Scotland has possibly the most complete and best-kept set of records and other documents in the world. Given both this and the extraordinary worldwide Scottish diaspora (approximately 28 million people can claim Scottish ancestry), the lack of a thorough guide to Scottish genealogy is a significant gap. Bruce Durie's book bridges that gap with authority and provides a sense of the excitement of the historical chase. Scottish Genealogy not only covers sources and records (both physical and electronic), it is also firmly based on established genealogical practice, with worked examples which will enable family historians everywhere to exploit the rich resources in Scotland. The author disabuses the reader of the many canards which have accompanied the recent upsurge in interest in family history, notably that it's all on the internet, that there is such a thing as a family coat of arms and that everything written down must be true. He shows researchers how to get beyond the standard births, marriages and deaths and census search and how to dig deeper into genealogy. Authoritative and entertaining, this is a reader-friendly reference and guide to genealogy and family history.
Prof. Bruce Durie is a highly-respected genealogical author, educator, broadcster and researcher, based in Scotland but operating worldwide.
He instigated (and ran until 2011) the renowned Professional Postgraduate Genealogical Studies programme at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, and still teaches at the University of Edinburgh (courses on Genealogy and Documents) and within the online masters in Family and Local History for the University of Dundee. In addition he is Chair of Genealogy and Palaeography at the American School of Genealogy, Heraldry and Documentary Sciences
Best known for his books (see below) and BBC Radio Scotland series 'Digging Up Your Roots', he is also Shenachie (Historian and Archivist) to the Chief of Durie (www.duriefamily.co.uk), Editor of 'The Irish Genealogist' (www.igrsoc.org) and Chairman of Scotland's Ancestral Tourism Steering Group, where he is up to his neck in preparations for the next HomecomingScotland year in 2014.
Two new strands of Victorian crine fiction are in preparation - one featuring Inspector McArdle of St Andrews (murder, mystery and golf!) and Dick Donovan, the Glasgow detective.
Asked what he likes doing best, Bruce Durie said: "getting into a real family mystery - preferably in the 1600s - interpreting the old documents, solving the puzzle. And occasionally someone asks me to help in getting a real Coat of Arms".
Full postnomials are: BSc(Hons), PhD, FSAScot, FCollT, FIGRS, FHEA, OJL - "as my father used to say, 'More degrees than a thermometer!'"
Check out the details at www.brucedurie.co.uk.books