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Geneaology Help Page


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If you are building your genealogy, brick by brick, this page will help you.


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Genealogy Help For My Scottish Friends


In a recent letters to groups I have mentioned that I often gets requests for assistance from people trying to research their own family tree. Whilst I have a wealth of knowledge about most of the Scottish clans, I know from my own experience the difficulty of trying to help people who are trying to trace specific ancestors - particularly if the researcher is 5,000 or more miles away from the parish records in Scotland!

I am not a Genealogist, and I have therefore, developed a response to such enquiries which gives some basic information and pointers to a number of Web sites where more background can be obtained. I thought that some of the my readers minght find it helpful - and might encourage others to start their own family research - so here it is:

First of all, get as many details as possible from other members of the family - especially the older generation! Getting copies of birth, marriage, death, land sale, land transfer, land purchase, court house, and any records or certificates can be extremely helpful but even recollections of names and places can put some of the jig-saw into place.

The important thing to remember is that ALL useful records have been centralised in New Register House, Edinburgh. (In England many of the records are still in county records offices, making life a great deal more difficult for genealogists!) Births, marriages and deaths in Scotland from 1857 are on a computerised search system in "New Register House". To date these records are now "on-line." All the parish records and census records are on microfilm from earlier times, all available in New Register House. You will get the details from their Web site at http://www.open.gov.uk/gros/nrh.htm.

If you get the opportunity to visit Edinburgh and New Register House you can access all these records if you obtain a "day ticket". Don't worry if you don't know where to start or how to use the records and the local PC database - the staff there are extremely helpful. But do remember that New Register House gets VERY busy in summer and space is limited - on a first come, first served basis.

I would suggest trying to get a copy of a book on genealogy research. Try some of the 'on-line' book stores listed in on the internet business pages - if you cannot get one locally, "Tracing your Scottish Ancestors" by Cecil Sinclair or "Scottish Roots" by Alwyn James are both good.

Also,try to access the "International Genealogical Index" or IGI produced on microfiche by the Mormon Church. IT IS ONLINE NOW, AND HAS EXTENSIVE FILES. It lists all the births and marriages, by Scottish county and has been created from all the available old parish records so entries go back to the 16th century (though many gaps, depending on the records surviving - and how good the minister of the day was at keeping the records up to date!) This is available at the Mormon Church "shops" in the USA and main libraries in Scotland. As I say it is online now, so use a search engine....putting in The Mormon Church Records.

You can find more explanations on researching your family tree from various Web sites -there are many of these genalogy links (over 40) listed in the search engines Yahoo; Alta Vista, and others as well Scotland geneaology pages (see home page addresses below)

However, I would particularly recommend:
http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/RJWinters/gene-faq.htm
http://www.cw.globalweb.co.uk/buchan/records.htm
http://smtp.tbox.com/genealogy/aseuruz.html#uk
http://www.oz.net/~cyndihow/scotland.htm ,is also excellent, if somewhat overwhelming (over 17,000 genealogical links!)

There are also professional firms available who will carry out research for you (for a fee, of course!).

Good hunting! ALSO......
Many of these records are now on-line.


URL's or web sites:
http://www.cw.globalweb.co.uk/buchan/records.htm
http://smtp.tbox.com/genealogy/aseuruz.html#uk
http://www.oz.net/~cyndihow/scotland.htm is also excellent, if somewhat overwhelming (over 17,000 genealogical links!)


The Scottish Genealogy Society


The Scottish Genealogy Society was founded in Edinburgh on 30 May 1953 by a group of historians and genealogists. The aims of the Society are to promote research into Scottish family history and to undertake the collection,and publication of material relating to genealogy.

In accordance with the wishes of the original members, the Society remains academic and consultative and does not engage itself professionally in record searching. Queries from members of the Society will be answered if the information is readily available in the Library, but it is not possible to carry out detailed research. The Society can supply a list of members who are professional searchers, but any commission of this kind must be carried out independently of the Society.

Membership of the Society is currently at an annual subscription of:
£14 UK; $35 CAN / AUS,
$38 NZ; $28 US
payable on 1st October, (Family membership £17 UK).

The quarterly journal,The Scottish Genealogist,is issued free to members, who may insert queries free of charge. A charge is made for each query non-members. Single copies of the current journal may be obtained by non-members from the Sales Secretary at £4.25 UK each, inc. postage.

The Editor will be pleased to receive articles, queries, letters etc. for publication in the journal.

Ordinary Meetings of the Society are held from September to April, excluding December, usually on the 15th of the month, at 7.30 p.m., further details are published in the Journal.

Since the Society does not engage itself professionally in record searching, the Council has established a Library and Family History Centre, at a charge for non members of £5 UK per day, subject to the availability of space. At present, printed books, manuscripts, periodicals, journals, microfilm and microfiche are collected. The Society always welcomes gifts of the material mentioned above, and they should be sent to :


The Scottish Genealogy Society,
15 Victoria Terrace,
Edinburgh EH1 2JL,
Scotland


The Library and Family History Centre:
The Library and Family History Centre is situated in the heart of the Old Town of Edinburgh, just off the Royal Mile, close to the Castle, National Library of Scotland and the Edinburgh Central Library. The Library is located at the West end of Victoria Terrace in a building with vaulted arches dating from the eighteenth century. The Library is open at the following times :

Tuesday - 10.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.,
Wednesday - 10.30 a.m. to 8.30 p.m.,
Saturday - 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.,
except on public holidays i.e. Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day etc.

