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Discover your Scottish Ancestors

As part of an Ancestral Tour we can spend the day at ScotlandsPeople before setting off to visit your ancestors' homelands

ScotlandsPeople centre
Your ancestral trip to Scotland: searching records, visiting places, meeting locals
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"Just returned from two tours of Scotland. The first a coach tour [Insight Tours] around the whole of the upper 2/3 of the country, and the second a genealogical tour for my partner, Ray Robertson conducted by Black Kilt Tours. The latter was brilliantly researched and conducted by Ross whom we highly recommend to all."
                                          
                                               Christopher and Ray, Victoria, Canada.
 Find your past
ScotlandsPeople
2017
Statutory Records

Search results include links to view image or order certificate. The digital images, which are of the original register pages, are restricted as follows for internet research:

    100 years for births
    75 years for marriages
    50 years for deaths

You can also purchase  extracts,  fully certified copies of  births, marriages or deaths
Scotland's genealogy
Scotlands Genealogy
You can save hours of fruitless searchs by employing a professional genealogist
If your ancestors came from Scotland you could be in luck as there is a vast digitised record of birth, marriage, death and census information at your disposal.

Whilst many recent records are closed on the internet to protect the living, there is no such restriction if you visit the the ScotlandsPeople Centre, Edinburgh in person.

Here, gathered together, is a vast amount of family history and genealogical information from its partner organisations dating back almost 500 years. All records, not just indexes, are digitised and available to view on computer screens.

At busy times of the year you are well advised to book ahead.
Seeing your family history in the context of the land is unbelievably satisfying - even if it had been one of hardship - you will swell with pride and probably learn more about yourself.

About your Ancestral Tour

Whilst I can explain much of the social history of your ancestors there are times when searching the basic records just isn't enough and you may wish to consider employing a professional genealogist. These people are highly skilled and can save many hours of fruitless searches.

Your Journey of Discovery

We spend the day at the ScotlandsPeople Centre - building your family tree and then set off to find the locations of significant events in your ancestors' lives. Who knows, you may discover distant cousins still living in the area.

Useful Resources

Tip: start here - Packed with useful information on where to start, records available, tartans, Scotlands history

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General Records Office

The National Archives of Scotland

ScotlandsPeople Centre


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Planning an Ancestral  Tour

Find as much information about your ancestors as possible. Even approximate dates, places  and  ages.

As part of your tour, spend a day in ScotlandsPeople researching your ancestors then head off and discover the places they lived.

If you have started your research and you hold the information in GEDCOM or PAF format (used by Geneology programs)  then export it to me in advance. This will allow me to start planning your vacation.
History People
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is based in the North-East of Scotland and undertakes Scottish family history research for clients across the world. LGBT friendly

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Soldiers' Wills on the ScotlandsPeople website

Soldiers' wills were usually found in pay books retrieved on the battlefield, recorded on forms in Army record offices in Britain, or in the absence of a will, in letters home in which soldiers might mention their last wishes.The vast majority (26,000) of the Soldiers' Wills are from the First World War, and there are also nearly 5,000 from World War Two.

After the War Office had settled the estate of a soldier who died on active service, including entitlements to pay and pension, they sent the will to the civil authorities. For soldiers with a Scottish domicile this was the Commissary Office in Edinburgh. After 1940, the wills were transmitted to Register House in Edinburgh, where they are now preserved by the National Records of Scotland.
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