Scottish Roots Toolkit

Scottish Roots Toolkit

Books, Web sites and more

Find it on the Web


Alan Godfrey Maps

<>: More than 100 maps for towns in Scotland.

Ordnance Survey Gazetteer

<>: Find the right map for your ancestor’s village and order online.

New Scottish Council Regions

<> Compare county boundary changes: pre-1974,1974 to 1996 and post-1996.


British Isles Family History Society-USA

<>: The largest society in North America focusing on British ancestry. Site includes a guide to research, publications for sale and links to more. You can also write 2531 Sawtelle Blvd. PMB 134, Los Angeles, CA 90064.

Scottish Association of Family History Societies

<>: Lists member societies in Scotland, England and around the world. Many have Web links.



<>: The gateway to the International Genealogical Index, Ancestral File, Pedigree Resource File, vital records indexes and the Family History Library catalog.


<>: Virtual reference library on Scottish genealogy, with a wealth of information on history, places and records.

All About Scotland

<>: Details the spread of Scots to North America.


<>: Includes history on the Scottish Highlands and information on clans and tartans.


BIFHS-USA National Inventory of Documentary Sources

<>: Lists repositories included in the National Inventory of Documentary Sources in the United Kingdom, found at some large public libraries and university libraries. Family History Library catalog computer numbers are included.

National Archives of Scotland

<>: Formerly the Scottish Record Office.

Public Record Office

<>: The PRO publishes more than 100 leaflets on various research topics. Find a list at <>. The PRO site has an online catalog <> of the largest repository of original English documents, which may contain references to your Scottish ancestors.

Scots Origins

<>: A fee-based service offering access to several major Scottish record groups. Read more about the databases on page 52.

Scottish Archive Network

<>: Funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU) and the National Archives of Scotland (NAS), the site eventually will offer an online index of Scottish wills from 1500 to 1875 with links to digital images of the wills. Scheduled to be up sometime in 2002.

Scottish Census Transcriptions

<>: The site is categorized by county. You’ll find Scottish census and cemetery records, as well as links to sites that have posted census transcriptions, cemetery inscriptions and photographs from around Scotland. The 1901 census is now online.


Cyndi’s List — Scotland

<>: More than 1,000 genealogy-related links for Scotland.

Rampant Scotland Directory of Scottish Web Sites

<>: More than 10,000 links to all things Scottish. Check out the genealogy section.

Scot’s Origins

The Scots Origins service <> popped up four years ago and offers a wealth of records to aid your research. You can access Scottish births/baptisms and marriages/banns from 1553 to 1900, deaths from 1855 on and the 1891 census. Every year an additional year of indexes is added.

You can search by surname, forename, sex, event, year (or year range) of registration, age (deaths and census only), parish or registration district and county (1553 to 1854). Before you decide to use the service, try the free demo so you have an idea how the site works. Searching the indexes costs 6 pounds (about $8) for 30 “page credits” in a 24-hour period. Each page credit is good for at least one entry and at most 15 entries. If you feel confident you’ve found the right person, you can order an extract through the site for 10 pounds (about $14.50).

Be aware that you can access some of the information in Scots Origins from other sources for free. To compare the resources available at various sources, see <>.

Books and Other Resources

• The British Isles Genealogical Register (BIG R) (Federation of Family History Societies, 2000 edition)

Collins Scottish Clan J Family Encyclopedia by George Way and Romilly Squire (HarperCollins)

Concise Scots Dictionary by Mairi Robinson (Columbia University Press)

The Clans, Septs, and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands by Frank Adam and Sir Thomas Innes (Clearfield Co., out of print)

A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue, From the Twelfth Century to the End of the Seventeenth by Sir William Alexander Craigie (Aberdeen University Press)

• Genealogical Word List: Latin, Order this Family History Library guide through the Salt Lake Distribution Center, (801) 240-2504 or download it for free at <> (click on Search/Research Helps/Sorted by Document Type/Word List)

The Highland Clans by Sir lain Moncrieffe of that Ilk (Bramhall House, out of print)

Highland Clans and Tartans by R.W Munro (Octopus Books, out of print)

Scottish Christian Names: An A-Z of First Names by Leslie Alan Dunkling (Cassell, Ltd., out of print)

The Scottish Nation, or, The Surnames, Families, Literature, Honours, and Biographical History of the People of Scotland by William Anderson (Heritage Books, out of print)

The Surnames of Scotland: Their Origin, Meaning and History by George Black (New York Public Library)
For more help discovering your family history in Scotland, see Family Tree Magazine’s Scottish Genealogy Guide Digital Download or the Family Archive CD, Scottish Immigrants to North America, 1600s-1800s: The Collected Works of David Dobson, both available from Family Tree Shop.

From the June 2002 issue of Family Tree Magazine

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