Genealogy at a Glance: Scottish Genealogy Research. Updated Edition


Author: Dobson, David
Publication Date: 2020
Pages: 4 pp., folded


One of the most popular publications in our Genealogy at a Glance series, Scottish Genealogy Research, has now been updated to reflect the changes in Scottish genealogy research since the original edition of this work was published in 2010—for example, the merger of the General Register Office for Scotland (GROS) and the National Archives of Scotland (NAS) to form the National Records of Scotland (NRS); the release of the 1911 census; and the increase in searchable databases available online.

In Genealogy at a Glance: Scottish Genealogy Research, Updated Edition, the renowned Scottish author Dr. David Dobson brings his expertise to bear in a shrewd distillation of facts about Scottish genealogical research. Because there are so many people of Scottish descent worldwide, he uses emigration history as a jumping off point, from there proceeding to tackle the immense body of unique Scottish records which includes Old Parish Records of the Church of Scotland; post-1854 statutory records of births, marriages, deaths, divorces, civil partnerships and same-sex marriages; and census returns from 1841 to 1911.

Dobson then focuses on the remaining Scottish genealogical records, from traditional wills and testaments to the lesser known kirk session records and services of heirs. Along the way he seeds the text with research tips and references to key publications, concluding with an indispensable list of online resources, which are now the focal point of Scottish genealogy research.

These may be the best four pages you’ll ever read on Scottish genealogy, and you can read them at a glance and with absolute confidence that your research is pointed in the right direction.

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