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!



Thursday, 18 December 2014

Poll Tax Records Digitized

ScotlandsPlaces has added 88 new newly digitized volumes of Poll Taxes for the years 1694-1698.

More records are being promised shortly, so stay tuned for updates. 

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Scottish Institute 2015

SAVE THE DATE!

OCTOBER 18 - 25 2015

Announcing  a specialised learning and researching opportunity in 2015:
The Scottish Institute

This Institute is a small group experience, limited to 15 registrants. The Institute is for Professional and Semi-Professional genealogists who may or may not conduct research for clients with Scottish ancestry.

The week will offer speakers on several topics including:
  • The holdings of the GRO 
  • The holdings of the NAS 
  • Land Records
  • Palaeography
  • National Health archives
  • Highland Records and Resources
  • Maps, newspapers and other resources at the NLS
  • Court records
  • Ancestral tourism
  • Scottish Genealogy Network 

The week culminates with a joint Professional Development Day with members of the Scottish Genealogy Network. This day of workshops will be followed by social networking with our colleagues in Scotland which will provide you with the opportunity to make important connections on the ground in Scotland.

The week is well balanced with 20 hours of learning and 20 hours of research.

More information is available at:  http://www.scottishinstitute.ca/about.html

Questions not answered on the website can be directed to me at: genealogytoursofscotland@gmail.com

Saturday, 15 November 2014

First Ever National Genealogy Conference for Canada!

JULY 17—19, 2015
At historic Pier 21, 
Halifax, Nova Scotia

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: DAVE OBEE

Conference topics and activities will include:

 DNA testing in Genealogy
 History of immigration into Nova Scotia
 Recording family history through photography, digital filing and citing sources
 Best practices for beginner & intermediate genealogists
 Tour of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
 Visit to the Titanic Graveyard

Come be a part of this inaugural event!

GREAT HOLIDAY GIFT FOR ANY GENEALOGIST!

For more information or to ask any questions:



Monday, 10 November 2014

Call for Presentations for the BIFHSGO Conference 2015

The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) is seeking proposals for presentations at its 21st annual conference, September 18-20, 2015 to be held in Ottawa at Library and Archives Canada. 

The three themes for the conference will be Scotland, Photographs in Genealogy, and Technology (including hardware, software, apps, websites, databases, social media, DNA analysis tools etc.).

Proposals on these three themes for lectures at the conference on the Saturday and Sunday are sought as well as for workshops or seminars on the Friday. 

Details on writing the proposals can be found at www.bifhsgo.ca under the Conference 2015 heading. Please send your proposals to conference@bifhsgo.ca  before January 31, 2015.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

British Institute 2015 Registration Now Open For Members

In 2015, the International Society of British Genealogy and Family History (ISBGFH) will celebrate 15 years of providing the British Institute. They have a terrific line-up of lecturers/tract leaders for their 2015 British Institute, being held September 21-25, 2015 in Salt Lake City. Members only registration is now open.  

Members save $100 on their registration by registering before Feb 28, 2015. 

To register for the Institute before March 1, you need to log in to the Members Only area of the website. 

Membership to ISBGFH is only $25 per year so you can still save $75 on your registration to British Institute by purchasing your membership here: 
http://www.isbgfh.org/cpage.php?pt=16 



Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Scottish Covenanters

At the Battle of Bothwell Bridge in 1679, over 1200 covenanters were taken prisoner and taken to Edinburgh. Approximately 400 of these prisoners were held in the Covenanters Prison in Greyfriars Churchyard. 


Here they were kept out in the open, exposed to the elements for the winter months. They were kept under guard by tyrant George "Bluidy" MacKenzie. 


The prisoners were given 4 ounces of bread and water each day. Those that died under these conditions were buried in the part of the kirkyard reserved for criminals. Those that survived the winter were either executed come spring, or shipped off to Barbados as slaves.  Of those who were executed, some 100 were burned and their ashes buried under the Martyrs Memorial. 


Although quite weathered, the inscription reads:

Halt passenger take heed what thou dost see
This tomb doth shew for what some men did die
Here lies interr'd the dust of these who stood
Gainst perjury resisting unto blood
Adhering to the Covenants and Laws
Establishing the same which was the Cause
Then their lives were sacrificed unto the Lust
Or Prelatist's abjur'd though here their dust
Lies mixt with murders and other crew
Whom justice did justly to death pursue
But as for this in them no cause was found
Worthy of death but only they were found
Constant and steadfast zealous witnessing
For the prerogatives of CHRIST their king
Which truths were feared by famous Guthrie's head
And all along to Mr Ranwick's blood
They did endure the wrath of enemies
Reproaches torments deaths and injuries
But yet they're these who from such troubles came
And now triumph in glory with the LAMB

From May 27th 1661 that the noble Marquess of Argyle suffered to the 17th of Febr 1688 that Mr James Ranwick suffr'd were executed at Edinburgh about an hundred of Noblemen Gentlemen Ministers & others noble martyrs for JESUS CHRIST. The most part of them lies here.


This Tomb was erected anno 1706.

If you have covenanter ancestors:

http://search.ancestry.ca/search/db.aspx?dbid=7021