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BOOK - Researching Scottish Family History
By Chris Paton
Published by The Family History Partnership, Lancashire, UK, 2010

Softcover...$22.95 (C$)
Researching Scottish Family History is a detailed introductory guide to those wishing to explore their Caledonian roots. Published by the Family History Partnership, which aims to provide genealogical books at an affordable price, the book is a packed 120 page guide to all areas of Scottish research, with information both on traditional and internet based resources.

The book starts with a basic chapter in getting started, detailing how to get the best out of talking to your relatives, ways and means to record your research and more. The second chapter continues with a guide to the institutional lay of the land, the records repositories that will help with your efforts, including the most detailed guide to the new ScotlandsPeople Centre yet committed to print, as well as various other institutions in both Scotland and England that may help with your research.

The next five chapters provide detailed coverage of the basic statutory, parish, census and probate documents used within Scottish research, as well as an in depth look at the role of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Scottish research. The remainder of the book deals with the unique records connected to Scottish land holdings, occupational research records (including for Scots in the armed forces), the relevance and methods of DNA research, heraldry and tartans, and other useful sources.

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.

Paperback: 120 pages
Product Dimensions: 5 x 8"
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Published by The Family History Partnership, 2010
ISBN 978-1-906280-22-2

About the author: Chris Paton
Originally from Carrickfergus in Northern Ireland, Chris Paton holds an HND in Design (Communication) from the University of Ulster, a degree in Time Base Media from the University of the West of England, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Genealogical Studies from the University of Strathclyde. Today he runs the Scotland's Greatest Story family history research service and maintains the British GENES news blog. He regularly writes for several British and Irish genealogy magazines and is the author of several genealogy based publications. In addition to research and writing, Chris also teaches Scottish genealogy courses through Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Ltd, and previously tutored on the University of Strathclyde's postgraduate programme in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies. He previously worked for twelve years in the television industry, as a researcher, producer and director of primarily history based documentaries, mainly with the BBC in Bristol and Glasgow, and for Scottish Television's network production department STE.

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