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Just to let contributors know, I took most of the info that was in the old beginning page for Scotland and transferred it to the new Portal Page. Since people may not know to type in 'Scotland,' I added a link from the old page to the portal page.  I deleted the Scottish plaid.  It would be nice to add some other graphic, such as the Scottish arms, to the portal page.  I welcome one of you to do so.


I have some suggestions about the Scotland pages in general. It seems to me that the pages are written from a Family History Library perspective. For example, when I look at a parish page for the census, it gives me the FHL film numbers and a series of CD-ROM numbers for indexes without mentioning what to do with the CD-ROM numbers. It doesn't even mention Scotlands People or Ancestry in that section (it's mentioned elsewhere, but needs to be in the census section for each parish). I think this may apply in other areas, as well. What do others think?

Alan 08:33, 12 April 2010 (UTC)

Alan, I agree. Additional access information needs to be added to include other than FHL. I won't be able to do that any time soon so hopefully the community will contribute information.

BakerBH 20:03, 13 April 2010 (UTC)

Transfer Research Guidance[edit source]

This information needs to be reviewed and incorporated into the wiki.

Scotland, How to Find a Place-Name
Events in the lives of your ancestors, such as births, baptisms, marriages, and deaths, were
recorded at the places where they occurred. In most cases, you need to know where an event
took place in order to find a record of it. If you don't know the place, you may be able to find that
information in sources readily available to you. This guide suggests sources that may help you
identify place-names.
What You Are Looking For
You are looking for the name of the place where an event in the life of one of your ancestors
Follow these 8 steps to find sources that will help you identify a place-name.
Step 1. Gather information from home and family sources.
Many sources for identifying place-names may be found in your own home or in the home of a
family member. These sources may include:
• Letters.
• Journals and diaries.
• Scrapbooks.
• Family Bibles.
• Birth, baptism, marriage, or death certificates.
• Photographs.
• School records.
• Military records.
• Naturalization papers.
• Obituaries and funeral cards.
• Newspaper articles.
• Deeds.
• Pension records.
• Tax records.
• Wills and other probate records.
Any of these sources could supply needed place-names. Gather information from the sources
you can find in your home and from relatives.
Scotland, How to Find A Place-Name
Research Guidance
Version of Data: 02/16/01
Step 2. Write the information on forms.
Write the information you find on pedigree charts and family group record forms. If you need
forms, you may print them from your computer now, or you can order a supply online. You can
also purchase a program for your home computer that helps you organize your genealogy and
allows you to print out these forms. Programs are available at most computer software stores.
One program, Personal Ancestral File, may be downloaded online. It may also be purchased on
Not all of the information you collect will fit on pedigree charts and family group record forms. See
Tip 1.
Step 3. Decide on a research goal.
Once you have gathered information and recorded it on forms and in notes, you can see what
information you have and what is missing. You may have dates without places to go with them.
Even when a place is identified, you should verify that it is correct. Determine a place-name, such
as a place of birth, that you would like to find or verify. This is your research goal.
Step 4. Look for compiled research sources.
After reviewing home and family sources and selecting a research goal, look for research on your
family compiled by others. Someone else may have already identified places where the events in
the lives of your ancestors occurred. Compiled research may be found in private and public
collections of individuals, libraries, and societies, as well as on the Internet.
For more information about finding compiled research sources, see How to Find Compiled
Step 5. Analyze what you know about your ancestor.
If you are still missing the name of the place where an event in your ancestor's life occurred, you
can analyze the facts you know to help you determine where to look for the missing information.
See Tip 2.
Step 6. Look for indexes.
Look for indexes to records with broad coverage for Scotland or for indexes to records for the
specific county where your ancestor lived. Surname indexes to collections of records may provide
the names of places where people of your surname lived. You can then look for your ancestor in
records of those places. Indexed records may include:
• Civil registration records.
• Census records.
• Church records.
• Burial or cemetery records.
• Probate records.
• Tax records.
• Land records.
Indexes are available at libraries with genealogical collections, such as the Family History Library.
Indexes may also be available on Internet Web sites. Some indexes are created by family history
