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BOOK - ScotlandsPeople: The Place to Launch Your Scottish Research
By Rosemary Kopittke
Originally published by Unlock the Past, Australia, 2013
This edition published by Global Genealogy, Milton, 2014
This book will help you get the most from your research on ScotlandsPeople, the online archive of Scottish vital records. With the knowledge you gain from this book you will become adept at locating records of relevance to your family and you will be well on your way with your research. Of course, not all records are available online. You will still need to track down your non-conformists, investigate land records, cemeteries, electoral rolls, directories, poor law, military and other records, but ScotlandsPeople is a great place to launch the study of your families. ScotlandsPeople provides an exceptional source of genealogical records for those with Scottish ancestry - Statutory registers, Catholic parish registers, census records, valuation rolls, wills and testaments, and Coats of Arms. Access to such a wide range of basic records for a relatively cheap fee means we can all research from our home without the expense of hiring a search agent, ordering in many microfilms or a trip to Scotland - as pleasant as that last option may be. This book will save you much time and money when using ScotlandsPeople. ISBN 978-1-77240-002-1 More Information
BOOK - Discover Scottish Civil Registration Records
By Chris Paton
Published by Unlock the Past, St Agnes, Australia, 2013
This edition published by Global Genealogy, Milton, 2014
This guide from family historian Chris Paton takes a look at the vast world of Scottish civil registration records. Scotland commenced the statutory registration of births, marriages and deaths within the country in 1855, some seventeen and half years after a similar process had already got underway in England and Wales. The information lost to the family historian by such a late start is, however, more than made up for by the fact that Scottish registration records are the most detailed of all those found within the British Isles. But what was the law behind Scottish registration, and how did it differ to England, Wales and Ireland? Who was legally obliged to do what and when, what were the penalties for default, and how might such knowledge help with our ancestral research? Why were all the forms of Scottish irregular marriage not abolished in 1939, and what angered the country's doctors? Where are the records not found online via ScotlandsPeople, such as those for adoption, vaccination, civil partnerships and divorce - and what vital records does the General Register Office in England hold for Scots as far back at the 1760s, and far beyond Britain's shores? ISBN 978-1-926797-99-1 More Information
BOOK - Discover Scottish Land Records
By Chris Paton
Originally published by Unlock the Past, St Agnes, Australia, 2012
This edition published by Global Genealogy, Milton, 2014
This guide from family historian Chris Paton takes a look at the complicated records concerning land and property based research in Scotland. For centuries property transactions within the county were governed by feudal tenure, a system which was abandoned in England and Wales in the Middle Ages, but which continued in Scotland until 2004. But feudalism was not the only method by which land was held, with udalism, duthcas, leasehold and more competing as forms of tenure across the country at different times. Connected with the rules surrounding property transactions were those associated with the inheritance of land and heritable estate, all of which is explained in great detail. From sassines to skat, from retours to precepts of clare constant, and from apparent heirs to heirs apparent, this concise guide will help you get to grips with one of the most exciting and useful topics within Scottish family history.
ISBN 978-1-926797-97-7 More Information
BOOK - Discover Scottish Church Records
By Chris Paton
Originally published by Unlock the Past, Australia, 2011
This edition published by Global Genealogy, Milton, 2014
In this detailed guide, family historian Chris Paton explores the history and records of the various churches in Scotland prior to 1855, the year in which civil registration commenced within the country. He describes the theological changes imposed by the Reformation of 1560, the nature of the state's battles with the Kirk, and the Kirk's subsequent battles within itself. Most importantly, he also discusses the nature of the records generated by the various Scottish churches, how to interpret them, and above all else, how to find them. 80 pages.
ISBN 978-1-926797-98-4 (Softcover) More Information
GAZETTEER & MAPS - Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Survey of Scottish Topography, Statistical, Biographical, and Historical. New Edition (1893)
By Francis H. Groome
Originally published by William MacKenzie, Edinburgh, 1893
This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Milton 2014
Maps and gazetteers are a treasure trove for family historians and researchers. This multi-volume resource contains full colour maps (county, region & townplans), full page photos of Scottish scenes, and a 1755 page gazetteer that provides details on the history and development of Scotland in general and individual counties, cities, towns, villages and points of interest in particular. More Information
BOOK - Gazetteer Of Scotland 1882
By Rev. John Wilson.
Originally published by W. & A. K. Johnston, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1882
This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Milton 1999 (CD 2009)
When this work was compiled in 1882, the Rev. John Wilson and his publishers sought to create a definitive work that "would supply a long-felt want; namley a Gazetteer of Scotland, extensive enough to embrace every Town and Village in the Country, of any importance...and yet portable in form...". To add value to the work, the compiler extracted population and other information from the 1881 Census Returns. A windfall for anyone researching 19th century Scotland for geographic, genealogical or historical interest.
ISBN 1-894378-29-6 (Hardcover edition) More Information
ATLAS - Philip's Handy Atlas of the Counties of Scotland, 1888
By John Bartholomew
Originally published by George Philip & Son, London, 1888
This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Milton 2012 (CD)
Maps are a treasure trove for family historians and researchers. This CD contains 32 full colour maps and a 34 page index to point you to the county map and coordinates to easily locate the place that you are looking for. Every county map includes a legend of all Parishes with a corresponding colour outline showing the borders of each Parish. Ideal for pointing the researcher to the Parish records (baptisms, marriages, burials etc) for the area where your family lived. More Information
ATLAS on CD - Cary's New Map of England, Wales and part of Scotland, 1794
By John Cary
Originally published by John Cary, London, 1794
This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2009 (CD)
The original pages of the 1794 Cary's atlas have been carefully digitized and archived as electonic images. View images on-screen or print for personal use. Maps can be enlarged for detailed viewing. The atlas includes a comprehensive index of English, Welsh and Scottish places as they were known in 1794 (The Scottish section includes only the most southern border area). The index provides the page number where the full-colour map appears. Easy to use.
