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Scotland's history has been influenced by many factors–the division between the Highlands and the Lowlands, the feudal system, the Reformation, the industrial revolution–that have shaped the country's past and impacted on the lives of its people. Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors is a lively and accessible introduction to this long, complex and fascinating story. It is aimed primarily at family historians who are eager to explore and understand the world in which their ancestors lived.

Ian Maxwell guides readers through the wealth of material available to researchers in Scotland and abroad. He looks at every aspect of Scottish history and at all the relevant resources. As well as covering records held at the National Archives of Scotland, he examines closely the information held at local archives throughout the country. He also describes the extensive Scottish records that are now available on line. His expert survey will be essential reading for anyone who is researching Scottish history, for he explains how the archive material can be used and where it can be found.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781844159918
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
  • Publication date: 4/17/2010
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations 6

Introduction 7

Chapter 1 The Lives of Our Ancestors 14

Chapter 2 Life in the Countryside 28

Chapter 3 Life in the Towns and Cities 43

Chapter 4 Clans and Kinship 58

Chapter 5 Education 72

Chapter 6 Working Life 86

Chapter 7 Religion 102

Chapter 8 The Military 117

Chapter 9 Migration and Emigration 134

Research Guide 148

Where to Start 148

Census Records 149

Birth, Death and Marriage Records 150

Wills and Testamentary Records 153

Land Records 154

Locating Records 155

Register of Sasines 157

Scottish Land Registry 158

Valuation Rolls 158

Registers of Deeds 159

Church Records 161

Poor Law Records 166

School Records 167

Military Records 170

Taxation Records 173

Business Records 175

The Archives 179

Useful Addresses 181

Select Bibliography 186

Index 189

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