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Scotland Genealogy - Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors

Explore your Scottish roots with this collection of genealogy databases, how-to guides and other Scottish genealogy resources and records geared toward family history research in Scotland.

How to Research Scottish Ancestors
Trace your roots back to Scotland and beyond with the steps outlined in this Scottish genealogy guide. Whether your Scottish ancestors were Lowlander, Highlander, or Scots-Irish, learn how to locate your ancestor's county and/or parish in Scotland, plus access vital records, census records and parish records in Scotland.

The official, governmental source of genealogical data for Scotland makes over 43 million records available online, including Scottish birth, death and marriage records from 1855 and parish registers of births and marriages from 1553. Plus census records and wills.

BBC - Scottish Roots
A step-by-step introduction to researching family history in Scotland.

Family History Library Catalog - Scotland
The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah has wonderful resources for Scottish genealogy.  Browse online through over 265 different topics to find the records you want, and then order them through your local Family History Center.

General Register Office for Scotland
The GRO is responsible for the registration of all births, marriages, deaths, and adoptions in Scotland. Learn how to order a birth, death or marriage certificate, what genealogical records they have, and information on visiting the Scotland GRO in person.

Genforum: Scotland
Search the messages or post your own surnames or query on this free message board devoted to Scotland genealogy.

How Do I Trace My Scottish Ancestry?
A general overview for beginners to genealogy research in Scotland.

National Archives of Scotland
A prototype Web site with information on their holdings, location and hours, and how to request searches.  They hold valuable documents including wills, Sasines and other property records,  estate records, valuation rolls, taxation records, court records, church records, burgh records, and more.

National Library of Scotland
An extensive collection of books, manuscripts, and maps, as well as some interesting historical Scottish books, records, photographs and maps in their online digital collection.

Parish Registers of Scotland
A listing of the copies of  registers held in the library of the Society of Genealogists for each of the parishes of Scotland. The Society staff can make limited searches in these volumes, and some are available for loan.

Scotland Family History Centers
A list of the Family History Centers in Scotland including contact information.

Scotland GenWeb
Part of the British Isles GenWeb Project, this page serves as a local resource index page for Scottish genealogy research.

Scotland - GENUKI
Genuki has a large Web site full of information for genealogists seeking ancestors from Scotland. 

Scotland Record Offices and Archives on the Web
Mark Howell's has a very useful list of Scottish Record Offices and Archives on the Web, arranged alphabetically by county.

Scotland Royalty - Scottish Genealogy of the Kings & Queens
Large archival databases with free searchable GEDCOM's and ASCII text files pertaining to the Royal Families of Europe (Scotland, England, France, Normandy). A Rootsweb and Scotland GenWeb special project.

Scottish Bibliographies Online
Scotland’s national bibliography brings together over 60,000 records of books, periodicals and major articles of Scottish interest published all over the world. There are many duplicate entries.

Scottish Genealogy Society
The Scottish Genealogy Society welcomes anyone with an interest in Scottish family history. They have the largest Scottish genealogy library in the world, and publish the renowned quarterly magazine, The Scottish Genealogist. Their published Scottish Scottish monumental inscriptions are especially helpful.

Tracing Irish, Scott-Irish, and Scottish Ancestors
This wonderful online lesson is part of the RootsWeb Guide to Tracing Family Trees, and includes tips, links, and a bibliography of suggested reading.

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