ISBN 978-1-897446-38-6 More Information
BOOK - British Home Children: Their Stories
Compiled by the British Isles Family History Society of Ottawa (BIFHSGO)
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2010
British Home Children were those who were admitted into a Philanthropic Home, Union Workhouse or Industrial School between 1869 and 1948, from families that had suffered a great tragedy or were dysfunctional. A great many of these children were then brought to Canada where they were received into a Distributing Home for settlement as farm labourers and domestics. To commemorate The Year of the British Home Child, BIFHSGO has assembled a collection of stories prepared by the researchers about the lives of some of these these children — their ancestors — that demonstrate the strength of character, sense of purpose and good humour that enabled them to overcome adversity and contribute a positive and lasting legacy to their new country.
ISBN 978-1-926797-47-2 (Softcover) More Information
By James Taylor
Originally published by J. S. Virtue & Co., London, 1899
This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2006 (CD 2010)
One of the great genealogical works of Scottish families, Taylor's The Great Historic Families of Scotland has been considered a cornerstone reference work since its original publication in 1889. Welcomed by those who valued high standards of genealogical research and delight in the romance of history. The narrative traces many distinguished Scottish families from their earliest recorded origins all the way up to the final decade of the 19th century. More information
BOOK - The Origin and Signification of Scottish Surnames With A Vocabulary of Christian Names
By Clifford Stanley Sims.
Originally published, Albany, New York, 1862
This edition by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2003
The author's surname derivations are based on localities, baptismal names, trades, offices, professions, etc. Some descriptions of surname origin are as much as a page in length...others, only a line or two. Also included is a long list of Christian names and their meanings. The Christian name descriptions are typically one word.
ISBN 1-894378-75-X More information
BOOK - The History of Celtic Place-Names of Scotland
By William J. Watson.
Originally published by William Blackwood and Sons, Scotland, 1926
This facsimile reprint by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2008 (CD 2010)
This book remains the best and most comprehensive reference guide to the Celtic place-names of Scotland. This is the only hardcover edition of this classic work in print, an essential reference work for everyone interested in Scottish history and the derivations of place names throughout Scotland. A classic and durable edition that will serve as a valuable reference tool for generations. Indexed.
ISBN 978-1-897446-36-2 (Hardcover) More Information
BOOK - The Scotch-Irish. Two Volumes in One
By Charles A. Hanna. This is the basic sourcebook on the Scotch-Irish in North America, a massive compilation of source records pertaining to the Scots who settled in the north of Ireland and their descendants in North America. The Scotch-Irish left Ulster as a result of neo-mercantilist British economic policy in the region, requirements that they pay 10% of their income to the Anglican Church, ongoing friction with their Catholic Irish neighbors, and greater economic opportunity in the New World.
BOOKS on CD - Dictionary of Scottish Emigrants to Canada Before Confederation (1867) Vols. 1, 2, 3 and 4
By Don Whyte
Published by Ontario Genealogical Society, Toronto
Now available on CD ROM! A unique compilation of thousands of Scottish Imigrants to Canada, taken from a wide range of primary and secondary sources. These volumes document thousands of fur traders, explorers, bankers, railway builders, politicians, farmers, teachers and journalists who came to Canada before 1867. Donald Whyte consulted numerous sources, printed and manuscript, and by extensive correspondence, gathered much information that would not otherwise have been saved for posterity. All four volumes can be purchased on a single CD ROM. A must for anyone searching for Scottish ancestors who migrated to Canada prior to 1867.
ISBN 978-0-7779-3427-2 More information
BOOK - My Ancestor Was Scottish: A Guide to Sources for Family Historians
By Alan Stewart
Published by Society of Genealogists, London UK, 2012
My Ancestor Was Scottish: A Guide to Sources for Family Historians is a comprehensive and indispensible guide to tracing Scottish ancestry, this book will help you get to grips with the differences and nuances of researching in Scotland, from civil registration and census returns, to parish registers and wills. Author, Alan Stewart is a former information technology manager who has been tracing his own ancestors for over 30 years. During all of this time he has been a member of the Society of Genealogists (SoG). Alan has been published in the Financial Times and Encyclopedia Britannica, writes for several family history magazines (both in the United Kingdom and in North America), gives talks at the SoG library in London, and is a member of the User Group for the ScotlandsPeople website. This is Alan's fourth published book, and his third on family history.
ISBN 978-19071991-3-4 More information
BOOK - Researching Scottish Family History
By Chris Paton
Published by The Family History Partnership, Lancashire, UK, 2010
Researching Scottish Family History is a detailed introductory guide to those wishing to explore their Caledonian roots. Filled with handy tips throughout, the book also provides many useful contextual asides on various aspects of Scottish history relevant to your ancestral pursuit – why are there no bishops’ transcripts for Scotland, for example, and how do you prove whether your ancestor really was a Jacobite soldier? Completing the book are handy appendices listing the contact details of all Scottish based county archives, family history societies and comainn eachdraidh, making this an absolute essential for your personal genealogical library. 120 pages.
ISBN 978-1-906280-22-2 (Softcover) More Information
GUIDE - Genealogy at a Glance: Scots-Irish Genealogy Research
By Brian Mitchell
Published by Genealogical Publishing, Baltimore 2014
Designed to cover the basic elements of genealogical research in just four pages, the GPC Genealogy at a Glance series (GAAG) gives you as much useful information in the space allotted as you’ll ever need. Compiled by an expert, this Genealogy at a Glance guide is a distillation of the key ingredients in Scots-Irish genealogical research. It can be read at a glance and used with total confidence. In keeping with the general format, this GAAG on Scots-Irish genealogy covers the basic facts about Scots-Irish research: Topics covered include: Scots-Irish background; 17th-century Ulster planters; 18th-century emigrants; Passenger lists; Places of origin; Family names; Source records; Repositories.
