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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, 30 April 2017

SCOTSMAN Newspaper Archives Added to Findmypast!

Great news for those researching their Scottish Ancestors! The Scotsman Archives have been added to Findmypast and are available as part of your Premium subscription. 

The Scotsman was founded in 1817 as a weekly newspaper. In 1850, it became a daily newspaper, becoming Scotland's National Newspaper in 1873. 

The Scotsman has had a digital archive online for quite some time. But there has been a fairly hefty subscription fee. The addition of the Scotsman to the British Newspaper Archive is a welcome one for those of us researching our Scottish ancestry. 

What are you waiting for? Log in and start searching!


Updates to the ScotlandsPeople Website

Since the launch of the new website, ScotlandsPeople has been fraught with challenges and outages that have caused a great deal of anxiety. Work behind the scenes continues to make changes that have been identified as challenging or ineffective. ScotlandsPeople keeps their consumers up to date with alerts and updates about what they have been working on. Here's the latest: 


We continue to be promised that the Kirk Session records will be coming online. Long overdue as many of us have been waiting in excess of five years for them to finally be launched. 

The website says "other court records" which will be a wonderful addition to family history researchers. Hopefully the wait for them will be far less than the wait for Kirk Session Records.

What would be really, really nice would be the launch of the 1939 Register so that those with Scottish ancestors can be as fortunate as those with ancestors in other parts of Great Britain and be able to access the Register online

They say "good things come to those who wait" Hopefully the wait will be in our lifetimes and won't be our descendants looking for us.

Friday, 7 April 2017


I have launched a new online course for Scottish genealogy learning. These eCourses use a combination of text and video to enhance your learning experience. 

BOOT CAMP is a three week, intensive learning course that covers:

  • Getting Started
  • Using the ScotlandsPeople's Website
  • Legitimacy
  • Scottish Marriages
  • Scottish Naming Pattern
  • Filling Your Scottish Genealogy Toolbox
  • Digging Deeper
  • Beyond ScotlandsPeople
  • Brick Wall Busters
  • Researching in Local Archives
  • Resources at the National Archives of Scotland
  • Resources at the National Library of Scotland
  • Court Records
  • Asylum Records
  • Poor Law Records
  • Preparing for a Genealogy Research Trip to Scotland

You do not need to have any prior experience researching Scottish ancestors, but should know what part of Scotland your ancestors were from. 

To register for this course, the Beginner's Course or the Digging Deeper course, visit the website at: