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Using the Sources within the National Records of Scotland


Lorna Kinnaird explains the sources a researcher can access, either in person by ordering out documents or from the Virtual Volumes.

 Virtual Volumes is an online service enabling us to access the National Records of Scotland’s thousands of historical records. The Virtual Volumes records are not intensively indexed, for example by personal name.

 Lorna offers tips on how to use the catalogue effectively.


About the speaker: Lorna Kinnaird is a Scottish professional genealogist accredited by ASGRA who has been researching her family since she was 17 years old and for clients professionally since 2012.  She runs Dunedin Links Genealogy from her home in Edinburgh. 

Lorna has a passion for seeking and finding Scots throughout the British Isles.  A trip to the LMA in 2019 found the Caledonian Asylum Petitions which she is in the process of cataloguing for a database and then perhaps a book. She is also involved in the Reivers Festival which takes place each March at Hawick providing a joint talk on finding a reiver ancestor.  Lorna is also a course tutor for IHGS. 

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