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Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet (Kindle)

A Guide for Family Historians

Local History Family History Scotland

By Chris Paton
Imprint: Pen & Sword Family History
Series: Tracing Your Ancestors
File Size: 26.6 MB (.mobi)
ISBN: 9781526768407
eBook Released: 5th May 2020

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Scotland is a land with a proud and centuries long history that far pre-dates its membership of Great Britain and the United Kingdom. Today in the 21st century it is also a land that has done much to make its historical records accessible, to help those with Caledonian ancestry trace their roots back to earlier times and a world long past.

In Tracing Scottish Family History on the Internet, Chris Paton expertly guides the family historian through the many Scottish records offerings available, but also cautions the reader that not every record is online, providing detailed advice on how to use web based finding aids to locate further material across the country and beyond. He also examines social networking and the many DNA platforms that are currently further revolutionising online Scottish research.

From the Scottish Government websites offering access to our most important national records, to the holdings of local archives, libraries, family history societies, and online vendors, Chris Paton takes the reader across Scotland, from the Highlands and Islands, through the Central Belt and the Lowlands, and across the diaspora, to explore the various flavours of Scottishness that have bound us together as a nation for so long.

Well I’ve been looking forward to this book for ages, having come from a Scottish background and delved into my family tree before I really wanted to review this book in the hope that it helps me out with my family research. I have previously reviewed the Irish Version too as well as the book that looked at people from the Asylum. These are fantastic books because they give you so much information, this book is split into Gateways and Institutions, Actual Places, Other Sources, Occupations and finally it then goes county by county through Scotland. But the best thing that it does is that it provides so many links via the internet to help your search, and of course if you living away from where your ancestors originated from this is vital as you can look from your own home.

The book is well laid out and explained, it’s just so simple to read and really does help especially as ancestry research can often be complicated at the best of times. Chris Paton writes these books so well they really do help you do what it says on the cover, because I use them for my own family research. The pictures in this book vary between pictures of old relatives, sites to visit for specific research and website images to help you along. I would definitely recommend these books to others and I think they are so good I would give this copy a 5 star rating.

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UK Historian

Great new reference book for tracing Scottish. Many Many connections to online data bases. You need this book if you are tracing your family. Great Job!

NetGalley, Lou Davis

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

An excellent book full of usefully information on how and where to search for your Scottish ancestors. This is a great ‘go to ‘ reference book for beginners or experienced family history researchers. Not only that but it is an interesting dip in read too.

NetGalley, Cath P

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This book is an amazing resource for the beginning genealogist tracing their Scottish roots. It lists many sources available for users to discover their roots, no matter what country you currently reside. It took a library reference course and many of the resources would be those that librarians would suggest to patrons looking into genealogy. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in getting started in discovering their family tree.

NetGalley, Tricia Read

About Chris Paton

Chris Paton is a genealogist and writer based in Ayrshire. He runs the Scotland’s Greatest Story research service at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Formerly he was a television documentary maker and worked on history series such as War Walks, Secret History, Time Flyers and Meet the Ancestors. He is a regular writer for several British genealogy magazines and is currently completing a beginners’ guide to Scottish family history research. He also runs a Scottish genealogy news blog at www.ScottishAncestry.blogspot.com and gives regular talks to local family history societies.

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