The Library has facilities to make copies from books, microfilm and microfiche. The Library can be telephoned or faxed on +44 0131 220 3677.

or

e-mail, scotgensoc@sol.co.uk


Holdings:- From its foundation the Society has collected books and associated genealogical material. The Library now contains several thousand books, covering various subjects such as :

ïResearch aids and directories

ïFamily history

ïPeerage

ïBiography

ïHeraldry

ïTopography

ïGeneral Scottish History

ïTrades and Professions

ïTrades and County directories

ïEmigration lists

ïSchool and University rolls

ïMilitary works including rolls of honour, medal rolls, casualty lists and pensioners.

In addition, books relating to families in other countries around the world, especially from Ireland and the Commonwealth, have been donated to the Library. Complete runs of journals from all the Scottish Family History Societies are available to the researcher.

The Society since its foundation has been actively engaged in transcribing gravestone inscriptions and has built up the largest collection of Scottish monumental inscriptions in the world. Published lists for many areas are on sale ("click on" Sales and Publications below) and photocopies of unpublished lists are available. The work is still ongoing and people wishing to transcribe a graveyard are encouraged to contact the Society to avoid duplication.

The Society has a large collection of microfilm, comprising about 60% of the Old Parish Registers of Scotland. The Society also has microfiche copies of the 1881 census for all of the UK except Scotland. Other microfiche holdings include :

ïthe Index to births and marriages in the Old Parish Registers of Scotland

ïthe 1992 IGI for the UK

ïGlasgow Directories up to 1885

ïthe Bibliography of Scotland
Sales and Publishing

The Society has over 300 titles for sale and the sales list is regularly added too.

(Last Update - 5th May 1997). The Society has an active publishing programme and is willing to consider, for publication, works by Society Members When corresponding with the Society a stamped, addressed envelope with two international reply coupons would be greatly appreciated.

Subscription Forms for payment by Cheque, Deed of Covenant and Bankers Order can be obtained from :

For UK Residents
Barbara A. Revolta
Scottish Genealogy Society
15 Victoria Terrace
Edinburgh EH1 2JL, Scotland


The Ulster Immigrants (Scots-Irish Protestants) http://www.folkpark.com/


For Overseas residents
Overseas Membership Secretary
Scottish Genealogy Society
15 Victoria Terrace
Edinburgh EH1 2JL
Scotland

Your e-mail address: or your home address:

I wish to become a Member of The Scottish Genealogy Society and authorise the debit of my credit card (Visa or Access/Mastercard) for my subscription for the period ending 30th September 1999.

(Note):
REMEMBER; IF YOU GIVE YOUR PERSONAL FAMILY INFORMATION TO A GENEAOLOGY SERVICE, YOU HAVE GIVEN UP YOUR RIGHTS TO HAVE THAT INFORMATION KEPT CONFIDENTIAL. ALMOST ALL OF THESE SERVICES PUT THAT INFORMATION IN A DATABASE, THAT IS ACCESSIBLE TO ALL. IF YOU HAVE NO CONCERNS ALONG THAT LINE, YOU WILL HAVE NO SECOND THOUGHTS TO GIVING OUT THE INFORMATION......JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW THE CONSEQUENCES.(Nance)



PUBLICATIONS:

ïA Scottish Genealogists Glossary

- L. R. Burness - £1.50 - 70 gms. ïScottish Trades Professions - D. R. Torrance - £3.75 - 170 gms.

ï17th Century Scottish Seafarers -

David Dobson - £3.00 - 90 gms.

ïJacobites of the '15 - David Dobson - £4.50 - 30 gms.

ïMembers Publications Handbook - ed. S.M. Spiers - £1.50 - 70 gms.

ïParishes, Registers Registrars - ed. S.M. Spiers - £3.75 - 190 gms.

ïThe Scots Overseas - Donald Whyte - £3.00 - 130 gms.

ïWeights Measures - D. R. Torrance - £3.75 - 110 gms.

ïCatholic Family History Bibliography - M. Gandy - £4.50 - 65 gms.

ïScottish Seafarers of the Eighteenth Century - David Dobson - £3.00 - 90 gms.


Prices do not include postage, instead the weight in grams is given, so that the postage can be calculated as follows : Weight UK 2nd Class N. America

Air Mail Australia Air MailSurface

all Countries 61 - 100gms.31p.£1.06

£1.1875p.101 - 150gms.38p.£1.53£1.75

£1.06151 - 200gms.45p.£1.84£2.12£1.36



ANOTHER PROMISING LINK FROM AUSTRALIA:

GENEALOGY HELP FROM AUSTRALIA
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Author, Nancy MacCorkill
Clans Gunn, MacLeod of Lewis and Keith (Marshall)
Historian of the Ancient Clans of Scotland
The SCM History ProBoards Discussion - co-moderator
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I have given you the very best information that I am aware of and I hope it helps you in your search.
Slainte;
Nancy


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