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General discussion relating to Scottish family history (Also see Places / Counties for specific forums)

  1. Lightbulb Sticky Thread Sticky: Sources: National Records of Scotland et al

    The web site belonging to the National Records of Scotland HERE is a treasure trove that's free to use. Select the first option under "Catalogues". This link should take you straight there. Click on "search". Put a keyword or words into the top box and then click on "search". You will then get a...

    Started by Lesley Robertson‎, 06-10-2008 11:33 AM
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  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Scotlands People

    Scotlands People (SP) is the on-line site for records held by the National Records of Scotland. You must register to use most of the site. Access to the detailed indexes is free but to see the images of records you must buy credits in groups of 30, and how many you use per record depends on what...

    Started by Lesley Robertson‎, 16-10-2013 8:00 PM
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  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: Poor Relief Indexes

    Stirling Archives have indexed Poor Relief records which cover 14 Stirlingshire parishes. The records include General Register of Poor, Applications for Relief and Parish minutes, for the period 1814-1934. The actual records indexed and the period they cover varies by parish. ...

    Started by christanel‎, 22-07-2016 9:26 PM
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  4. Sticky Thread Sticky: The Basics - Church records

    Old Parochial Registers (OPR). These are the registers of the Church of Scotland and show baptisms and banns/marriages from before 1855. There was no standard format for recording - you may find a lot of information, but you may also find that even the mother of a baby isnít mentioned. Iíve seen a...

    Started by Lesley Robertson‎, 18-10-2013 8:12 PM
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  5. Lightbulb Sticky Thread Sticky: Sources: The Places Where They Lived

    Now that you’ve found some ancestors, you should also have discovered where they were living, at least at the time that record was made. Do not underestimate the distances that people moved (after all, some of them ended up in the New World!). The move might have been work-related - for example,...

    Started by Lesley Robertson‎, 04-10-2008 6:02 PM
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  6. Sticky Thread Sticky: The Basics - Statutory Records (BMDs etc)

    The Basics, What information is available on the Statutory Records? BMDs started in 1855 in Scotland and Scots have had the right to see their own information since the times of King James VI. The full index is available online , but modern images are not. If you need them, you need to visit...

    Started by Lesley Robertson‎, 18-10-2013 7:40 PM
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  1. Searching for my McLachlan ancestors!

    I would appreciate any advice or help you have to offer! My beloved grandfather, John McLachlan, passed away last year and has left me feeling quite untethered in this world. As a result I started digging into his past to try and find records of my ancestors in an effort to reconnect and to...

    Started by LAC006‎, 11-01-2018 2:06 AM
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  2. McCulloch - Edinburgh

    Hello Helpful suggestions welcomed so I can start on my Scottish ancestry. Problem I have is my grandmother, I never knew her so that doesn't help. Her name was Jean McCulloch, now I have a recollection of my Mother referring to her as Jean Wilson McCulloch but I'm not certain. Her...

    Started by amg2512‎, 17-02-2009 5:01 PM
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  3. Isabel of Scotland, born 1165

    This princess married Robert de Ros; her father was William (The Lion) , King if Scotland, but who was her mother? Was it Isabel Avenal, making her illegitimate or Ermengarde de Beaumont (wife of King William)?

    Started by Jean Crane‎, 16-05-2017 12:55 PM
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  4. Red face O'Neill's in Paisley, Scotland

    Had so much help with the Martin's in my family Now, looking for some on the O'Neill's. I have traced back my family to about the 1790's with a Torrence O'Neill marrying an Agnes Peacock. They had a son Charles O'Neill born 1816 died 1868 and married Alice Reid b. 1823 d. 1891. Charles & Alice had...

    Started by Alby65‎, 31-05-2011 8:44 PM
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  5. Wink Robert Aitken

    I'm looking for the Aitken family in Scotland,they arrived Moreton Bay Australia 1855,aboard the Ship,"William Miles" but I can't locate them in Scotland. Does anyone have the 1851 census returns,or parish records for possible marriage of Robert Aitken to Elizabeth Blair. or baptisms of their...

    Started by Hugh Thompson‎, 13-09-2008 2:15 AM
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  6. David Taylor c1814 Cupar

    Found your forum while continuing my research on David Taylor born about 1814 in Cupar Fifeshire Scotland. Had previously thought his birth was 1828,but later found Death Certificate in Canada dated 1890 with age 76 listed and was signed by one of his sons as a witness. So any help would be great! ...

    Started by Flxgal‎, 29-09-2015 12:09 AM
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  7. Normans in Scotland before 1066

    Did any of the Norman nobility settle peacefully and intermarry with Scots before 1066?

