Welcome to Scottish Genealogy Tips And Tidbits

A wee bit of info to help you in your journey to discover your Scottish Ancestors and maybe even crack a brick wall or two!

Monday, 19 February 2018

Irish ViC: Sources for Finding Seventeenth-Century Families in Ireland

Fintan Mullan will present on Sources for Finding Seventeenth-Century Families in Ireland

This presentation will look at those sources which can throw light on families in the seventeenth century. It identifies documents relating to the Plantation period (1610–41) and also considers sources from the second half of the seventeenth century, such as hearth money rolls, the Civil Survey and poll books, which are of use to genealogists. The presentation will also present information on a range of resources published in the past few years which can help researchers. The sources discussed, in many instances, relate to the island of Ireland and not only Ulster.

To register for the ViC: https://www.genealogyvic.com/

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Irish ViC - Meet the Presenters

                 The Irish ViC (virtual conference) will take place on Saturday April 21, 2018

Gillian Hunt is Research Officer with the Ulster Historical Foundation and manages the Foundation’s many genealogical activities. She teaches genealogy classes in various educational institutions in Northern Ireland and has spoken in Britain and North America and Australasia.

Gillian will present on Using Church Records for Irish Family History Research

Fintan Mullan has been Executive Director of Ulster Historical Foundation since 2001. He has extensive experience in Irish family history research and publishing, and is a regular international speaker on Irish genealogy.

Fintan will present on Finding 17th Century Families in Ireland

Genealogist Chris Paton is the author of several Irish based research guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923, Discover Irish Land Records, Irish Family History Resources Online and Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet, available in North America from Global Genealogy http://www.globalgenealogy.com/authors/paton-chris/chris-paton.htm

Chris will present on Irish Land Records

Fiona Fitzsimons is a founder and Director of Eneclann, a Trinity College Dublin Campus company specializing in historic research and digitization of records. She formerly tutored at Trinity College, and still contributes regular seminars at the Innovation Academy, a joint initiative of Trinity College, University College Dublin, and Queen’s University Belfast.

Fiona will present on Finding Women in the Irish Records

Maurice Gleeson, a psychiatrist and pharmaceutical physician by day and a genetic genealogist by night, is administrator for the Gleason/Gleeson, Spearin, Farrell, Irish Caribbean DNA and WW1 Missing Legacy projects. He has organised the DNA Lectures for "Genetic Genealogy Ireland" in Dublin and Back To Our Past in Belfast. Maurice has recently authored a special DNA issue for Moorshead Magazines and is working to complete one on Irish Research as well. 

Maurice will present in Making Online Resources Work for You

5 Presentations for just $79.00 https://www.genealogyvic.com/


Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Staying Connected to the Pages You “Like”

Facebook has once again changed the algorithms that determine what shows up in your news feed. The gurus have decided that if one of your posts sparks a debate and gets lots of comments then you must want to see more of that. So the algorithms will be pushing posts from your friends and family to the forefront of your news feed and the pages that you like will be pushed down on the list.

The change has been, once again, to regulate the big corporations that use free Facebook feeds as an advertising avenue. So companies, corporations etc will be way down in your postings. Facebook doesn’t want you spending lots of time on shopping sites, travel sites etc. They want you to like the free stuff from friends and family. In many ways this feels like a return to the mundane and mindlessness that was once Facebook. But you can still have control over what pops up in your feed. Here’s how:

From your home page, go to the top right corner and look for the little down arrow next to the big ? mark in a circle:

Click on the arrow and scroll toward the bottom of the drop down menu to the line that says “News Feed Preferences”

Click on that line and at that top of the page that opens you will see “Prioritize who to see first” 

Click on that and everyone and everything you follow. Simply click on the things you want showing up in your newsfeed then click the blue box that says “DONE”   

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Virtual Conferences - Are They the Way of the Future?


Conferences are an important learning experience. They bring like minded people together. They give us the chance to learn from the best in the biz. They give us new energy, new ideas and show us new resources. 

But conferences are expensive. Not the registration fees. They tend to be quite reasonable. But for most of us, we have to add in travel costs, accommodation costs, time away from work, family, friends. 

I have some incredibly talented colleagues in Scotland. I've had the pleasure of listening to them and have always learned from the experience. Even when their talk is on a topic I already know. They bring a different perspective or a different strategy and from that comes the learning.

I have been very fortunate that three of my tour groups have been in Scotland when the Scottish Association of Family History Societies were holding their annual conference. And I have also been fortunate that two other groups were in Scotland when the Scottish Genealogy Society was holding their monthly meetings. The experience has been one I've wanted to replicate for other people who are researching from afar. 

And this weekend, it happened! 80 people learned from five speakers on five topics pertaining to Scottish genealogy. We gathered together around our computers. Listened to a presentation, then there was a flurry of interaction while questions were asked and answered. Then it was on to the next presentation. The day flew by.  

The day was exhausting in that our minds were overflowing. But the day was incredibly energizing in that our minds were overflowing. New ideas, new resources, new strategies. And best of all, we were all in our comfy clothes, tea, coffee or hot cocoa in a mug and if we had to leave for a few minutes, no one was being disturbed in their learning. If we didn't want to hear the questions, we could pass that by and not feel like we were being rude to the speaker. 

The ViC included a virtual marketplace with vendors and exhibitors showing us how their products or services could enhance our genealogy research and not once did we have to stand in line. 

The reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. It has helped me to realize that virtual conferences are a great way of moving forward. Less expense, less disruption to our lives and still an incredible learning experience. 

Here's some of the feedback: https://www.genealogyvic.com/praise-for-virtual-conferences.html

What about YOU? Would you be willing to attend a virtual conference? Let me know in the comments below

Dundee Industrial Schools Admission Indexes

Between 1855 and 1916, the Dundee Industrial Schools took in children from all over the country. The Admission Indexes are available online at:

These are listed alphabetically and are also separated into Boys and Girls. The information provided includes:

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Birthplace
  • Residence
  • Admission Date
  • Father's Name 
  • Mother's Name

The lists and fully downloadabe and  can be found at:

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Place Names Around Grantown-on-Spey

Scottish genealogist, Chris Halliday, has just released his new book:

'Place Names Around Grantown-on-Spey'. 

Over 1000 place names and walks, many not on current Ordnance Survey maps covering Grantown and the parish of Cromdale, Inverallan and Advie.

The book can be purchased on Amazon

Friday, 26 January 2018

Announcing the Irish ViC - virtual conference!

For those with Scottish ancestors who crossed the water to Ireland for a generation or two, I have organized an Irish ViC (virtual conference). 

Five speakers, five topics: 

Making Irish Online Sources Work for You, presented by Maurice Gleeson
Sources for Finding Seventeenth Century Families in Ireland, presented by Fintan Mullan
Using Church Record for Irish Family History, presented by Gillian Hunt
Finding Women in the Irish Records, presented by Fiona Fitzsimons
Finding Your Irish Ancestors in Scotland, presented by Chris Paton

All five presentations for $79cad

Register HERE