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, 28 May 2013

1895 Valuation Rolls Now Available on ScotlandsPeople

ScotlandsPeople has added the 1895 Valuation Rolls to its website. The Valuation Rolls contain the names of owners and occupiers of every property with a rateable value.

The Valuation Rolls are a great way to track your ancestors between census periods:

1881 census, 1895 VR, 1891 Census, 1895 VR, 1901 Census, 1905 VR, 1911 census, 1915 VR

Here is the link:

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Mapping Your Genealogy

If you have thought about printing out maps and putting push pins or sticker dots to represent all of the places your ancestors inhabited, save yourself the work and visit Ancestral Atlas:


This website is free to use. You simply upload your Gedcom file and the website takes over from there, plotting your ancestors onto maps. Little bubble-pins appear to show you who lived in that location and what events took place there.

Give it a try, but not until you have LOTS of time to lose yourself in the fun of mapping your genealogy!

Addressing History

This website takes old postal directory addresses and super-imposes them on both old and current maps. The listings also list address and occupation if known:

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Tracing Your Scottish Rural Ancestors

If you have ancestors who owned or worked on farms here are a couple of databases you may wish to check out. The information you are seeking may not be online, but you can certainly send a query to the archivist for each database.


This database holds History and Accounts for the Society as well as information pertaining to their Shows & Competitions. Additionally, they have records for:

~St Kilda

~Agricultural Statistics

and what they classify as Miscellany:

~Aberdeenshire quarries, manuscript accounts by James Blaikie; 

~Descriptions, memoirs and reports of coalfields;

~Argyll Naval fund accounts and applications;

~Scottish Agricultural Committee for Relief of the Allies letter;

~Scottish Red Cross Agriculture Fund papers  


This database is looking to compile information about the "vanishing settlements and landscapes" that once dotted the country.