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General Sources:-

You may find the following of interest or in some cases even useful! is our 'sister' site (actually, it is our oldest son!), providing lots of articles on all aspects of Scottish history  The on-line site for  access to the  Scottish records for births, deaths and marriages. The Mormon site, and a very important source of genealogical information up to about 1870. Although useful, it is not infallible, and information gleaned should always be double checked. is a repository of general genealogical information and on-line searches for your ancestors. If your ancestors emigrated to the U.S.A., try looking up the Social Security Death Index A mammoth collection of links to all things genealogical everywhere. For information about immigration to USA, especially via New York. 

Think you may be related to the aristocracy? Try Burke's Peerage!

Burke's Peerage & Gentry also provides general information, including parish names and maps and parish  statistical accounts.   general index for Scotland  details of land registration   for local information

First Name: Last Name:  a new web portal site for genealogists  This site encourages you to trace your ancestors by uploading family photos, documents, family stories etc.  antiquarian books  to download free forms to help you record all of this!


Family Tree Maker Software  A site to exchange information about Scottish births, deaths and marriages   To work out those complicated family relationships - and lots of other useful information too

A site that enables you to display your family tree on a single large page - at very reasonable cost:

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Militaria   This is the site of the Commonwealth Graves Commission, and is the place to go for information if your ancestor was killed in WW1 or WW2.  for links to WW2 sites

Some Commonwealth archives:

Australian sites:  National Archives of Australia   The site of the Maritime Museum in Western Australia, with information about emigrant ships to Australia.  Births, deaths and marriages in New South Wales.  For Queensland records.  Australian certificates

New Zealand   For births, deaths and marriages in New Zealand:

Canada   (select 'genealogy research')  National Library of Canada services to family historians   For all Canadian government archives, including immigration records prior to 1936.  for statistical information about Canadian communities  to obtain proof of Canadian citizenship  an information site with contacts for many municipalities, cities, towns, villages.  Canadian genealogy and history links  immigrant ships transcriber's guild.  for British Columbia vital records.   also for British Columbia records  Canadian Obituaries links page  The Royal Canadian Military Institute

Scots-Irish ancestry  Ulster records   The Eire records may be worth contacting.

England general index for England  the English Family records office 

Interested in how your ancestors lived? Access to the Statistical Accounts of Scotland. Dry as dust? Not at all. Read about  the conditions of life in your ancestor's local parish in the 18th and 19th century.  provides an economic history database  Information on Scottish mining  for information about coal mining  for an insight into pit life  history of mining  also for coal mining for information about archaic occupations - was your ancestor a cordwainer? Other parts of this site are also well worth exploring. an expanding glossary of archaic terms. MedicalTerms.htm  explains archaic medical terms that appear on death certificates. An excellent site.    professions, occupations, trades  Information on the Clearances

General software programs

Family Tree Maker is a highly-regarded, best-selling program. Order it by clicking on the banner:

Family Tree Maker Software  Click on 'Order/download products', then 'software downloads-free', then Personal Ancestry File. A very good, easy to use program for storing your family tree. You can download Brothers Keeper on a trial basis. I haven't used it personally, but it has its fans! another popular program   try before you buy!  and more!

Local societies To join family history societies  the Highland F.H.S.  Tayside   Aberdeenshire and North-East Scotland

164 King Street, Aberdeen AB24 5BD

The home of the Aberdeen and North-East Scotland Family History Society. A model for local family history societies, comprising knowledgeable and helpful volunteer staff, an excellent, well equipped library and bookshop, and regular speakers

Maps etc  For your Ordinance Survey map needs.   National Library of Scotland

Not on-line, as far as I know, but a source of reprints of old maps is:

Caledonian Books, Slains House, Collieston, Ellon, Aberdeenshire AB41 8RT   Tel 01358 751288

Churches and Cemeteries  for monumental inscriptions (M.I.s) in Scotland


Edinburgh Cemetery Records, Mortonhall Crematorium, Howdenhall Road, Edinburgh Tel 0131 664 4314

Glasgow: The Mitchell Library, North Street Glasgow G3 7DN, Tel 0141 287 2937 is also the repository of many records of local cemeteries, as well as storing an invaluable collection of pictures of old Glasgow.

Obituary searches  Obituary archives    links page  search engine

Libraries Directory of family history resources. National Library

Surname search /  tracing people   surname locator current U.K. telephone numbers   telephone numbers world-wide  even more telephone numbers! tracing business addresses/telephone numbers    Place names list Can't find the address on your Glasgow ancestor's certificate? This site lists name changes in Glasgow streets.  for information on shipping and immigration   Information on passenger lists  Did your ancestors emigrate by ship?  If you really must!!!


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