Sunday, 30 May 2010

Researching Scottish Family History (Paperback)

Written by our Good friend Chris Paton,this
book is a must for all Genealogists.
(click the title for a link)

Researching Scottish Family History is a detailed
introductory guide to those wishing to explore
their Caledonian roots. Published by the Family
History Partnership, which aims to provide
genealogical books at an affordable price, the
book is a packed 120 page guide to all areas
of Scottish research, with information both on
traditional and internet based resources.

The book starts with a basic chapter in getting
started, detailing how to get the best out of
talking to your relatives, ways and means to
record your research and more. The second
chapter continues with a guide to the institutional
lay of the land, the records repositories that will
help with your efforts, including the most
detailed guide to the new ScotlandsPeople
Centre yet committed to print, as well as
various other institutions in both Scotland
and England that may help with your research.

The next five chapters provide detailed coverage
of the basic statutory, parish, census and probate
documents used within Scottish research, as well
as an in depth look at the role of the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Scottish
research. The remainder of the book deals
with the unique records connected to Scottish
land holdings, occupational research records
(including for Scots in the armed forces),
the relevance and methods of DNA research,
heraldry and tartans, and other useful sources.
Filled with handy tips throughout, the book also
provides many useful contextual asides on various
aspects of Scottish history relevant to your
ancestral pursuit - why are there no bishops'
transcripts for Scotland, for example, and how
do you prove whether your ancestor really
was a Jacobite soldier? Completing the book
are handy appendices listing the contact details
of all Scottish based county archives, family
history societies and comainn eachdraidh, making
this an absolute essential for your personal
genealogical library.


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