Are you convinced that you have Scottish heritage like J.K. Rowling or Donald Trump? Or are you like me and only wish you did (I've long been a fan of Diana Gabaldon)? Does your surname indicate possible Scottish origins? Are you looking for an excuse to visit Scotland?
Scottish genealogy is much like genealogy elsewhere - vital records, census records, church records, and estates. Of course, being Scotland, there are differences too. One great advantage to research in Scotland, however, is the large collection of Scottish genealogy records available online. Many require a fee for full access, but it is still a lot cheaper than a visit to Scotland, although probably not nearly as fun. Learn how to get started Researching Your Scottish Ancestors in this introductory guide.