Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry

Third Edition


Author: Cory, Kathleen B., Revised and updated by Leslie Hodgson
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: xviii 260 pp.


Revised and updated by Leslie Hodgson, this 3rd edition of Kathleen Cory’s Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry is the most informative guide to Scottish ancestry ever to come on the market. Packed with information and advice on basic research techniques, it focuses on the holdings of the two principal Scottish record repositories–New Register House and the National Archives of Scotland (formerly the Scottish Record Office). With records of births, marriages, and deaths, census returns, and Old Parish Registers found at the first-named location, and wills, testaments, deeds, and church records at the other, the author leads you on a thorough search of genealogical sources.

New subjects covered in the 3rd edition include the reorganization of local archives, the digitization and accessibility of old records, and the use of local history in genealogy. There are also chapters on family names, clans and tartans, heraldry, and record repositories outside of Edinburgh. In addition, there are six appendices covering such topics as Internet access to Scottish records, useful addresses, and lists of parishes, counties, and commissariots.

Profusely illustrated with maps, forms, documents, and charts, the book ends with a not-to-be-missed tutorial
on drawing up a family tree.

Editorial Reviews
“Mrs. Cory has compiled a research guide which should serve as an excellent introduction to Scottish genealogy, and a helpful companion to the more experienced researcher . . .The entire text is written in a style that is clear and easy to follow. An informative and amusing introduction rounds out this highly recommended book.”–THE NEW YORK GENEALOGICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD, Vol. 124, No. 1 (January 1993).

“Everyone with an interest in Scottish genealogy will welcome this publication, which is probably the most comprehensive guide to the subject ever produced.”–THE MANCHESTER GENEALOGIST (July 1991)

“Mrs. Cory uses common-sense and efficiency to guide the reader through Scottish genealogical studies and, in her easy style, prepares the reader to overcome the many pitfalls that are peculiar to the field.”–GENEALOGISTS’ MAGAZINE (June 1991).

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