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The Family Tree Scottish genealogy guide : how to trace your family tree in Scotland / Amanda Epperson.
Title Variants:
How to trace your family tree in Scotland

Scottish genealogy guide
Publication Information:
Cincinnati, Ohio : Family Tree Books, [2018]

Physical Description:
238 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Introduction -- Linking your family tree to Scotland. Discovering your Scottish heritage ; Jump-starting your Scottish research ; Identifying your immigrant ancestor -- Getting to know the old country. Understanding Scottish history ; Understanding Scottish geography ; Deciphering Scottish names and handwriting -- Tracing your family in Scotland. Civil registration ; Church records ; Census records ; Wills and property records ; Occupational and military records ; Other records -- Advanced sources and strategies. Putting it all together ; What to do when you get stuck


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929.109411 EPP Book Adult General Collection

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Discover your Scottish roots!

You take the high road, and I'll take the low--and your family tree will be in Scotland before you know it. This book will help you uncover your Scottish heritage, from identifying your immigrant ancestor to tracking down records in the old country. With help from Scottish genealogy expert Amanda Epperson, you'll learn about church records, civil registrations, censuses, and more, plus how to find them in online databases and in archives.

Inside, you'll find: Basic information on how to start family history research, including identifying and tracing immigrant ancestors Step-by-steps for finding and using records from both the United States and Scotland Crash-course guides to Scottish history, geography, surnames, and naming conventions Whether your ancestors hail from the Highlands or the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, this book will help you grow your family tree in Scotland.

Author Notes

Amanda Epperson (Berea, OH) ⪦> is a writer, lecturer, and professional genealogist. She holds a PhD in history from the University of Glasgow, with emphasis in emigration from Scotland to the United States.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
Part 1 Linking Your Family Tree to Scotland
Chapter 1 Discovering Your Scottish Heritage Learn more about your heritage with this history of the Scottish in America: Scottish cuisine and celebrations, famous Scottish Americans, and the all-important tartan.p. 9
Chapter 2 Jump-Starting your Scottish Research Set yourself up for research success. This chapter will help you start your genealogy research, with expert first steps, genealogy best practices, and important research principles.p. 23
Chapter 3 Identifying your Immigrant Ancestor Discover the ancestors who braved the New World with this chapter's guides to finding your ancestors name, immigration date, and place of origin in US records like census records, passenger lists, and more.p. 35
Part 2 Getting to Know the Old Country
Chapter 4 Understanding Scottish History Delve into your homeland's storied past with this quick guide to Scottish history (and how it affects your research), from the Picts to William Wallace to today.p. 53
Chapter 5 Understanding Scottish Geography Step back in time to "visit" your ancestors' lands. This chapter discusses Scottish administrative divisions, plus how to use resources like OS maps, gazetteers, and atlases.p. 67
Chapter 6 Deciphering Scottish Names And Handwriting Track your ancestors in records databases with this chapter's tips for understanding Scottish given names, surnames, and naming conventions.p. 86
Part 3 Tracing Your Family in Scotland
Chapter 7 Civil Registration Locate your ancestors in the official records of the old country. This chapter discusses Scotland's civil registration system and how to find civil records on and Scotlands People.p. 97
Chapter 8 Church Records Explore the faith lives of your ancestors with this chapter's guide to the Old Parish Registers created by the Church of Scotland, kirk session records, and vital records created by other religious institutions.p. 109
Chapter 9 Census Records find your ancestors hiding in Scottish census records with this guide to finding and using censuses and census substitutes.p. 123
Chapter 10 Wills and Property Records Unearth your ancestors and the places they called home. This chapter explains how to use wills, property records, and sasines.p. 139
Chapter 11 Occupational and Military Records Investigate your ancestor's day-to-day life with occupational records that document their ministry, military service, or work as a tradesman.p. 153
Chapter 12 Other Records Search far and wide for your ancestors in records that don't fit into a single category, such as published family histories, newspapers, legal records (called deeds), tombstones, and more.p. 171
Part 4 Advanced Sources and Strategies
Chapter 13 Putting It All Together Witness this book's techniques in action with these two case studies from real-life research.p. 187
Chapter 14 What to Do When You Get Stuck Blast down your brick walls with this chapter's techniques for overcoming research dead-ends.p. 200
Appendix A Websites, Publications, and Archivesp. 207
Appendix B Societiesp. 217
Appendix C Latin Word Listp. 222
Appendix D Worksheetsp. 225
Indexp. 231