Welcome to Scottish Genealogy Tips And Tidbits

A wee bit of info to help you in your journey to discover your Scottish Ancestors and maybe even crack a brick wall or two!

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Anniversary of the Battle of Dunbar

The Battle of Dunbar took place on this date in 1650. 10,000 Scottish soldiers were captured. About 3,500 were released due to injury, illness or weakness. The remaining prisoners of the war were force marched down to Durham where they were to be imprisoned in the Cathedral. An additional 3,500 men died during the journey.

Roughly half of the men imprisoned in the Cathedral died in captivity. Two mass graves containing the bones of some of these men was uncovered in November 2013. More about these men can be found on here: https://www.dur.ac.uk/archaeology/research/projects/europe/pg-skeletons/

The rest of the prisoners were sold or transported to the colonies. The first 150 of these men were taken to London where they boarded the Unity and made their way to Boston Mass. 62 of the 150 men were indentured to the Saugus Iron Works.

These Scottish prisoners were instrumental in the birth of the Iron and Steel industries in North America. For the most part, they were well treated, being given housing, food, beer, clothing and tobacco. Most of the men worked as wood cutters. After the closing of the Iron Works, some of the men went north to Maine where they worked in saw mills.

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Scottish ViC Registration OPEN

The 2019 Scottish ViC will be held on Saturday January 26th, 2019 from 8:30 am until 6:30 pm. There are seven presentations by seven presenters over the course of the day:

Plenary – Scottish Studies History Professor Kevin James will present The Highlander and the Lad O' Pairts: Patterns of Scottish Migration to Canada

Glasgow City Archives Senior Archivist Irene O’Brien will present on Poor Law Records.

Retired NRS Archivist Margaret Fox will present on High Court Records in her Genealogy In presentation the records of the High Court of Justiciary

Genealogist Emma Maxwell will present on Sheriff Court Records

LivingDNA Co-Founder David Nicholson will present An Introduction to LivingDNA

NLS Enquiries Assistant Elaine Brown will present on the wealth of Resources available at the National Library of Scotland for Family History Research.

Genealogy Educator Christine Woodcock will present Online Resources for Scottish Research

Seven presentation for $99. All presentations will be available from January 26th, when they are released on a timed schedule until January 31st at midnight (eastern) to allow for time zone challenges. 

Virtual presentations, live Q&A, handouts and virtual marketplace all for one low price. 

Friday, 24 August 2018


I will be hosting a series of free webinars for those who are researching your Scottish ancestors. 

Scottish Genealogy - The Basics
This webinar will get you started on your journey to discover your Scottish ancestors.

Brick Wall Busters for Scottish Research
This webinar will help give you ideas for moving your Scottish research forward.

Those Poor Daft Scots
Poor Law and Asylum records provide rich resources for family history and allow you to catch a glimpse into the lives of your ancestors at a time when they were in need of assistance.

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

FREE WEBINAR! Cloud Storage for Family History Preservation

Join me on Wednesday August 29th at 8 pm Eastern to learn how to use Permanent Cloud Storage to preserve your family history documents, photos, videos and storied for your life time. Guaranteed. 

Claim your FREE 2gb account (about 1500 photos). 

We will use nested albums to organize your family history according to family lines. In each album you can store photos, documents (jpeg, png, tiff or pdf), stories (pdf) and video. The Forever guarantee. Learn how to share your research with others, how to appoint an account manager to manage your research after you are no longer here or no longer able. YOU decide what happens to your photos, documents, videos and stories. 

Register here for the webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/62580196696444930


Join me at 8 pm Eastern for a FREE webinar on creating family photo books in an evening. Yes, you CAN make a family history book. And you can do it quickly and with quality. Let me walk you through the process tonight. 

If you aren't ready for a family history book, give it a try for creating a memory book for an elderly relative, a memoir of a family vacation or as a thank you for a beloved family friend. 

Here's the link to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3545770361318593794

Saturday, 11 August 2018

There are still a few cabins left for the Celtic Genealogy Cruise May 4-16 2019. There are research opportunities in Dublin, Glasgow, Inverness and Edinburgh. 

There will be opportunities to consult with genealogists in Dublin (from the Irish Family History Centre) Belfast (from the Ulster Historical Society) and on board for those with Scottish ancestors. 

Historic excursions will be available for those who don't have ancestors from a given port or for those who are accompanying researchers. These include: The EPIC Emigration Museum, The Titanic Centre, Loch Lomond, Culloden Moor, Clava Cairns and Fort George. 
In Edinburgh there is the chance to take an Outlander tour of the filming locations.

If you book a cabin with a balcony or a mini suite before September 5th, Princess will give you a FREE drinks package, worth $144 per day. Definitely worth the upgrade!

Book your cabin between September 11 and September 18 for just $100:

Friday, 27 July 2018

RootsTech Hotels Are Ready for You!

The hotels around the Salt Palace are ready for booking for your stay in Salt Lake City when you attend RootsTech in 2019. The hotels are a really short walk to the Salt Palace, which is a good thing since there is already enough walking inside the Salt Palace. The hotels make great gathering places in the early mornings and late evenings to share your excitement from attending the conference and to connect with others who speak your language (all things genealogy).

The key hotels are the Marriott City Centre, The Hilton City Centre, The Salt Palace Hotel and The Radisson. 

Here's what you need to know including pricing and availability: