Hints from our Scottish Tool Box

Genealogy Research

The Sites which follow have been selected by our members as those which have proved to be most helpful in getting started to their research work.
Most already feature in both the Society Web Site Links, or in our Tay Valley Group Bookmarks.
What this Page sets out to do, is to plot a helpful course of enquiry for those less seasoned in the vagaries of Scottish procedures and records.

The General Register Office for Scotland

This is the Power house in Scotland for Births, Marriages, and Deaths.
They also handle Census information for Scotland. Apart from the BDM Indexes, and the original documents which they hold,
they do give a fair amount of general guidance on their Page.
All their hard data is nowadays made available for search, or downloading, for a fee, at www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk whose details are outlined below.


This site has been running for several years now,having taken over from Scots Origins as the GRO's Agent.
It provides search facilities, and download facilities. Their introductory information, freely available,
It is expertly laid out, and well worth reading and then printing.
Do not be tempted to spend money until you have read and absorbed their guidance thoroughly,
and even more importantly, set up a search strategy for the people whom you want to research.
Once done, one gets value for money.

The GENUKI family of Sites is a great store house of information
about resources for GENealogy across all the UK and Ireland .
This particular section deals with Scottish resources.

GENUKI - All Scotland

Start here!! The mega-site for Scottish genealogy.
Each County has a page providing a series of items of information for that County, which is repeated in the same manner for Towns and Parishes within that County.
There are many Links scattered around in these GENUKI County pages.
Take time every now and then to start at the begining of GENUKI !! You will be amazed at the scope of guidance offered.
Look for Angus, Perthshire, and even Scottish Church history.

The Latter Day Saints Site

This is the LDS Church's principal Site which carries a vast amount of information, and guidance for researchers.
It does include the IGI data giving indexes to both the Church of Scotland Old Parish Registers, and the later Civil Registrations for births, christenings, and marriages.
The Perthshire information is very incomplete, the IGI fiches fill that gap.
These Indexes should be used as a finding aid towards tracking down the original documents to confirm the event details.
Be careful of Patron submissions.


The Statistical Accounts of Scotland

The complete contents of the First (1791-99) and Second(1845) Statistical accounts of Scotland.
Searchable, printable. Wonderful historical background information
which may include mention of landowners, local industries, antiquities,
natural history, occupations, epidemics, population statistics etc.

Museum of Scotland

The features include an historical timeline of Scottish History through the Ages.


Scottish Parish Search

This facility allows one to search for a Scottish Parish.
One can enter a name, or parish number. A table of entries will show you the number of the Parish,
it's name, and the County where it is located. Registration Districts created in 1854 are also indicated.
This should not be treated as a place name search!

UK Parish Locator

This covers the whole UK and provides OS grid co-ordinates,
to be used in the mapping sites which follow.
It also lists nearby churches and how far away they are.
Remember that folk often lived in one Parish, and went to church in another Parish, because of it's proximity.
This Locator is a data base of church locations, Reg Dists in the UK, with details of founding , and closing dates.
Use as a first line guidance, for further checking elsewhere.

UK Street Map

This site provides address searching and street map facilities for the UK.
Modern street and road maps for the whole UK are made available.
Also some aerial photos for larger centres.

The Ordnance Survey

Click on Get-a-map and enter postcode, place name, or grid nos,
to search for a modern map showing your location.

UK Old Maps

Corn in Egypt - free access to first edition historical maps dating from 1846-1899.
This site allows one to view historical maps simply by entering a place name, an address or grid ref.
Or one can use the County Gazetteer facility to list place names within each County.
Selecting a place will show the historical map for that area.


The National Library of Scotland

Vast collection of documentary history for Scotland,
including a wide range of maps of all scales, and ages!
Manuscripts, Collections from old Estates, Books galore!
There is an on-line catalogue - one can use Telnet.

The National Archives of Scotland ( formerly the Scottish Record Office)

Holds most non C of S Church records, estate records, land and taxation records,
Sasines, Collections of all sorts.

Scottish Catholic Archives

This is a brand new site and holds over 800 years of documentary evidence.
It includes data for the Church of Scotland and the wider world,
has links to Libraries, Archives, Genealogy, and Education and Learning.

Some more Scottish Documents and Archives

ScottishDocuments.com is a relatively new , but rapidly expanding service which provides high quality colour images of Thousands of Scottish wills,
testaments, and inventories for sale at 5 pds stg per document.
The documents from an increasing number of Courts around the country are being made available.

The Scottish Archives Network This site is a collaborative effort between 51 participating Archives around the Country.
SCAN has a growing comprehensive Knowledge Base for FAQs re the location of historical records.

SCRAN.AC.UK SCRAN is the History and Culture site that supports learning through easy access to images, movies, sounds and virtual reality.
SCRAN holds one million records from Scottish Museums, galleries, archives, the media, and the arts.
It's scope is quite breathtaking.

Scots at War This is a Scottish Military History Web Project concentrating on the 20th Century.
This Trust endeavours to advance research, collate information and data sources and to educate the public on the History of Scots at war.
They do aim to be helpful to individuals.

TAMH - Tayside - a Maritime history This is a very helpful review of information about ships, their builders, and owners centred around Tayside.

THe Archives of Dundee University There are many unexpected slugs of genealogical info tucked away in these Archives -
businesses, health services, trades, people.


Updated 11th July 2008

Maintainer Jim Robertson