ISBN 978-0-8063199-6-4 More information
BOOK - Scottish Family History On The Web - Third Edition
By Stuart A. Raymond
Published by The Family History Partnership, Lancashire, UK, 2010
Despite the fact that there are thousands of genealogical web-sites worth visiting, the means for finding particular relevant sites are very poor; search engines frequently list dozens of irelevant sites, but not the ones you require. This thoroughly revised edition lists the most important genealogical sites on the web for researching your Scottish ancestors. Lists more than 1700 websites covering 200 subjects regarding researching Scottish family history using worthwhile resources found on the internet. 96 pages.
ISBN 978-1-906280-21-5 (Softcover) More Information
RESEARCH AID - Scottish Genealogy Research
By: David Dobson
Published by Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, 2011
David Dobson brings his expertise to bear in a shrewd distillation of facts about Scottish genealogical research. Because there are so many people of Scottish descent worldwide, he uses emigration history as a jumping off point, from there proceeding to tackle the immense body of unique Scottish records which includes Old Parish Records of the Church of Scotland; post-1854 statutory records of births, marriages, and deaths; and census returns from 1841 to 1901. These may be the best four pages you’ll ever read on Scottish genealogy, and you can read them at a glance and with absolute confidence that your research is pointed in the right direction.
ISBN 9780806318738 More Information
BOOK - The Phillimore ATLAS and INDEX of Parish Registers, 3rd edition by Cecil Humphery-Smith
The atlas is the classic reference work for family history. Contains maps of the counties split into parishes and ecclesiastical divisions. Also contains lists of the availability of the parish registers for each county in Scotland, England and Wales. This is worth the money for the maps alone. Anyone without expert knowledge of each county they are researching in would be advised to have this title on their bookshelves. More Information
BOOK - Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors, A Guide for Family Historians
By Ian Maxwell
Published by Pen and Sword Books, S. Yorkshire, UK, 2009
This pioneering book breaks new ground in that it offers a detailed social history showing how the lives of our ancestors changed over the centuries and how this is reflected in the documentation that has survived. It will help family historians put their research in historical perspective, giving them a better insight into the part their ancestors played in the past.
ISBN 9781844159918 More information
MAPS (on paper) - Parish Maps of the Counties of Great Britain (England, SCOTLAND, Wales & Islands)
By The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies
These are individual copies of those maps incorporated into the Phillimore Atlas and Index of Parish Registers. The maps in this series cover every county of England, Wales and Scotland giving the name of each parish, showing parochial boundaries, probate jurisdiction in colour and dates of commencement of registers. Uniform size 17" x 14".
Click here to choose a parish map.
BOOK - Lowlands of Scotland, Sourcebook for Family Researchers
By Sherrell Branton Leetooze
Published by Lynn Michael-John Associates, Bowmanville, 2012
Whoever your ancestors were, where ever they lived in the Scottish Lowlands or Borders, their life was a hard one, but documentation for much of it can be located in the old records. One archive listed in this book boasts of 800 years of history on their shelves. This book will save you much time and effort insofar as it identifies the most useful and reliable sources to guide you on your quest to find and document your Scottish Lowlands ancestors.
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BOOK - The Workhouse Encyclopedia [England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales]
By Peter Higginbotham
Published by The History Press, Gloucestershire, UK (2012)
Compiled by Peter Higginbotham, one of Britain’s foremost experts on the subject, it covers everything from the 1725 publication An Account of Several Workhouses to the South African Zulu admitted to Fulham Road Workhouse in 1880. With hundreds of fascinating anecdotes, plus priceless information for researchers including workhouse addresses, useful websites and archive repository details, maps, plans, original workhouse publications and an extensive bibliography, it will delight family historians and general readers alike. This fascinating, fully illustrated volume is the definitive guide to every aspect of workhouse life.
ISBN 9780752470122 (Hardcover) More Information
BOOK - Life in a Victorian Workhouse - Pitkin Guide [United Kingdom]
By Peter Higginbotham
Published by The History Press, Gloucestershire, UK (2011)
The author examines how workhouses came into being, what life was like for men, women and children on the wrong side of the poverty line, and how social attitudes evolved through the momentous events of Victorian Britain into the 20th century. Illustrated from contemporary and modern sources, this fact-filled guide presents an intriguing picture of a world of steam engines, self-help, service and salvation - where workhouse life, and workhouse reform, influenced attitudes and services we now take for granted.
ISBN 9781841653389 (Softcover) More Information
BOOK - Life in the Victorian & Edwardian Workhouse [United Kingdom]
By Michelle Higgs
Published by The History Press, Gloucestershire, UK (2007)
This book establishes a true picture of what life was like in a workhouse, of why inmates entered them and of what they had to endure in their day-to-day routine. A comprehensive overview of the workshouse system gives a real and compelling insight into social and moral reasons behind their growth in the Victorian era, while the kind of distinctions that were drawn between inmates are looked into, which, along with the social stigma of having been a workhouse inmate, tell us much about class attitudes of the time. The book also looks at living conditions and duties of the staff who, in many ways, were prisoners of the workhouse. Michelle Higgs combines thorough research with a fresh outlook on a crucial period in British history, and in doing so paints a vivid portrait of an era and its social standards that continues to fascinate, and tells us much about the society we live in today. .
ISBN 9780752442143 (Softcover) More Information
By David Dobson
Published by Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, various dates
This collection provides 36 of David Dobson's Scottish research books in two volumes. Author David Dobson has been trawling for the names of Scottish immigrants to North America for over twenty years. From original records and printed sources in Great Britain, Canada, and the United States -- in numerous full-length books and articles -- he has amassed information on Scottish immigrants to North America, the majority of whom arrived in America from the earliest colonial times up to the Revolutionary War. These CDs capture the page images of his publications, the fruit of Mr. Dobson's research is available in a nano-second, and at a fraction of the cost of the original books. See "More Information" for a list of books on each CD.
