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Linda Jonas 2006


George F. Black, The Surnames of Scotland: Their Origin, Meaning, and History


Finding Aids

Frank Smith's Inventories: This is probably the single most valuable finding aid to British Isles sources held in the Family History Library collection. Smith's Inventory of Genealogical Sources was compiled by Frank Smith and a team of researchers who indexed items in periodicals, books, and microfilms which are not specifically listed in the Family History Library Catalog.  There are inventories for England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. All serious researchers must use both the FHLC and Frank Smith's Inventories. The inventory for Scotland is on fiche #6110528.


General Reference

Peter Gouldesbrough, Formulary of Old Scots Legal Documents. Because legal documents are often written in unfamiliar script and unfamiliar language but in a standard format, this book is an essential reference tool. It contains the standard format of Scottish legal documents in the original language and with English translations.

Robinson, Maire, ed. The Concise Scots Dictionary. This book contains words that have unique meanings in Scotland.

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