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!

Monday, 31 December 2012

Scottish Graveyards Project

If you are looking for links to graveyards in Scotland, this website might be of  help to you:


I Can't Find My Immigrant Ancestor

Finding our ancestors who left Scotland and emigrated to Canada, America, India, South Africa, New Zealand or Australia can be difficult, but it doesn't have to be. FindMyPast has a database of those leaving the UK.

 They have now extracted those records and placed them on a separate website, Ancestors On Board. Also in this database are businessmen or diplomats who may have traveled regularly between the UK and other points in the Commonwealth.

Although stand-alone, the website links you back to FindMyPast UK to view the image of the ships passenger list. This is a pay-per-view site and each image is 5 credits to view.

Friday, 28 December 2012

Fife Headstone Transcriptions Added to Deceased Online

Deceased Online has added headstone inscriptions for 18 cemeteries in Fife dating back to 1753. These include:

  • Auchterderran Churchyard and Bowhill Cemetery, Fife
  • Ballingry Churchyard and Cemetery, Fife
  • Beath New Cemetery, Fife
  • Beath Old Cemetery, Fife
  • Burntisland Cemetery, Fife
  • Burntisland Churchyards of Kirkton and St Columbas, Fife
  • Crombie Churchyard, Fife
  • Culross Churchyard, Fife
  • Culross West Kirk and Culross Abbey, Fife
  • Cupar Churchyard and St James Cemetery, Fife
  • Douglas Bank Cemetery, Fife
  • Ferryport On Craig Cemetery, Fife
  • Forgan Churchyard, Fife

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

FindMyPast Has a Christmas Gift for You

As a promotion, FindMyPast.co.uk is giving out 50 free pay-as-you-go credits. This free offer runs from December 26th until Janury 2nd. To activate, click the button that says "claim your credits now" and then use the code: SNOWFLAKE. It's as simple as that.

Happy Hunting

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Deceased Online Adds Headstone Collection for Angus and Dundee

Deceased Online has also a new range of Headstone Collections, including 31 burial sites in the Angus region and another 6 cemeteries in Dundee City. You can search under the 'headstone collections' option. http://www.deceasedonline.com/

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Giving the Gift of Memories

I remember as a teen, my "aunt" opening up a gift on Christmas. It was a china mug and her response was "just what I need - another dust collector" While her comment seemed callous at the time, I soon came to realize that after a certain age, gifts become less meaningful.

There comes a time when we all realize that after we are gone, the only thing that will remain are the memories that we have created and with that in mind, I always strive to give meaningful gifts to my elderly aunts, uncles, cousins, friends. Everyone looks forward to the annual heritage calendars. Other gifts that have been meaningful have included heritage scrapbooks, family recipe books (along with memories about the items contained within), or DVDs of old photos or home movies.

It can even be as simple as an old, treasured photograph, scrapbooked in a frame that creates the warmth and wonder of the memories associated with it.

Give some thought to the elder people (or the genealogy-minded) in your family or friendship circles and help to re-create fond memories for them this holiday season.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Deceased Online Adds Ayrshire Records

From their announcement:

Scottish transcriptions collection increases to 16 Ayrshire burial sites
•Deceased Online continues to grow its collection of Scottish memorial inscriptions (SMIs) with the addition of thousands of records in 14 cemeteries, burial grounds and churchyards in Ayrshire
•There are now 16 burial sites with SMIs, dating back to 1611, in the registration county of Ayrshire (comprising East, North and South Ayrshire councils) and these are listed here
•In total, there are now SMIs from over 200 cemeteries, burial grounds and churchyards across Scotland
•SMI data includes photographs of memorials and headstones as well as their carefully transcribed inscriptions


Thursday, 6 December 2012

Scottish Handwriting

Michael J Leclerc of Movaco's blog has written a great post on Scottish Handwriting. So good, in fact, I wanted to share:


Give the Gift of Heritage

If you are looking for a special gift for your genealogy sleuth this Christmas, why not give them the gift of connecting with their ancestral heritage. Take them to Scotland. Allow them time in the archives to research their roots. Tour their villages, town, graveyards. Learn the history and culture. Create a memory of a lifetime. Help your genealogist search their roots and discover their heritage.
Non-genealogy partners travel for half price.


Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Do You Have Covenanter Ancestors?

From the National Library of Scotland Blog: 

“During the seventeenth century, the Scottish Covenanters were fighting for their religious freedoms against the King in London. Many were martyred for their cause and monuments to those who died can be found in many areas of Scotland.  

If you are looking for specific Covenanting ancestors, the ‘Scottish Covenanter Genealogical Index’ by Isabelle McCall MacLean (2007) may be of interest. There is also the ‘Register of the Rev. John MacMillan: Being a Record of Marriages and Baptisms Solemnised by him among the Cameronian Societies’, edited by Rev. Henry Paton (1908). This latter title is a record of the marriages and baptisms of Covenanters during the period 1706-1751.”



Monday, 3 December 2012

New Record Sets Added to Hebridespeople.com

The new records are for families connected with the Isles of Harris, Berneray and St Kilda. 

From the announcement: 

The database also allows access to two further unique features - family
notes and family sheets. These take the researcher beyond research
into individual persons to research into whole families. The family
notes give a summary of the family history. They are based on the 1851
census as a datum-line, working back as far as possible – usually to
the generation born in about 1750/60, and forward as far as 1920. The
family sheets are hand-written work-sheets, compiled by Bill Lawson for
each family, showing the lines of descent in the male line, together
with cross referencing of the female line to their spouses’ family
sheets. There is also a gazetteer available, with a summarised history
of each township for those less familiar with Harris.” 

This is a pay-per-view site where you purchase and then redeem credits to view the documents.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Scots In Jamaica

If you have Scottish Ancestors who emigrated to Jamaica, you will be interested in this book by David Dobson. Jamaica was a place where Covenanters and Jacobites were once banished to. In the late 1700s as part of the Clearances, highlanders began emigrating, especially those from Argyll. Jamaica was seen as a land of opportunity for merchants, physicians and clergy.

The book includes a number of resources to use in your search for your Scots-Jamaican ancestors as well as ships lists for those who were transported or who emigrated to Jamaica.

The book sells for about $20 and is available through your local bookstore, or through Amazon.