Research & Advice We at Electric Scotland don't carry out any
tracing of ancestry, family histories, etc. We can point you in the right direction
however. In here we tell you about Electric Scotland's own resources and
also point you to great resources on the web.
Family Tree This is the Family Tree newspaper which was produced by the Odom
Library in Moultrie, Georgia. The newspaper is no longer produced but
back issues are available to read here and contain loads of genealogy
FamilyTreeDNA This is a profile on the Family Tree DNA where I asked them various
questions and this is where you can see their answers along with some
information on having my own test done.
FTDNA - discover the story
Scotland's DNA Secrets
Presented by Lorraine Kelly, this show is based around the subject of
DNA testing, designed to solve the dilemmas between individuals. Using a
combination of documentary filming and dramatic reconstruction, we
follow each story from the initial request of a DNA test to the moment
of truth when the results are revealed, with the emotional and personal
impact. This is an hour special.
Electric Scotland's Family Tree Service This is our Family Tree site where you can register for an account
and once registered you will be able to add your own family tree
information. The system also allows you to import and export data in
Site Search Engine
We have implemented a customized search engine which is
incorporated within our site header which defaults to searching our
site. This is a great facility to search for names and so just
look at the top of any page on the site and you'll find it there or go
to our dedicated search page.
The idea behind this section is so that folk can tell us about their relatives. I've never found that dates of people's marriages, deaths and births is all that interesting. However, when I learn a bit about someone's family background like what they did and where they lived then I find that much more interesting. So.. if you have a family story about your relatives that you'd like to share simply email it into me and I can put that up on the site. In many ways this will become an historical resource for future generations to read and learn from. You can also attach pictures which I'll include on the page.
So if you have interesting information on your ancestors and would be willing to share then email it into us and I can get in up on the site. I might note here that if everyone on our mailing list sent us in one article each year we'd currently have around 6,500 new articles for you to read each year.. that's 550 a month!!!
You might also check out
the Henderson Family as
there is a very good account of the problems found in doing genealogy
research and ways around some of them.
We carry an historical account of most of the major Scottish
Clans and Scots-Irish Clans
so do check out these pages. Also check the online book History
of the Gael which gives excellent background reading as well as some
details on individual Scots and Irish families.
Newfangled Family Tree
Beth was the editor of the Odom Library Family Tree newspaper for some 15
years and now that publication is no longer she has started up her own
version in .pdf format so it can be both read online or printed out.
Scottish Parochial Registers (pdf)
This is a book about the state of the state of the Scottish Parochial
Registers and gives valuable information as to what you can find and
when by referring to them.
Tony Reid, an experienced Scottish genealogist, has provided us with an
interesting introduction to Discovering
your Scottish Roots which also contains an example search
demonstrating the information you can get for a £185.00 search fee.
For many "exiled Scots" the only link with their home country is
their name, so its understandable that they attract great importance to
it. Electric Scotland enthusiasts might therefore be interested to
discover the origins and meanings of such names.
Scottish Families is a database of some 14,000 Scottish names all related
either by blood, marriage, or direct
or indirect descent. This is the work of professional genealogist
Gregory Lauder-Frost. Should your name show up in this work then it
could save you a tremendous amount of searching.
Scottish Genealogy Society
The aims of the Society are to promote research
into Scottish family history and to undertake the collection, exchange
and publication of material relating to genealogy.
Scottish Association of Family History Societies
The Scottish Association of Family
History Societies was founded on 4th October 1986 to enable individual
societies to communicate with one another. Its membership has grown
and now includes all established family history societies in Scotland,
as well as several national and regional bodies throughout the world.
The main site for listings of British and Irish genealogy.
Accounts of Scotland
The two Statistical
Accounts of Scotland, covering the 1790s and the 1830s, are among the
best contemporary reports of life during the agricultural and
industrial revolutions in Europe. Learn more about the area in which
you or your ancestors have lived, or use this key source to study the
emergence of the modern British State and the economic and social
impact of the world's first industrial nation.
