When researching your Scottish ancestry, you should arm yourself with these two important pieces of information, courtesy of our Scottish Genealogy Research Strategies course:
Naming patterns are clues
Scottish parents usually named their children following a specific pattern, which may result in names repeated within families. The firstborn son was named after the father’s father, and the second-born son was named after the mother’s father.
Firstborn daughters were named after their mother’s mother, and second-born daughters were named after their father’s mother.
Focus on the middle names to distinguish two or more family members with the same name.
Knowing the parish is key
In order to research thoroughly, especially given the likelihood that several relatives will have the same name, you’ll want to know the parish where your ancestor resided—as well as the surrounding parishes. That’s because your family may have moved into neighboring parishes, but they were less likely to move to neighboring counties.
Family Tree University’s four-week online course Scottish Genealogy Research Strategies will help you get started discovering your ancestry back to and within Scotland. Find out more about the Scottish Genealogy Research Strategies course at Family Tree University.