ISBN: 9780806397467 (vol 1); ISBN: 9780806398907 (vol 2) More Information
BOOK - Highlander: The History of The Legendary Highland Soldier
By Tim Newark
Published by Constable, London, UK, 2009
‘Highlander’ (Constable) is the first book to tell the complete story of how the Highlander rose from humble roots in the mountains of Scotland to become a dynamic figure of universal appeal. It tells the story through the words of the soldiers themselves, from their diaries, letters and journals—uncovered from the archives of Highland regiments in Scotland and around the world. Sometimes the stories reveal shocking truths long buried. Above all, this is not just a Scots story—but a world story. English, Irish, Welsh, Canadians, Australians, South Africans, and Americans have all served as Highlanders.
ISBN 9781602399518 (Hardcover) More Information
BOOK - Scots Kith and Kin, A Guide to the Clans and Surnames of Scotland - New Edition
By Collins Guides
Listing 4.000 Scottish family names and their clan affiliations, this guide gives information on where and when particular surnames originated, the clan to which they belong and its history, other related surnames and the correct tartan to wear. This book also includes a fold-out colour map of Scotland showing the homelands of the clans and illustrating significant events on Scottish History.
ISBN 978-0-00-727328-7 (softcover) More Information
BOOK - The Highland Clearances
By Eric Richards
Published by Birlinn Ltd, Edinburgh, 2008
This is the first fully documented study for many years of one of Scotland’s most emotive subjects. It traces the origins of the Clearances from the eighteenth century to their culmination in the crofting legislation of the 1880s, showing how the process of clearance was part of a wider European movement of rural depopulation. Eric Richards describes the appalling conditions and treatment suffered by the Highland people, yet at the same time illustrates how difficult the choices were that faced even the most benevolent landlords in the face of rapid economic change.
ISBN 978184158542 0 (Softcover) More Information
BOOK - On The Crofters' Trail
By David Craig
Published by Birlinn Ltd, Edinburgh, 2010 (Edition)
In the Clearances of the 19th century, crofts - once the mainstay of Highland life in Scotland - were swept away as the land was put over to sheep grazing. Many of the people of the Highlands and islands of Scotland were forced from their homes by landowners in the Clearances. Some fled to Nova Scotia and beyond. David Craig sets out to discover how many of their stories survive in the memories of their descendants. He travels through 21 islands in Scotland and Canada, many thousands of miles of moor and glen, and presents the words of men and women of both countries as they recount the suffering of their forbears.
ISBN 978-1-84158-801-8 (Softcover) More Information
BOOK - The Quarriers Story, One Man's Vision Which Gave Over 40,000 Children a New Life
By Anna Magnusson
This book, by Anna Magnusson, chronicles the history of Quarriers from its earliest days as a refuge for thousands of destitute children in Victorian Scotland through to becoming one of the 21 st century’s leading social care charities. It tells the inspiring story of how the vision and determination of one man – William Quarrier – created a legacy which continues to serve the people of Scotland to this day.
MAPS (on paper) - County Maps of Scotland 1881
These maps are black and white reproductions of Scottish county political maps from 1881, printed on 8.5" X 11" cream coloured paper. Ideal for including in your family history binders.
Click here to find the map you need
BOOK - Lothian, A Historical Guide [Scotland]
By Mark Collard.
The Lothian region of Scotland is situated in the south-east of the country, its boundaries marked by the Lammermuir hills, the North Sea and the Firth of Forth. The wealth of fertile soil and mineral deposits in this area ensured its national importance from very early times. With entries covering the Mesolithic Period, through the impact of the Celts, the Romans, and the Picts, the the medieval and industrial ages, this book details the abundance of superb archaeological remains and places of great historical interest to be found in this ever popular area.
ISBN: 9781874744450 More Information
BOOK - Lochaber, A Historical Guide [Scotland]
By Paula Martin.
A unique combination of illustrated guidebook and engrossing narrative, this is a chronological history of Lochaber from prehistoric times to the present day, including maps of the region, site plans, and illustrations of the major buildings and ruins. Only a few intrepid travellers came here before the nineteenth century, when roads, steam-boats and then the railway rapidly opened up the area to tourism. It remains to this day a popular destination for all those who are inspired by rugged beauty and romantic scenery.
ISBN: 9781841582412 More Information
BOOK - Scottish Ancestry, Research Methods for Family Historians Revised 2nd Edition. by Sherry Irvine. Scottish Ancestry is a complete reference of records and techniques for Scottish research with an insider's perspective to searching for information about Scottish Ancestors. In this revised second edition, Sherry Irvine mixes her award-winning methodology with up-to-date instruction on how to utilize the latest computer and Internet sources for Scottish research.
MAPS (on paper) - Victorian Ordnance Survey Maps, Scotland (1896)
Reprints from Charles & David Publishers UK.
SCALE: One inch to the mile. The Victorian Ordnance Survey Maps of Scotland represented in this series, contain 124 detailed reprints of the the revised 1896 set of one inch to one mile Ordnance Survey maps. Each map is approximately 22- by 28-inch sheet, black detail on white, without lines of elevation. Most maps cover an area 24 miles by 18 miles and include features such as buildings, farms, and estates.
Click here to find the map you need.
MAPS (on paper) - - City Plan Maps of Scottish Towns and Cities 1818-1825
High quality reprints of John Wood’s Plans of 180 years ago. These maps are ideal for anyone interested in local and family history. Street and property owners are often named, but this varies from plan to plan. The printed area is approx 50cm x 61cm on paper 55cm x 71cm (about 23" X 28", sizes vary slightly). Scales vary, most are between 50 and 100 yards per inch, but Glasgow is 300 yards per inch. Printed on top quality parchment coloured paper. Learn about the locations of streets, houses, buildings, cemeteries, Churches and more by using these hard to find town plans of the Scottish cities and towns of your ancestors.
