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BOOK - Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors, A Guide for Family Historians
By Ian Maxwell
Published by Pen and Sword Books, S. Yorkshire, UK, 2009

Scotland’s history has been influenced by many factors – the division between the Highlands and the Lowlands, the feudal system, the Reformation, the industrial revolution - that have shaped the country’s past and impacted on the lives of its people. Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors is a lively and accessible introduction to this long, complex and fascinating story. It is aimed primarily at family historians who are eager to explore and understand the world in which their ancestors lived.

Ian Maxwell guides readers through the wealth of material available to researchers in Scotland and abroad. He looks at every aspect of Scottish history and at all the relevant resources. As well as covering records held at the National Archives of Scotland, he examines closely the information held at local archives throughout the country. He also describes the extensive Scottish records that are now available on line. His expert survey will be essential reading for anyone who is researching Scottish history, for he explains how the archive material can be used and where it can be found.

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.

Reviews:
  • This second edition of Maxwell’s book is a useful guide and an interesting read, with well-chosen examples and illustrations to inspire your own Scottish research - Family History Monthly, September 2011


  • This is an unusually-titled guide, in that it is actually a book offering a social history of Scotland, with a short thirty-page genealogical guide appended which appears to have been added as an afterthought. - Discover My Past, Scotland


  • this is an excellent work with a fresh approach - Your Family Tree


  • an extremely useful book - Ancestors Magazine


  • The book includes chapters on clans, working life, the military, education, and life in towns, cities and the countryside. There is also an extensive research and sources section - this book is a must for anyone researching Scottish family history. - Practical Family History magazine
Paperback: 192 pages
Product Dimensions: 5.75 x 8.5"
Softcover - perfect bound
Illustrations
Index
Published by Pen and Sword Books, S. Yorkshire, UK, 2009
ISBN 9781844159918

Softcover......$29.95
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