-to-start-and-other-general-information. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jun 2011. <http://www.kinhelp.co.uk/KinHelp>.)