Scotland Research on the Internet
Updated June 23, 2017
This page was prepared by Barbara
Lewis for her class, Scottish Research on the
which is taught periodically at the Ogden Family Search Library, in Ogden, Utah.
Familysearch -Family Tree
Library Catalog on FamilySearch Click on SEARCH at the top and then CATALOG
Always check the FamilySearch Library Catalog to see what holdings the LDS Family History Library has for your parish. Burial records are scarce, but check your parish to see if there are some there. In the library catalog, church records that are followed by indexes show that LDS has extracted those records and are now found on newFamilySearch/Family Tree)
2--Online Research Classes from LDS: Any Scottish researcher would benefit from these classes...Click on "anyplace" at the left to change countries.
3--Scotland on WIKI:...a place to start your research....GREAT MAP...topics of interest at the left
OR BETTER YET...
Go to familysearch.org....up to the SEARCH Tab, down to WIKI, and to the search engine entitled SEARCH FOR PLACE OR TOPIC. Enter a place in Scotland: parish, county, etc...
and you will get a new page that includes great online information for that place. If you're looking on a Parish page, look for a special CHART that is shown under CHURCH RECORDS.
4--POOR LAW: Be sure to check
Law" in your Library Catalog. I found a gold mine of
information here. You may find just an index, or you may find
the actual records on microfilm.
See this link for someone who is
willing to to a "look up" for your at Mitchel Library in Glasgow.
5--The HUGH WALLIS SITE has categorized IGI entries by county, parish, and surname..see "Scottish Batch Numbers" below.
6--OPR (Old Parish Registers) Many of these records
are found on the IGI, or the new.familysearch site. The OPR Registers
are also found at the Family History Library (Salt Lake) and at the
Ogden Family History Center on a few of the computers. This database if found
under the heading of "SCOTTISH RECORDS" on the old DOS
FamilySearch Database. These Baptisms and Marriages go from
early to about the year 1855 when Scottish Civil Registration began. These
records are also found on Scotland's People. (see below)
These records contain baptisms and marriages. Be sure to use the Parent Search option to bring up all the children of a couple.
7-GOOGLE.COM There are MANY important research sites on the Internet! Many find their ancestors on other's family web sites.
8--GENUKI-- -Scotland...information related to all of Scotland....Don't overlook this wonderful resource!
9--SCOTLAND'S PEOPLE: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901 Census Records for a Fee.
10--ANCESTRY.COM: A Pay site, but occasionally available free at the Ogden Family History Center; occasionally offered to the general public FREE for a short period of time; Covers 1841-1901 Census Records. Go to Search Tab and down to Census and Voter lists...then over to the right to UK Census collection. Scroll down to Scotland Censuses.
11--FREECEN Online....absolutely FREE; not yet complete but more added every day. Before you "search the database" on the home page, check the "Information about Coverage " on the home page to see if your area has been transcribed. (I enter the very popular surname "Campbell" and if nothing is found, I can usually assume my area hasn't been transcribed yet.)
12--FIND MY PAST......Great place for British Censuses; does not have the 1911 for Scotland
13-- CENSUS DATES..and what information is included for each census
14--GAZETTEER FOR SCOTLAND......Includes a History-Time Line
15--GAZETTEER FOR SCOTTISH PLACES
16--GAZETTEER ON ANCESTRY
17--STATISTICAL ACCOUNTS OF SCOTLAND 1791-1845 ..My favorite site for information on my area for 2 different time periods
17.5--HISTORICAL MAPS OF SCOTLAND
19.--OLD MAPS: Click on "maps," type in name, make selection from list, use arrows around map to navigate....these maps can be downloaded
PEOPLE: (Fee Based) Statutory Registers ( Civil Records
BMDs) : Births 1855-1906; Marriages 1855-1931; Deaths
Old Parish Registers: Births & Baptisms 1553-1854; Banns & Marriages 1553-1854. You can search the Wills index without fee. You must register to use this site, and you can do a general search without paying a fee......give it a try!
NOTE: Scottish Catholic Registers, births and baptisms, are now available on Scotland's People. A great addition to this new resource...see above link.
21--SCOTLAND BMD.....Connect with others who have info from Civil Registration Certificates..by surname (Click on Site Search at top)
22--BRITISH VITAL RECORDS CD.(BVRI)..these records used to be on a CD but are now found on familysearch.
23--OLD PARISH REGISTERS.....See "OPR" records near the top of this page
24-SCOTTISH RECORDS on ANCESTRY Scroll down to the UK and Ireland Tab and click on map of Scotland.
25--INFORMATION FOUND ON CR CERTIFICATES this information found on Scotland's People....see #20 link....use search engine
26--BURIAL RECORDS: of all Scotland is a wonderful site that I personally use for my work on Findagrave. There are a number of organizations that are collecting transcriptions and Monumental Inscriptions. Try Google to bring these sites up. For a listing of Burial grounds, to to GENUKI, find your county, and scroll down to "Cemeteries."
27--SCOTTISH MONUMENTAL INSCRIPTIONS Click on "Products" over on the left. These people are good to answer questions and new cemeteries are often uploaded.