    Started by Jean Crane‎, 10-03-2017 7:10 AM
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  8. Moved: Parents of William MacKay born c1817

    Started by Teochter‎, 06-03-2017 5:37 PM
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  9. Rankin

    My Rankin Brick wall has driven me insane for about 20 yrs .... My husbands Gt Gt grandfather William Rankin just appears on the 1841 census in Dudley West Midlands he was with 3 or 4 other young people all Tailors and all from Scotland ( don't know where in Scotland ) He ( William ) stayed got...

    Started by Babstonks‎, 22-01-2017 5:37 AM
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  10. Isle of Lewis

    I have hit a brick wall researching the Macdonald family from Isle of Lewis. Murdo mac Dhughaill MacDonald born 1789 14 Eoropie died 1868 Eoropie Isle of Lewis Son of Dougal mac Chalum Macdonald born 1760 married to Catherine Campbell Son of Malcolm Macdonald born 1740 Would appreciate any...

    Started by lnrmcdnld‎, 04-03-2016 2:38 AM
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  11. William MacKay Northern Fencibles

    Hello I am searching for my gggg great grandfather William MacKay was a Soldier in Northern Fencibles he married at Greenock Old or West Renfrewshire in 1797 Please does anybody know where the records are for this regiment abd if I can trace him just on this information because I don't know his...

    Started by smithy61‎, 27-10-2016 4:50 PM
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  12. George Smith Mitchell b. Dec 1856

    Emigrated to Canada in 1882. Worked as a miller/stone mason. Marriage: George Smith MITCHELL, 27, New Deer Scotland, Owen Sound, Mechanic s/o James & Jane MITCHELL married Elizabeth Ann WILSON, 19, illegible Canada, Nassagaweya d/o Robert & Sarah Wilson; Witn: John King & Caroline Wilson, both...

    Started by HBCwife‎, 13-10-2016 9:52 AM
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  13. ScotlandsPeople temporary closure in Sept

    From ScotlandsPeople We are writing to let you know that the ScotlandsPeople website will be unavailable from Wednesday 7 September 2016 at 23.59 (BST). This is due to essential planned work which is taking place over this time. The work is expected to be completed and service resumed by Monday...

    Started by Sue Mackay‎, 15-08-2016 12:37 PM
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  14. H F Dunnachie

    if anyone can find me some parents for this gentleman I would be enormously grateful. I think he might have hailed from Perthshire. Hugh Fleming Dunnachie born 17 June 1909.

    Started by wimsey‎, 14-08-2016 6:53 AM
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  15. Nathaniel Smith c1776

    Hi I'm David. I have been researching both my own and my wife's family tree. Her ancestors are Smiths quite a common name. Looking to find birth details of Nathaniel Smith who was born circa 1776. He died in Montrose in 1846 but can find no formal birth record for him or his wife Ann Meldrum born...

    Started by Davidd51‎, 08-08-2016 7:19 PM
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  16. Anglo-Scottish migrants 1603 - 1762

    As part of a project funded funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, entitled ‘Anglo-Scottish Migration and the Making of Great Britain, 1603-1762’, the University of Manchester has now completed a database of Scots who made their way to England in the seventeenth and eighteenth...

    Started by Pam Downes‎, 15-06-2016 12:05 AM
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  17. Smile Barton/McLuckie ancestors in Scotland

    Hi everyone, My name is Michelle and I am from Alberta, Canada. I have been working on my family history for about a month now. Wow, it can be very time consuming... and stressful, and rewarding. I am at a roadblock when it comes to my 3rd great grandfather (James Barton). From what I...

    Started by MBarton‎, 01-06-2016 5:58 PM
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  18. Reactivate inactive Scotlands people credits

    One of the irritations of using SP's credit points is that they eventually go dormant - they don't actually vanish from your account, but can only be activated if you buy more. SP has now announced that between 5-22 May (2016), inactive credits can be activated without purchasing more. To do...

    Started by Lesley Robertson‎, 08-05-2016 2:47 PM
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  19. Looking for Daniel Wallace Gaston

    Hi, Am trying to help a friend find her paternal grandfather Daniel Wallace Gaston, who the family know nothing of other than he was born in Scotland. He married in the March quarter of 1928 in Middlesbrough's to Mary Wallace, and had Wallace Gaston in May 1928, all now deceased. The family...

    Started by carolp‎, 30-01-2016 10:22 AM
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  20. William Spunner - 1841 Edinburgh

    Hello, I'm trying to locate William SPUNNER in 1841 in Scotland; I do not know his date or place of birth, but his father was John Spunner, a labourer. http://www.geni.com/people/William-Spunner/6000000036983959341 Mary Sheldon, my fourth great aunt, was born c.1817 in Rushall,...

    Started by cgsheldon‎, 31-01-2016 11:40 AM
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