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Scots in Argentina and Patagonia Austral
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This booklet is a guide for family historians who are interested in researching forebears who emigrated to Argentina and to the provinces of Patagonia Austral in Argentina and Chile. While it deals principally with those who went there in the 19th century, it also has relevance to those who lived there later. Since some readers may be unfamiliar with the settlement of people of Scottish descent - who they were, where they went and what they did - the first section of the booklet offers a general background, both to them and their new country. The following sections focus upon the means by which forebears may be traced through records and publications available in the United Kingdom, Argentina and Chile. Guidance is also given on sources of information on the lifestyles of immigrants who worked in the cities and towns or made their living on the land. Attention is given to the great importance of the internet as a means to accessing sources of information. In addition to the text, there are illustrations of Argentine documents, listings of Scots and other information that may be helpful to family historians. Lastly, there are suggestions for further reading about immigrants and the history and peoples of these fascinating lands.

In the course of preparing this booklet I have been helped greatly by correspondents in Argentina, Chile, the United Kingdom and elsewhere - a process largely made possible by the internet. In particular, I am much indebted to Maria Eugema Cruset in Argentina, Duncan Campbell in Chile and Jeremy Howat in England. They and others have generously provided answers to my many questions about records in Argentina and Chile, sent me important illustrative material and added greatly to my general knowledge about those countries, their institutions, and the Scottish and other British immigrants who settled there. I also wish to thank the Public Record Office for an extract from the 19th century Proclamations of Marriages registered at the British Consulate in Buenos Aires.

Lastly, readers who have access to the internet may wish to visit the authorís website at:
http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/scotsinargpat/


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