Maps include names of most landholders.
MAPS (on paper) - Alan Godfrey Old Ordnance Survey Maps.
Published by Alan Godfrey Maps. SCALE: Fourteen inches to the mile. These maps are invaluable for historians and genealogists. Highly detailed, taken from the 1/2500 plans and reprinted at about 14 inches to the mile. That means that you can see streets, back-houses and trees!
Click here to find the map you need
BOOK - Atholl and Gowrie North Perthshire, A Historical Guide. By Lindsay MacGregor, Richard Oram. Both areas are extremely rich in archaeology and this guide takes in the full range from neolithic cairns to medieval palaces, from industrial workers' cottages to Roman fortresses. A full gazetteer combines with the narrative to produce a definitive history of this beautiful part of Scotland, on the boundary of Highland and Lowland, that has played such a full part in Scotland's history. More Information
BOOK - Ayrshire, A Historical Guide. By Thorbjorn Campbell. Ayrshire has a rich and varied history and this book will enable the reader to discover the physical traces of all periods of that history. In medieval times Ayrshire played a key role in the emergence and consolidation of a unified Scotland, and it was from one of Ayrshire's many powerful families that the Stewart line of kings emerged. Learn about this and more in the definitive guide to Ayrshire. More Information
BOOK - The Little General and The Rousay Crofters, Crisis and Conflict on an Orkney Estate. By William P. L. Thomson. Burroughs had the reputation of one of the most brutal of all Orkney landlords and, in a time of great economic change, the harshness of his actions made that change particularly traumatic. The Little General and The Rousay Crofters tells the story of the remarkable events that occurred on the Orcadian island of Rousay between 1840 and 1890. More Information
BOOK - Finding Your Scottish Ancestor, 2nd Edition by Dr, Penelope Chistensen
The author focuses on the four primary resources obtainable at Family History Centers, that assist the family historians. Click here for more information.
BOOK - Scottish Royal Palaces. By: John G. Dunbar. This is the first exclusive survey of an outstanding group of buildings. More Information
BOOK - Colkitto! A celebration of clan Donald of Colonsay 1570-1647. By: Kevin Byrne. Colla Ciotach - or Colkitto - and his sons, MacDonalds of Colonsay, were great heroes of their age, and their exploits are recounted in the folklore and literature of the Highlands of Scotland. This book explores the legends associated with their Clan through recourse to contemporary sources. More Information
BOOK - "Fast Sailing and Copper Bottomed", Aberdeen Sailing Ships and the Emigrant Scots They Carried To Canada 1744-1855 By Lucille H. Campey. The days when Aberdeen's fast sailing and copper bottomed ships carried emigrants Scots to Canada are brought to life in this fascinating account of the northern Scotland exodus during the sailing ship era. More Information
BOOK - Glencoe by John Prebble. This was the treacherous and coldblooded order ruthlessly carried out on 13 February 1692, when the Campbells slaughtered their hosts the MacDonalds at the Massacre of Glencoe. More Information
BOOK - Using Maps in Family History Research, Revised and Updated
By Fawne Stratford-Devai
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2005
his book provides insights into the use of maps for genealogical and historical research. The visual representation of the land and communities on a map can offer evidence in its own right. It is the task of the researcher to carefully evaluate every piece of the puzzle in order to identify and understand individuals, families, migration routes, and even settlement patterns. Examples used include Canada, USA, UK, world. Every family historian can benefit from this valuable booklet.
ISBN 1-894378-85-1 More information
BOOK - Guide to Genealogical Writing, How to Write and Publish Your Family History
By Penelope L. Stratton and Henry B. Hoff, CG, FASG
Published by New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 2014
Whether readers are new to genealogy or have been researching for years, this improved edition of New England Historic Genealogical Society's (NEHG) bestselling "writing guide" will help all present their findings in writing. The authors show how to write a family history clearly and accurately — from building a genealogical sketch, to adding images, to indexing. An appendix on genealogical style covers alternate spellings of names, when and how to use lineage lines, how to include adopted children and stepchildren, aspects of double dating, and other issues faced by genealogical writers. This update of Genealogical Writing in the 21st Century is a must-have for anyone interested in sharing research! Among the topics covered: Getting started, Writing in genealogical style, Adding citations, Incorporating narrative, Selecting illustrations, Considering design and layout, Indexing, Getting ready to publish, Writing for journals and magazines, Writing short or informal family histories, and Using Microsoft Word for genealogical writing. ISBN 978-0-88082-312-8 More Information
BOOK - Writing Your Family History, A Guide for Family Historians
By Gill Blanchard
Published by Pen and Sword Books, Barnsley, UK, Sept 29 2014
Gill Blanchard's practical step-by-step guide to writing a family history is designed for anyone who wants to bring their ancestors' stories to life. She looks at ways of overcoming the particular problems family historians face when writing a family history -- how to deal with gaps in knowledge, how to describe generations of people who did the same jobs or lived in the same area, how to cover the numerous births, marriages and deaths that occur, and when to stop researching and start writing. Her book provides examples to help readers find their own writing style, deal with family stories, missing pieces of information and anomalies. It also offers advice on key aspects of composition, such as adding local and social history context and using secondary material. The focus throughout is on how to develop a story from beginning to end. Exercises are a key feature of the text. There is guidance on the various formats a family history can take and how to choose the appropriate one, with examples of format and layout. Production and publishing are also covered -- books, booklets, newsletters, websites, blogs and ebooks. ISBN 978--1-78159-372-1 More information
BOOK - Searching for Family History Photos: How to Get ‘em Now!
