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The Family Tree - October/November 2004
Scottish Ancestry


Gathering the Clans - Tracing Scottish Ancestry on the Internet by Alan Stewart is a book useful to any genealogist with Scottish ancestry.

   Scottish Ancestry is easy to trace on the Internet because Scotland is leading the world in making its family history records available online.  So now, wherever you live, it is easy to grow a Scottish family tree.  All the main records are already on line: births, marriages and deaths (from 1855), wills and inventories from 1500 and ten-yearly census returns from 1841 through 1901.  In the near future, church, land, poor relief, taxation and heraldry records are expected to become available too.

   Whether new to family history or to Scottish research, or to the use of the Internet for either, everyone will find this book a comprehensive and easy-to-follow guide.  As well as dealing with the records of those who left Scotland for a better life in North American, Australasia or even England and Wales, the author explains the sources for ancestors who joined the forces, how DNA can help research and the benefits of joining a family history society.  Appendices provide lists of useful websites, details of charges for access to on-line records and much information unavailable elsewhere.

   This book will be welcomed wherever Scottish ancestry is traced and as much by professional genealogists as by amateurs and beginners.

  Alan Stewart was born and brought up in Edinburgh and has spent over twenty years tracing his ancestry to many parts of Scotland - from Caithness to the borders and from Skye to Aberdeenshire.  He has also found connections in England, Ireland and India.  His articles on his own family history have been published.

   Most of Alan's research was done the old way, using paper records.  Since the main sources became available on the Internet, however, he has become an enthusiastic user and is a member of the UserGroup for the ScotlandsPeople website.  After working for many years as an information technology manager, he now writes regularly about computers and the Internet for the Financial Times and contributes to other publications, including Encyclopedia Britannica.  The lead author of two recent reports on "Wi-Fi" - wireless Internet access - and consultant editor for the Hutchinson Dictionary of Computing and the Internet, he has also written a careers book How to Make it in IT.  He lives near Bedford, England.

   You may order a copy of this most interesting and useful publication (Gathering the Clans by Alan Stewart)  from Phillimore & Co., Ltd. Shopwyke Manor Barn, Chichester, West Susses PO 20 2BG.  The book is 9.99 plus shipping and handling.  You may email [email protected] or visit www.phillimore.co.uk for the latest news and information on all Phillimore's titles.


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