Laura Berry explains the nuances of Scottish records if, like Paul Hollywood, you want to explore your Caledonian roots...
Although the Union of Crowns joined Scotland with England and Wales under one flag in 1606, Scots Law remained as an independent legal system, resulting in some peculiar differences in the way genealogical records were created there.
Paul Hollywood knew that he had Scottish roots, but after visiting places where his ancestors worked and finding out more about them, Paul finally felt he “had something to hang his hat on”.
The majority of original records for researching Scottish ancestry are only available in full on
scotlandspeople.gov.uk, but Ancestry lists its
Scottish resources at search.ancestry.co.uk/
places/uk/scotland and TheGenealogist has a
research guide at thegenealogist.co.uk/ researchguide/scottish-ancestors-237.
Findmypast also has some transcribed Scottish indexes but no original images. It has teamed up with FamilySearch, where free indexes can be
searched at familysearch.org/search/collection /location/1986318.
The ScotlandsPeople website can be accessed at the ScotlandsPeople Centre in Edinburgh or in local family history centres (you can find contact details at gro-scotland.gov.uk/research/ local-family-history-centres).
Crofters’ houses, Stornoway in
Lewis, Scotland, c1925