By Maureen Taylor
Published by Published by Picture Perfect Press, Charleston, Nov 2014
Maureen Taylor, “the Photo Detective” and author of Preserving Your Family Photographs and Photo Organizing Practices: Daguerreotypes to Digital , guides you, step by step, through the many photo search options. Think of it as having your own internet photo searching strategy resource. She shares tips learned as a professional photo researcher, and directs you to the best photo archive websites and more. You may be a family archivist, or an author seeking illustrations, or you may simply want to expand your knowledge of your ancestor’s past. Searching for Family History Photos: How to Get ‘em Now! will guide you through the web’s rich repositories of family photographs and expand your collection for generations to come. ISBN 978-0984845-08-8 More information
BOOK - Photo Organizing Practices: Daguerreotypes to Digital
By Maureen Taylor
Published by Published by Picture Perfect Press, Charleston, 2014
Do you have a pile of old family photographs collecting dust that you don’t know what to do with? Do you want to preserve the pictures in an organized manner, but you don’t know how? Maureen Taylor, “The Photo Detective” and author of Fashionable Folks: Bonnets and Hats 1840-1900 and Hairstyles 1840-1900 explains the process of organizing and storing your photos to preserve them for generations to come. Photo Organizing Practices: Daguerreotypes to Digital will supply you with the tools you need to put your precious family photo collection in order. Creating an organizational system for your family treasures is easier than you think. This book will show you how. ISBN 978-0984845-09-5 More information
BOOK - Fashionable Folks: Bonnets and Hats 1840-1900
By Maureen A. Taylor
Published by Picture Perfect Press, USA, 2011
Maureen A. Taylor, expert in historical photography, and author of authoritive books on identifying dates, people and places in old photographs, has turned her attention to headwear in Fashionable Folks: Bonnets and Hats 1840-1900. Throughout history, hats have been a prevalent part of life. Sometimes they served a very practical function and sometimes had only a fashionable purpose. Between 1840 and 1900 hats were worn by nearly everyone on a daily basis. Examining the hats, bonnets, and other toppers in pictures of one’s ancestors can surprising information about the individual. Taylor helps unlock these fashionable mysteries through the information provided in this guide.
ISBN 978-0-984-84500-2 More information
BOOK - Hairstyles 1840-1900
By Maureen A. Taylor
Published by Picture Perfect Press, USA, 2014
Using the clues explained in this book, you can learn a surprising amount about your ancestors by studying their portraits. How they wore their locks and their facial hair for the photographer, will tell you a lot about them. Read “the clues” to discover: When those pictures were taken, how old the subjects were at the time, and how wealthy they were. Your ancestors’ fashion sense—were these people trendy or conservative? Which nineteenth-century style mavens they admired. Which hairstyles, moustaches, and beards are still in vogue? This book is particularly useful to genealogists, social and personal historians, costume designers and hairstylists.
ISBN 97809848450714 More information
BOOK - The Surnames Handbook, A Guide to Family Name Research in the 21st Century
By Debbie Kennett
Foreword by Derek Palgrave, the President of the Guild of One-Name Studies
Published by The History Press, Port Stroud [UK], 2012
This book is intended to be a practical guide to all the different aspects of surname research, but Debbie has also provided some background on surnames in general, drawing on the research from all the many different disciplines that are now involved in surname research, emphasising in particular the contribution that can be made by family historians. The book includes links to hundreds of relevant websites, an extensive bibliography, and numerous detailed appendices with information on all the essential resources for a surname study both online and offline. Every surname has its own story to tell, and a surname study is a natural complement to family history research. The study of surnames has been revolutionised in the last decade with the increasing availability of online resources, and it is now easier than ever before to explore the history, evolution, distribution and meaning of your family name. The Surnames Handbook provides a comprehensive guide to researching your surname using genealogical methods in conjunction with the latest advances in DNA testing and surname mapping. The book explores the key resources that are used to study a surname and is packed with links to relevant websites giving you everything you need to research your surname in one compact volume. . ISBN 9781459703391 More information
BOOK - How to Find Your Family History in Newspapers
By Lisa Louise Cooke
You're interested in learning more about your family history, and you've probably heard several people say "be sure to check old newspapers!" Sounds great, right? But which newspapers were around back then? And where are they now? This book provides you with a fool-proof research process, and is stuffed with everything you need for genealogical success. Readers "will find an embarrassment of riches, including an impressive appendix with a comprehensive list of online routes to national, international and local newspapers. This is as close as you’ll get to one-stop shopping for learning about historical newspaper research."
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BOOK - Genealogical Standards of Evidence, A Guide for Family Historians
By Brenda Dougall Merriman
Genealogy and family history revolve around issues of identification. Genealogical evidence is the information — analyzed and evaluated — that allows us to identify an individual, and event in his or her life or the relationship between individuals. In describing how we establish or argue points of identification through the use of various sources and information, we often hear or use such words as “evidence” or “proof” or “documentation.” This book will tell you about how the genealogical community developed standards of evidence and documentation, what those standards are and how you can apply them to your own work.
ISBN 978-1-55488-451-3(softcover) More information
BOOK - Evidence Explained, Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace - Second Edition
By Elizabeth Shown Mills
Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, 2010
There are no historical resources we can trust at face value. Records simply offer evidence, and their assertions may or may not be true. To decide what actually happened, we must understand those records. To analyze that evidence and judge what to believe, we also need particular facts about those records. This reference book is the definitive guide to assist researchers in accurately citing and evaluating sources.
BOOK - How Do I Prove It?
By Dr. P. Christensen
Published by National Institute of Genealogical Studies, Toronto, 2000
Are you picking your ancestors out of a hat? Or have you really proved each linkage. This practical manual for family historians and genealogists demystifies the requirements necessary for establishing a pedigree.More information
RESEARCHERS' AID: Organize it - Systematic, Safe, Accessible. Organization Tips for Genealogists
By Jane L. Down
Published by Jane L. Down, Ottawa, 2012
It can be more challenging to organize and safely store paper records, photographs, digital records and artifacts than it is to obtain them in the first place. Jane Down shares valuable tips on document and keepsake organization and preservation in this handy 4 page laminated quick reference guide for genealogists. A complete list of included topics can be found in More information
QUICKSHEET - Citing Online Historical Resources Evidence! Style. First Revised Edition
By Elizabeth Shown Mills.