StreetMap This site provides detailed road and street maps of the UK and
is also a good place to find place names.
and 1899 This is a free resource of old maps for the periods between 1846
Scottish Words a glossary of archaic Scottish
terms, as well as a number of Modern Scots words and phrases, useful for
genealogical research. Legal terms, words linked to property and
possessions, found in wills and testaments.
The objects of the Society are to promote genealogical studies and
family history in the Border counties (Roxburghshire, Berwickshire,
Selkirkshire and Peeblesshire) of Scotland.
Resources for finding out about coats of arms, etc.
Other Web Sites Throughout our Clan pages we list other web sites that
provide decent amounts of information on each Clan. While our own pages do give worthwhile
information there will be others that do give more on a particular clan and is why we've
included links to these sites. These pages are constantly updated so do
check back from time to time.
A great site for searching for your Irish and Scots-Irish connections.
Genealogy Resources A North Carolina resource.Richmond County, Stewartville
Cemetery has a lot of listings for McLaurin of Appin, McDonald,
McCormaig, McEachin, McQueen of Skye, Kelly of Slate, Chisholm, McColl
of Etive, McRae, McCall, etc. A very informative site to find Scottish
WorldPages Great place to track down names in the USA or Canada.
Here you can find out about arrival records for the 22 million
immigrants who entered the port of New York from 1892 to 1924.
The "Island Register" is your "Number 1" on-line
source for Prince Edward Island, Canada, Genealogy, with over 478
P.E.I. lineages, and 1600+ documents online.
Scots-Irish and Ulster Scots Research The purpose of this website is to help
researchers research their Scotch Irish and Ulster Scots ancestors. It
is intended as support for the Scotch-Irish email list. It should
eventually cover all the "frequently asked" questions as well as serve
as a method to publish members' research.
A Gift to the Australian Nation
The records in our collection trace the events and decisions that shaped
the nation. We hold the papers of Governors-General, Prime Ministers and
Ministers. We have Cabinet documents, Royal Commission files and
departmental records on defence, immigration, security and intelligence,
naturalisation, and many other issues involving the federal government
including service records of World War I servicemen.
There are several books generally available through
libraries which are good reference material and we list these below in the hope it will
help you find more information on your roots:-"Heraldry in Scotland" by J H Stevenson (James
Maclehose & Sons, Glasgow, 1914)"Scots Heraldry" by Sir Thomas Innes of Learney
(Oliver & Boyd, 1956 & Johnston & Bacon, 1978) You can purchase it here"Simple Heraldry" by Sir Iain Moncreiffe of that
Ilk and Don Pottinger (Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd., 1953). You can purchase it here"Clans, Septs and Regiments of the Scottish
Highlands" by Frank Adam, ed. Sir Thomas Innes of Learney (8th edition) You can
purchase it here"The Highland Clans" by Sir Iain Concreiffe of
that Ilk (Barrie & Rockliff, 1967) You can purchase it here"Scottish Clan & Family Encyclopedia" by
George Way of Plean and Romilly Squire (Harper Collins, 1994) You can purchase it here (Reckoned to be the major work on Scottish clans)"Heraldic Standards and other Ensigns" by Robert
Gayre of Gayre and Nigg (Oliver & Boyd, 1959)"Scottish Family History" by Margaret Stuart and
Sir James Balfour Paul (Oliver & Boyd, 1930).
"Scottish Family Histories" held in Scottish
Libraries, by Joan P S Ferguson (Scottish Central Library, Edinburgh 1960, and revised
edition compiled by Joan P S Ferguson assisted by Dennis Smith and Peter
Wellburn, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1986)
"The Surnames of Scotland" by George F Black (New
York Public Library, 1946)
Other Sources of Information You should also check out local libraries as they either
have their own genealogy section or can point you to a local organization.
Do also check out our Armorial Bearings page
for information on Clan Crests and Badges.
We do know that it takes a lot of time to check out your
roots and the more information you have such as date of birth or death the better chance
you'll have of tracing your ancestor. I'm told that Scottish birth certificates can
contain more information than is usual in that they can give information on grandparents
as well as parents so well worth checking into.
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