Electric Scotland's Mini
On Electric Scotland we created a Mini Bios section where we take wee stories about people of Scots descent.
Arranged alphabetically, you can see all our entries at:
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.
In addition you should check out our Scots
Descendants which are significant lists of individuals. Also check out other pages
such as American History
and Canadian History and Scots
Around the World. In addition there are many references to Clan
Chiefs in our General History
of the Highlands. Which of course is why we suggest making
extensive use of our site search engine :-) We have also just started a
page for Web Links to other sites that
we consider offer valuable information on Scots and Scots-Irish
connections and genealogy research.
Searching for Your
Canadian/Scottish Ancestors by Larry Luickbie is an excellent resource
with many tips and links to other resources.
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.
Concerning Families in Scotland made by Walter MacFarlane 1750-1751
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.
Prime Scottish Resources
Other Web Sites
Black's Surnames of Scotland
This site is part of the WorldGenWeb
Project and is the local resource index page for Scottish
The genealogy pages for Scotland and they have a separate
list listed by
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.
General Registry Office of Scotland
Should you be coming to Scotland this site will help you find out
how to use New
Register House to do a search for
your family from their comprehensive records.
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.
This site provides detailed road and street maps of the UK and
is also a good place to find place names.
This is a free resource of old maps for the periods between 1846
Excellent resources for tracing your roots to the Western Isles.
The Court of
the Lord Lyon
Where you need to submit proof if you are claiming chiefship of a
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.
Internet access to the written history of Scotland
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.
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.
County Down Northern
Good names database and message boards.
The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter
This is the Mormon Church archives.
Sources for Research in Scottish Genealogy
This guide has been prepared primarily as an aid for those who are
researching Scottish genealogy and local history at the Library of Congress.
Huge resource of genealogy projects including...
of Columbia, Florida,
The oldest and largest free genealogy site.
This is where you can join mailing lists specific to various clans and
families in Scotland. Also see their
specific Scottish clan index.
Genealogy and History Links
This site provides a comprehensive list of Canadian resources
Great resource of genealogy projects including each
/ Labrador, Nova
Territories and Nunavut, Ontario,
Edward Island, Quebec,
Lanark County Genealogical Society
Has about 90,000 links to genealogy resources
St. Andrew Society
This web site lists thousands of Scots descendants and
some with small biographies.
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
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.
Ships Transcribers Guild
An excellent resource for those looking for Immigrant Ships
History Source Guide
For country information you
might like to check this site where you will find a huge page on Canadian
States sources, Australian
and New Zealand souces, Irish
sources and many others.
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.
Tracing your Indian
Some advice on sources of information.
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.
Books that can help
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).
You can also search for books at
the University of Glasgow.
"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)
Check here for Scottish
Research Books that you can purchase and Sources for Research in Scottish Genealogy provided by the Library
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.
Reliability of Published Sources
Other Web links
This is an article that alerts you to the reliability of published
Genealogy Web Site, Try out the GoIreland.com site for Irish Name information.
We hope some of this helps and wish you every success in
finding your roots.
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