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!

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Computer Basics for Genealogy

If you are interested in making your computer experience for genealogy more user-friendly, join me for a talk on Computer Basics for Genealogy on Sunday March 25th from 2 - 4 pm at the Brant Genealogy Society Library 114 Powerline Road, Brantford.

Topics covered will include:

  • Using/Comparing Genealogy Software
  • Creating and Uploading GEDCOM files
  • Mocavo Search Engine for genealogy
  • Genealogy In Time search engine, blog reader, twitter buzz and toolbar
  • Subscribing to RSS feeds
  • Keyboard short-cuts
Feel free to bring your questions so we can help make using a computer for genealogy easier for you.

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Scottish Genealogy Workshop

We had a great day in Hamilton today with a jam packed day of researching scottish ancestry. For those that missed the talk, I will be in Kitchener at the KPL (Country Hills Branch) on March 19th starting at 6:30 pm.
The session is free. However, you are encouraged to call the library to reserve a spot (519-743-3558).

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Records Updated at AncestryUK and FindMyPast

News out of London today, with the excitement around the Who Do You Think You Are?Live! Genealogy event happening, both AncestryUK and FindMyPast have updated their databases and added new collections.
Ancestry's additions involve the census records for the UK. Specifically, for the 1891 census, they have added new records to the England and Wales databases. The updates for the 1861 census records include Isle of Man, Channel Islands and England and the updates for 1911 are for England.

FindMyPast has added an update to their Merchant Seamen database.

Ancestry also has a promo on right now with a 6 month world deluxe subscription available for just $99. This is just a few dollars less than the regular subscription price, but is now only for 6 months instead of 12. World deluxe is not available on a month by month payment scheme, and many people balk at paying for the full subscription up front. This allows  you half the cost for half the time. At the end of the 6 months, if you do not cancel, you will be charged the full 12 month renewal fee.

Happy Searching!

Thursday, 16 February 2012

FindMyPast Adds Transcription of 1891 Census for Scotland

Word from FindMyPast this morning that they have added the transcriptions of the 1891 Scottish census records to their collection. The word is that the 1901 will be available on FindMyPast shortly. While the actual images are not available on FindMyPast, the transcriptions really are very good and far better than any other transcription service (including Ancestry). The information in the transcriptions includes all of the vital information needed to locate your ancestors and to learn more about their whereabouts, occupations, marital status, age, year and place of birth as well as their family composition.

You do not need a subscription to access these records. They are also available on a pay-per-view basis. Each view will cost you 5 credits. 60 credits can be purchased for £9.95 ($15.75 CDN/USD). These are good for 90 days and will allow you 12 transcription views. 


Happy Searching! 

Monday, 13 February 2012

Ancestry UK Adding Scottish Valuation Rolls

News comes that Ancestry.co.uk is adding Valuation rolls for Scotland. At the moment, Perthshire valuation rolls are online at Ancestry.co.uk.
Valuation rolls are helpful in between census periods and can add information such as year, description of property, name of owner, name of tenant and the value of the property.

Happy Searching!

Friday, 10 February 2012

British Newspaper Archive Introduces 7 Day Credit System

The British Newspaper Archive has responded to consumer suggestions and now has a 7 day package. This allows people to have a weekend to search, regardless of when the package is purchased. The 7 day package allows 600 credits and costs just under £10 ($15 Canadian/ $13 USD).

Here's the link to get you started: http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/

Happy Searching!

Friday, 3 February 2012

Island of Wings - The Early St Kildans

I recently read a brilliant book, Island of Wings. It is the story of Neil McKenzie and his wife, Lizzie, who left mainland Scotland for St Kilda where Neil was to be one of the last ministers on the island.

The book provides a rare insight into early life on the island of St Kilda in the generations prior to their evacuation and repatriation to the mainland. It is hard to comprehend that the islanders lived for hundreds of years a life unchanged from their ancestors before them. Seabirds were the main staple. The winters were ferocious and added to further isolation. It was common for children to die within the first 8 days of their lives. The islanders lived in hovels with dirt floors, no windows and the inside entrance-way was used as the family toilet for the winter months. Yet through it all there is a wonderful sense of community, resilience of spirit and reverence for those that lived before them. The book is a truly insightful look at the social history of this remote island.

Island of Wings is available from Chapters or Amazon for about $17.

Happy searching reading!