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!

Friday, 27 November 2015

75% Off World Subscription for Find My Past

In honour of the American Thanksgiving, FindMyPast is offering a 75% discount on their world subscription. 

Simply enter the code THNKSGNG15 for a 75% discount on our 12 month World subscription giving you instant access to billions of family records from across the globe (code expires 11/30/2015).

Click Here to get your discount. 

Monday, 23 November 2015

Registration Opens TODAY!!

Registration for the Great Canadian Genealogy Summit is now OPEN!!

Full registration includes the Opening Keynote on Friday night, a full day of workshops on Saturday, the closing Plenary on Sunday. Also included are your breakfast and lunch on Saturday, coffee and pastries Sunday morning, free access to FindMyPast for the weekend, a free course registration to NIGS, access to the marketplace and loads of time to network and share with others. 

Program choices include:
  • French Canadian research
  • Canadian Research
  • Irish Research
  • English Research
  • Scottish Research

Options to add-on are:
  • Bus between the hotel and the Ontario Archives for a full day of research. 
  • A hands on workshop with the Dominion Genealogist for those looking to work on their UEL application. 
For those coming from a distance and looking to stay at the hotel, the Summit has secured a reduced rate for the newly renovated rooms. The rate is $135 per room per night. You can register directly from the Great Canadian Genealogy Summit website. 


Thursday, 19 November 2015

Military Service Appeals Tribunal Records Now On ScotlandsPeople

New Records release on ScotlandsPeople. Military Service Appeals Tribunal records relating to the Appeal cases of 5,820 men seeking exemption from military service between 1916 and 1918.

The records cover the Lothians & Peebles, Ross & Cromarty, Sutherland and Lewis areas of Scotland. All others were destroyed. 

The records are searchable by name, address, grounds, and occupation. Until Dec 3, the index is free to search and are only 10 credits to view. After Dec 3, the documents will be 20 credits to view.

Note that you will have to download each page individually. The documents are in jpeg format rather than pdf which would allow you to download the entire record in one go, regardless of number of pages. 

Sunday, 15 November 2015

In Search of Your Scottish Ancestors - Second Edition

Hot of the press is the second edition of my book, In Search of Your Scottish Ancestors.

Included in this edition:

Getting Started with your Scottish research
Navigating the ScotlandsPeople Website
Scottish Naming Pattern
Scottish Marriages
Citing Your Sources
Digging Deeper with Scottish Libraries
Treasures Held by the National Records of Scotland
Local Scottish Archives
University Archives

To order your copy: 

And the Winner Is.....

As a RootsTech Ambassador, I get the privilege of giving away a free pass to RootsTech 2016. To be entered into the draw,  you simply had to send me an email telling me you wanted to be entered. 

All entries were submitted to Random Picker. And the winner is...

Jennifer Bennett from Alberta!! Another Canadian is going to RootsTech! 

Congratulations Jennifer and I will be in touch by email to give you the details of how to get your free registration. 

Friday, 13 November 2015

Scottish SIG Webinar Presenter for December is Chris Paton!

The first Saturday of every month is Scottish Genealogy Saturday with webinars hosted by the Scottish SIG of the Ontario Genealogical Society. 

December's presenter is Chris Paton who will be discussing the records generated by our ancestors when they fell on hard times. 

The webinars have become hugely popular with those researching their Scottish ancestry. They are a fundraiser for the Scottish SIG's Symposium Fund. If you are not able to attend the live event, you can register and pay and have access to the webinar for 30 days afterward. 

DON'T MISS OUT! Register now: 

Monday, 9 November 2015

Tracking Your Scots Emigrant Ancestor Webinar

On Tuesday, December 1, I will be hosting a webinar on Tracking Your Scots Emigrant Ancestor. This webinar will look at 

In this webinar you will learn about the importance of Understanding Emigration in the Historical Context of Scotland, the  Passenger Vessels Acts of 1803 & 1842, the role of Colonial Societies, and both Online and Offline resources for tracking Your Scots Emigrant Ancestor.

For so many of us, all we know about our Scottish ancestor is that they were "From Scotland." The puzzle then becomes to find out where in Scotland and what it was that brought them to North America. To do this, it becomes important to understand emigration from Scotland in terms of the historical context of the country at the time that your ancestor left.

From the early 1600s, Scots began their emigration to the new world. Initially this entailed the New England States and the Maritime Provinces of Canada. From there, many migrated west or over the border between the two countries. If your Scots ancestors were among the early immigrants from Scotland, this lecture will assist you in learning more about them and what it was that brought them to the new world.

In this session you will learn about:

*      Understanding Emigration in the Historical Context of Scotland
*      Online Emigration Databases including Covenanter indices, Jacobite rebellion & Prison ship lists, Selkirk Settler ship lists, re-created ship lists
*      Passenger Vessels Acts of 1803 & 1842
*      Colonial Societies
*      Offline Resources

 To register: