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The Scottish Talk: Researching your Scottish Ancestors


Most of the sources that we use to research our Scottish ancestors are the same or very similar to the English & Welsh equivalents but there are some important differences.

The key sources – the birth, marriage and death records (Statutory Registers), the censuses, the parish registers (Old Parish Registers) and the wills and testaments – are relatively easy to access, both onsite at the National Records for Scotland in Edinburgh and via the ScotlandsPeople website, but we’ve got a whole new set of dates to learn and a number of terms and concepts to get to grips with.

This talk will consider the ‘Pros and Cons’ of Scottish research while examining the key sources in some detail. It will also look at records relating to land & property and taxation and will cover the key websites for Scottish research.


About the speaker: Dave Annal has worked as a professional researcher since 1984 and was formerly employed by The National Archives as the Principal Family History Specialist. He has written a number of family history books, andis a regular contributor to Family Tree magazine where he is currently running the Family Tree Academy.

Dave is also a well-known speaker at Family History Society meetings with talks on a wide variety of topics, and also runs his research business, Lifelines Research. He was nominated a fellow of the Society of Genealogists in 2019.

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