Scottish Genealogy Research Strategies Online Genealogy Course

Course starts October 8, 2018

More people in the Americas can claim Scottish descent than the current population of Scotland. Scotland’s colorful history is rife with events that make for fascinating tales and inspire awe in our ancestors’ strength and fortitude but also makes the search for their records more complicated. This 4-week online genealogy course provides the tools and resources you need to overcome those complications and find your Scottish ancestors.

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Get the Tools to Trace your Scottish Roots!

By the end of this four-week online genealogy course, you’ll have gained a thorough understanding of the techniques and challenges to finding records of your Scottish ancestors. You’ll be able to gather and use online and offline resources available to break through brick walls and overcome many of the research challenges unique to tracing your Scottish ancestors.

You’ll love this course if:

  • You want to find records of your Scottish ancestors and break down brick walls
  • You want to see the world through your Scottish ancestor’s eyes
  • You want resources and practical strategies designed specifically to target your Scottish ancestry

You’ll gain access to the skills and tools to find your Scottish ancestors through a combination of written and video lessons, along with the opportunity to ask questions and get answers from experienced Scottish genealogist, Christine Woodcock.

In this course, you’ll:

  • Learn how to trace your Scottish immigrant ancestors in the United States and Canada
  • Gain an overview of the significant Scottish events that sparked emigration and generated records
  • Discover search tips and strategies unique to researching your Scottish ancestry
  • Get resources for finding your Scottish ancestors, from online research tools to researching in Scotland
  • See instructions on using the various search engines and resources to access your Scottish ancestor’s records
  • Practical tips for breaking through brick walls and overcoming challenges in your research

About Your Instructor

Christine Woodcock was born in Scotland, and lives in Canada. She leads genealogy tours to Scotland, where every year, she gets the honor of accompanying groups of genealogy researchers to Scotland where they can immerse themselves in their Scottish ancestry. When not traveling or planning, she lectures and writes about genealogy research. 

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Getting Started with Your Scottish Research

Finding the names and locations of your Scottish ancestors, and understanding the impact of Scottish history on emigration patterns.

Scottish Genealogy Research
  1. Find Your Ancestors
  2. Know Your Geography
  3. Search by Name
  4. Emigration from Scotland
    1. Penal Transportation
    2. Passenger Vessels Acts
    3. Emigration Schemes
    4. Lowland Clearances
    5. Better Job Prospects
    6. Child Immigration

Lesson 2: Common Types of Records

Learn the types of records you can expect to encounter, along with the types of information they contain.

  1. Old Parish Registers
  2. Statutory Records
  3. Wills and Testaments
  4. Church Records
  5. Incorporating Those Records into Your Family Tree

Lesson 3: Digging Deeper

Using library and museum collections in your search.

  1. Library
    1. National Library of Scotland
      • i.Books and Guides
      • ii.Directories and Lists
      • iii.Newspapers
      • iv.Estate Papers
      • v.Maps
    2. The Mitchell Library in Glasgow
    3. Innerpeffray
    4. Dundee Central Library
    5. Edinburgh Central Library
  2. Museums
    1. Edinburgh Museum
    2. People’s Palace
    3. Strathnayer Museum
    4. Timespan Museum
    5. Scottish Mining Museum
    6. New Lanark World Heritage Site
    7. Summerless Industrial Museum
    8. Regimental Museums
    9. Local Family History Societies

Lesson 4: Offline Resources for Scottish Genealogy Research

There are plenty of records and collections that that you can incorporate into your research, even if you can’t go to Scotland yourself.

  1. National Records of Scotland/The National Archives
  2. Local Archives
  3. Examples of Local Archives
  4. University Archives
  5. Other Collections of Interest
Additional Info
Additional Info
SKU R8296
Product Type Course
Author/Speaker/Editor Christine Woodcock
Runtime 4 weeks
Skill Level Beginner, Intermediate
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