First Revised Edition with updated sample citations and style changes. Elizabeth Mills's QuickSheet provides a template for citing historical sources on the Internet. It also lays down rules to help you judge the reliability of these sources. Published in the form of a laminated folder, the QuickSheet contains a series of sample citations showing the correct way to identify online sources such as databases, census images, and digital books and articles.
BOOK - Dictionary of Medical & Related Terms for the Family Historian
By Joan E Grundy
Published by Federation of Family History Societies, London, 2006
Joan Grundy's dictionary is designed to help fellow family historians to understand medical terms that appear in parish registers, on death certificates, and other 18th and 19th century sources. She has forty years' experience as a midwife and practice nurse. During thirty of these years, she has researched her own family history and has been involved with several family history societies. The medical terms defined here are appropriate for most places in the English speaking world, and especially useful for events recorded in countries which were influenced by British medical practise including Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States.
ISBN 0-9553450-0-6 (Softcover) More information
BOOK - Publish Your Family History, Preserving Your Heritage in a Book
By Susan Yates and Greg Ioannou
Many people want to write a family history, but few ever take on the job of publishing one. If you've done the research, and you want to make a book from it, then Publish Your Family History is for you. It will tell you all the fundamentals of book production, together with the important details that distinguish a home-published book from a homemade one. Even if time is at a premium, you're not comfortable with computer technology, or the budget is tight, you'll learn how to publish a professional-looking family history of your own!
ISBN 9781554887279 More information
BOOK - Tracing Your Ancestors Through Family Photographs: A Complete Guide for Family & Local Historians
By Jayne Shrimpton
Published by Pen & Sword, Barnsley UK, 2014
Jayne Shrimpton's complete guide to dating, analysing and understanding family photographs is essential reading and reference for anyone undertaking genealogical and local history research. Using over 150 old photographs as examples, she shows how such images can give a direct insight into the past and into the lives of the individuals who are portrayed in them. Almost every family and local historian works with photographs, but often the fascinating historical and personal information that can be gained from them is not fully understood. They are one of the most vivid and memorable ways into the past. This concise but comprehensive guide describes the various types of photograph and explains how they can be dated. It analyses what the clothes and style of dress can tell us about the people in the photographs, their circumstances and background. Sections look at photographs of special occasions - baptisms, weddings, funerals - and at photographs taken in wartime, on holiday and at work. There is advice on how to identify the individuals shown and how to find more family photographs through personal connections, archives and the internet - and how to preserve them for future generations. Jayne Shrimpton's handbook is an authoritative, accessible guide to old photographs that no family or local historian can be without.
ISBN 9781781592809 More information
BOOK - International Vital Records Handbook. 5th Edition (2009)
By: Thomas Jay Kemp. This tome includes information and forms for the United States (all states), Canada (all provinces) plus another 203 countries. A fantastic resource! At one time or another all of us need copies of birth, marriage, or death certificates for driver's licenses, passports, jobs, social security, family history research, or for simple proof of identify. But the requirements and fees needed to obtain copies of vital records vary from from country to country, often requiring a time-wasting exchange of correspondence before the appropriate forms can be obtained. The International Vital Records Handbook puts an end to all that, as it offers complete, up-to-date information on how and where to request vital records. It also includes copies of the application forms, where available, thus simplifying and speeding up the process by which vital records are obtained.
ISBN: 978-0-8063-1793-9 More information
BOOK - Help! I've Inherited an Attic Full of History - Revised Edition
By Althea Douglas, M.A. C.G.(C)
This is a practical book that provides good, sound techniques for evaluation, conservation, storage and display of family documents, photographs and artifacts in the home enviroment.
BOOK - Scurvy: How a Surgeon, a Mariner, and a Gentlemean Solved the Greatest medical Mystery of the Age of Sail
By Stephen R. Brown
Scurvy took a terrible toll in the Age of Sail, killing more sailors than were lost in all sea battles combined. The cure for scurvy ranks among the greatest of human accomplishments, yet its impact on history has, until now, been largely ignored. Scurvy is an evocative journey back to the era of wooden ships and sails, when the disease infiltrated every aspect of seafaring life: press gangs "recruit" mariners on the way home from a late night at the pub; a terrible voyage in search of riches ends with a hobbled fleet and half the crew heaved overboard; Cook majestically travels the South Seas but suffers an unimaginable fate. Brimming with tales of ships, sailors, and baffling bureaucracy, Scurvy is a rare mix of compelling history and classic adventure story.
ISBN: 0-88762-178-3  (Softcover) More information
USED & ANTIQUARIAN BOOKS: Scotland:
By Melville Henry Massue, Marquis de Ruvigny and Raineval, compiler
Scotpress: a division of Unicorn Limited, Inc., Bruceton Mills, WV, USA, 1999. 8-1/2 x 11. 72 pages. Paperback, originally published in 1904. Thermo tape bound. Some shelving wear, cracked corner on front and back covers. Tight spine, in good condition. ISBN None. Click for image
USED BOOK - Census Records for Scottish Families at Home and Abroad.
By Gordon Johnson
Aberdeen & North East Scotland Family History Society, Aberdeen, Scotland, 1997. 8-1/8 x 11-1/2. 100 pages. Paperback, Perfect bound, slight shelving wear. This is the Third Revised Edition, originally published in 1990. Tight spine, in very good condition. ISBN 0947659749. Click for image
USED CDs - Skye Pioneers and The Island.
By Malcolm MacQueen
Scotpress, 2003. 5. Searchable PDF Format for PC and MAC . ISBN None. Click for image
USED CDs - The History of the Highland Clearances.
