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Linda Jonas 2006

Many Scottish materials are available online and from the Family History Library through Family History Centers worldwide.

The resources listed in "Scotland" section are to be used in addition to the resources in the "General British Isles" section.

The following items are only a select list of materials. These items are in the process of annotation:


How to do Scottish Research

Hamilton-Edwards, Gerald. In Search of Scottish Ancestry. This book gives excellent coverage to a wide variety of Scottish records.

Irvine, Sherry. Your Scottish Ancestry: A Guide for North Americans.

James, Alwyn. Scottish Roots is a good book for beginning Scottish Researchers.

Jonas, Linda and Paul Milner.  A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your Scottish Ancestors: How to Find and Record Your Unique Heritage.  This book provides step-by-step instructions to the most important records for Scottish research.

Moody, David. Scottish Local History

Scottish Record Office, Guide to the National Archives of Scotland is the official guide to Scottish Records held in the National Archives of Scotland. The name of the archive was changed from the "Scottish Record Office" to "National Archives of Scotland" in 1999.

Cecil Sinclair, Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors in the Scottish Record Office is a wonderful book on Scottish Records that focuses on records of interest to family historians. It is particularly useful if you plan to visit the National Archives of Scotland (formerly called Scottish Record Office). After you read about a record in this book, use the Family History Library Catalog to see if the material you want has been microfilmed.

Donald J Steel, Sources for Scottish Genealogy and Family History is part of the National Index of Parish registers, volume 12. This book is particularly strong on non-conformist records.

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