societies, private groups, or individuals and may be available for purchase from them. For more
information on finding indexes, see Where to Find It.
Scotland, How to Find A Place-Name
Research Guidance
Version of Data: 02/16/01
Step 7. Cite your sources.
Every time you find new information, cite your source. When you cite a source, you document the
information taken from that source. If you need to look at the source again, your documentation
will help you find it. If others should consult your research, they will also be able to find the
Cite your sources on a research log, and include a library call number when applicable. If it is an
original source, make note of where you found it. Your research log will serve as a guide to your
If possible, make photocopies of your sources, and cite the sources on the copies.
Step 8. Find information about a place.
Once you have identified a place, you should find information about it.
You should also locate it on a map.
Tip 1. What should I do with information that does not fit on my
genealogy forms?
In addition to names, dates, and places, you will collect additional information about the lives of
family members that does not fit on standard genealogy forms, such as:
• Military service.
• Education.
• Employment history.
• Social or economic status.
• Migration.
• Participation in community, social, religious, or historical events.
• Physical description.
• Other biographical details.
You should keep this additional information as notes. Keep these notes with your records, or
include them in the area provided for notes in your genealogy computer program. These notes
should also include the source of the information.
Scotland, How to Find A Place-Name
Research Guidance
Version of Data: 02/16/01
Tip 2. How do I analyze what I know about my ancestor?
You can analyze the facts you know about your ancestor to help determine where to look for
missing information. For example, if you are looking for the birthplace of your ancestor, you might
ask yourself the following questions:
• What is the earliest known fact about my ancestor?
• Where were my ancestor's parents born, married, or buried?
• Where were my ancestor's siblings born?
• Where was my ancestor married?
• Where was my ancestor's spouse born?
• Where were my ancestor's children born?
• Where did my ancestor die?
You may search the records of the places where any of these events took place to see if you can
find birth information for your ancestor.
Where To Find It
The following are suggestions for finding indexes to records that may help you identify placenames:
On the Internet
Indexes to selected records of Scotland may be available on Internet web sites. In addition, many
of the family history societies in Scotland have Internet web sites that contain lists of their
publications for sale, including indexes. You can access many of the sites for Scotland and some
indexes through GENUKI. Others may be available through Cyndislist.
Family History Centers
Most Family History Centers have at least three indexes to records of Scotland in their
• The International Genealogical Index--available on microfiche, on computer, and on the
Internet. It includes information extracted from civil registration and church records of
• The Old Parochial Records (OPR) index--available on microfiche.
• The Scottish Church Records index--available on compact disk. This is a somewhat expanded
version of the OPR.
The last two are both comprehensive indexes to the records of the Church of Scotland. The
Scottish Church Records index also contains records from a few nonconformist churches.
Family History Centers may not have other types of indexes for Scotland in their collections, but
they can borrow microfilmed indexes from the Family History Library. There is a small fee to have
a microfilm sent to a center.
If an index is not available on microfilm, you may request a photocopy of an index page from the
Family History Library. You should complete a Request for Photocopies form, which is available
at all Family History Centers. Complete the section of the form for books, and include the library
call number for the index that you obtained from the catalog. Send the form and the payment to
the library.
Family History Centers are located throughout the United States and other areas of the world.
See Family History Centers for the address and phone number of the center nearest you.
Scotland, How to Find A Place-Name
Research Guidance
Version of Data: 02/16/01
Family History Library
The Family History Library has a large collection of indexes to records of Scotland that could help
you identify place- names, including the ones mentioned above. There is no fee for using the
library's collection in person.
For a list of the library's holdings, go to What to Do Next and select the Family History Library
Catalog. Do a Place Search and check on both the country and county levels. Look for topics
with indexes as subtopics. When looking at the Catalog entry for a specific index, check to see if
it is available in microform and can be sent to a Family History Center.
For more information about contacting or visiting the library or a Family History Center, click on
Family History Library System above.

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