By Alexander Mackenzie
Scotpress, 2003. 5. Searchable PDF Format for PC and MAC, 286 pages . ISBN None. Click for image
USED BOOK - Scottish Parish Clergy at the Reformation 1540-1574.
By Charles H. Haws, Ph.D.
Council of Scottish Records Society, 1972. 5-1/2 x 8-1/2. 347 pages. Paperback, yellowed pages, Cover discolored and stained, black pen writing on the spine, front cover detached, top corner cut off on the title page. Fair condition . ISBN None. Click for image
USED BOOK - The Book of the Lews, The story of a Hebridean Isle in Two Volumes.
By W. C. MacKenzie, F.S.A.
Book 1 - 153 pages, Table of Contents and List of Illustrations. Includes Historical Sketches and some Pre-Historic history. No index. Soft cover. Card stock cover. 8.5 x 11. Book 2 - This volume contains the final 113 pages, beginning with page 154. Also contains the 6 page index covering both volumes . Soft cover. Card stock cover, 8.5 X 11. Reprint published privately by Scotcopy in US. No ISBN. Some shelf wear on both copies. Click for image
USED BOOK - Collectanca de Rebus Albanicius, In Two Volumes.
Compiled by Iona Club, Scotland.
Book 1 - 179 pages. 11 pages of Contents, which include a list of Original Papers and Documents related to the History of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. No index. Soft cover, Card stock cover. 8.5 x 11. Book 2 - This volume contains the final 181 pages, beginning with page 180. No index. Soft cover, Card stock cover 8.5 X 11. Reprint published privately by Scotcopy in US. No ISBN. Some shelf wear on both copies. Click for image
USED & ANTIQUARIAN BOOKS: Misc. Genealogy & History (concerns more than one country or topic):
By Don Steel and Lawrence Taylor, editors
Lutterworth Press, Guildford Surrey, England, 1984. 6-1/2 x 9-1/2. 192 pages. Hardcover, with dust jacket. Both hardcover book and dust jacket in very good condition showing slight shelving wear, never been read. Dedicated and signed by one of the editor. ISBN 0718825306. Click for image
USED BOOK - Barkham Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and useful Information 1889.
By Barkham Burrough, compiler
Bonanza Books, N.Y. U.S.A., 1983. 8-3/4 x 11-1/4. 148 pages. Hardcover, with dust jacket. Both hardcover book and dust jacket in good condition showing slight shelving wear, some smudge on dust jacket, otherwise very good condition, never been read. This reprint originally published in1889. ISBN 0517679507. Click for image
USED BOOK - A Primer of Population Genetics.
By Daniel L. Hartl
Sinauer Associates, Inc., Sunderland, Mass., 1981 . 6 x 9. 191 pages. Paperback, Perfect Bound, some shelving wear, cover cracked on right edge, some pencil notes and underlining on some pages, in good condition. ISBN 0878932712. Click for image
USED BOOK - A Visual Guide to Flags of the World.
By V.S. de Kleer
Nimbus Publishing Ltd, Halifax, N.S. 2005. 5-3/4 x 8-1/2. 54 pages. Paperback, Perfect Bound, in pristine condition. ISBN 1551095173. Click for image
USED BOOK - Historian's Handbook, A Key to the Study and Writing of History
By Wood Gray and other collaborators
Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston 1964. 6 x 9-1/4. 88 pages. Soft cover, slight shelving wear, in very good condition. ISBN None.
USED BOOK - Our Family Tree A History of Our Family
By Julie Hausner, orig.
Poplar Books, Inc. New Jersey, 1977. 8-3/4 x 11-1/4. 142 pages. Hardcover, record your family tree in this especially designed record book. Some small chips along bottom of front cover, gilt stamping on cover and spine, good clean condition. ISBN 0890091366. Click for image
USED BOOK B - The Library, A guide to the LDS Family History Library.
By Johni Cerny & Wendy Elliott, editors
Ancestry Inc., 1988. 8-1/2 x 11-1/4. 763 pages. Hardcover, dust cover crimped on front edge and chipped on top edge, hardcover in pristine condition. ISBN 0916489213. Click for image
USED BOOK - Annie's Letters.
Edited by Roger B. and David A. Flint
Published by Half Dome Press, Hertfordshire, UK 2000. . 6.0 x 9.0. 289 pages. Black and White photos and illustrations. Appendices and index. , ISBN 0-9528513-0-3. Green card stock cover, perfect bound. Book is in good used condition with some shelf wear on bottom and spine. Annie's Letters, The letters of Elizabeth Annie Kimpton, Written from Canada and the United States to her family in Abbots, Langley, 1937-38. Click for image
USED BOOK The Great Pretenders, The True Stories behind Famous Historical Mysteries.
By Jan Bondeson.
Published by W. W. Norton & Company, New York, USA. 2004. Light and Dark Orange Hard cover, with Red text on spine + Dust Jacket. . 6.25 x 9.50. 326 pages. Book is in excellent like new condition as is the dust jacket. Notes, no index. 0-393-01969-1. Stories behind Impostors and Errors in History. Click for image with dust jacket Click for image without dust jacket
USED BOOK - Family History Made Easy
By Loretto Dennis Szucss
Where do I start? What records should I look for? And what can they tell me about my heritage? Family History Made Easy guides you steadily and easily though the sometimes confusing world of family history research. 215 pages, Softcover 5.5 x 8.5, extensive index. Published by Ancestry in 1998. ISBN 0-916489-72-8. Click for image
TRAINING VIDEOS on CD - Legacy Training Video, Vol.. 2. ( 4 CD's).
Published by Millenia/Legacy in the US. Legacy for Beginners contains the following discs 1. Tagging and Searching Made Easy 2. Creating & Sharing Perfecrt Reports 3. Insider's Guide to Legacy: Tips and Tripcks 4. Picturing Your Legacy: A Video Gde to Working with Digital Pictures in Legacy. Learn Legacy at your own pace from the comfort of your own computer. Click for image
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