28-MEMENTO-MORI MONUMENTAL INSCRIPTIONS...an excellent site if you find your kin in one of these counties or areas: Perthshire, Stirlingshire, Clackmannanshire, East Dunbartonshire, West Lotian, North Lanarkshire, Berwickshire, and Glasgow
29--FIND A GRAVE...Most burials grounds can now be found on this site. You may have to try various names of the cemetery to find it; Same with using a person's name
30--DECEASED ONLINE: A central database for UK burials and cremations
31--GLASGOW & WEST OF SCOTLAND Family History Society...will photograph a grave marker for a fee....many other services on this site
32--BRITISH NEWSPAPERS ONLINE I found articles on my Gillon family in 1840 Falkirk!
33--ALL MAILING LISTS...see instructions below
34--SCOTLAND MAILING LISTS....Don't forget to check the Archives on your mailing list.
35--MESSAGE BOARDS ON ANCESTRY...........go to the HELP Tab at the top Ancestry black strip and down to Message Boards. Scroll down to the Find a Board search engine, type in your surname or locality. --then select the one you need, as there will several listed. Then use the KEYWORD box to type in your key word; it is strongly suggested that you use a surname keyword on a locality board or a locality keyword for a surname message board. Or, go directly to this page and right to "Find a Board"
MESSAGE BOARDS (John Fuller)
GENFORUM MESSAGE BOARDS
36.5 SCOTLAND'S PLACES Lots of good info on each county
37-NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF SCOTLAND: This is the Scottish source for non-conformist and Roman Catholic records that may not be found elsewhere.....also non-microfilmed manuscript documents (sasines, court cases, wills, property transfers, kirk sessions, estate records, etc.) which can be consulted on site for FREE, but you need a certain level of expertise for dealing with original manuscripts.
38--FAMILY HISTORY AT THE MITCHELL...Visiting Glasgow? Don't miss this great library resource. Check out their new site !
38--SCOTLAND RESOURCES ON ANCESTRY.COM
39--SCOTLAND'S PEOPLE Statutory Registers (BMDs, ) Old Parish Registers, Census Records, Wills and Testaments (Search 1513-1901 Free) order certificates
How to join MAILING LISTS
42--MAILING LISTS: http://lists.rootsweb.com/
Go to the above site and to the search engine: : FIND A MAILING LIST
After KEYWORD, Type in the name of the surname or locality of the list you wish .
Mailing Lists - SURNAME SEARCH
Example: Surname: "G" for the surname "Galbraith"
**This takes you to the Galbraith Mailing List instruction page.
Click on: "Subscribe to Galbraith -L" (mail mode) or "Subscribe to Galbraith-D" (Digest Mode)
Be sure the word "subscribe" is on the subject line. It may also appear in the message space. Do NOT put anything in the message space. Send it through.
NOTE: Subscribe does not mean send money. It is just a way of becoming a member of the list.
You will get a message asking you to CONFIRM that you want to be on the mailing list. Check that you do and send back.
You will get a welcome letter from the host/hostess of that mailing list that gives you directions on how to post a message, how to unsubscribe, or any other directions that the host feels is necessary. Keep these instructions.
To post a query, the Rootsweb address will be the same WITHOUT the word "request."
To get off and on each list, the word "request" will be in the address.
Example: to get off and on the list: GALBRAITH-Lemail@example.com
THE ARCHIVES to search or browse to find messages that were sent to the list when you were not subscribed. The link to these archives is found at the bottom of each Mailing List Instruction page the one that you started with above.**
Mailing Lists - LOCALITY SEARCH
Use the same site: Rootsweb User Mailing Lists
This time you will type in the name of the LOCALITY that you need: Ex: Lanark
This will take you to the LANARK instruction page **
Follow the same directions as above as you did with SURNAME.
MAILING LIST NETIQUETTE: http://hspinfo.org/ettiquette.htm
· Make sure that your postings have a meaningful subject line
Good Example: Robert GALBRAITH 1840 from Glasgow
· Don't use deceptive subject lines that you think may help attract attention
Bad example: Need help, please!!!!
· Don't use all caps. It's like SHOUTING to the other listers. Write like you normally do.
· Make your "query" short and to the point. Put surnames in caps: Robert GALBRAITH
· Don't use inflammatory remarks. This is called "flaming"
· Don't send attachments (pictures or otherwise) or to the list.
· Before you post your first "query," read some of the posts of others to get an idea of what you need to do.
· On Locality mailing lists especially, stay subscribed long enough to learn from others about the area you are researching. Watch for people who are offering "lookups" from sources that are available to them.
· Most people who will help you are volunteers and will not charge you for sharing or looking up information. But never expect others to pay for any copying/mailing expenses.
· The more lists you are on, the more chance you have of getting responses.
· Remember to "unsubscribe" when you go on vacation, if you don't want messages to pile up in you "inbox."
Remember, FHL in Salt Lake has BMD certificates: 1855 to 1875, also 1881 and 1891
However, many of the Births and Marriages from this group are now online at Family Search
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