Laura Berry ex­plains the nu­ances of Scot­tish records if, like Paul Hol­ly­wood, you want to ex­plore your Cale­do­nian roots...

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - SCOTTISH ANCESTORS -

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

scot­land­speo­, but Ances­try lists its

Scot­tish re­sources at search.ances­

places/uk/scot­land and The­Ge­neal­o­gist has a

re­search guide at the­ge­neal­o­ 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 fam­i­­lec­tion /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-scot­­search/ lo­cal-fam­ily-his­tory-cen­tres).

Crofters’ houses, Stornoway in

Lewis, Scot­land, c1925

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