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The Scottish Family Tree Detective: Tracing Your Ancestors in Scotland [Paperback]

Rosemary Bigwood
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Book Description

1 Mar 2007 Family Tree Detective
This is a practical, user-friendly guide to researching your family history in Scotland. Its aim is to provide sign-posts to the past and to solve problems faced by those seeking to discover their ancestors and explore their lives. It shows how to make the most of research resources and catalogues of collections held in archives and libraries, both online and on paper. Emphasis is laid on locating, selecting, evaluating and using sources, as well as finding out what is locally available and what is kept in Scottish central archives. Guidance is given on how to keep records and make a research plan. Other sections look at topics such as birth, marriage and death - how to use the core sources of statutory registers, census returns and parish registers, as well as how important information can also be found in other records relating to these 'facts of life'. A section on profiling the ancestors shows how further research can inform the reader about how they can find out more about their forebears, or 'how to put flesh on the ancestral bones'. A final section offers help in the often daunting task of understanding Scottish legal documents The book is designed to help those who are starting out on the ancestral trail and also to point more experienced researchers, including students on genealogical courses, in new directions.

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  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press; 1st Edition edition (1 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719071852
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719071850
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 13.8 x 21.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 461,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is not just a book for beginners - even experienced researchers will find the comprehensive detail on records going beyond the basic birth, marriage, death and censuses, useful. --Sheena Tait, Family Tree Magazine, Sunday 1st April 2007

If you've exhausted all roads of research, don't despair - help is at hand. It's time to take up the services of The Scottish Family Detective, Rosemary Bigwood's in-depth guide to researching your family tree. In a practical and readable way, she has chosen to do this, not simply by lookin gat sources, but by asking several pertinent questions and suggesting where you should look for answers. The Scottish Family Tree Detective is a genealogical Sat Nav to guide you where you want to go. --Chris Nicholson, Scots Magazine

About the Author

Rosemary Bigwood is a professional genealogist and lecturer in family history

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Scottish family tree detective 8 Nov 2009
What a book! An immense fund of resources to trace your antecedents. You may never require another reference book.
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Great to find something dedicated to Scottish genealogy.
Not a great deal about internet researching, but good detailed info and suggestions for following paper trails.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is a great resource for tracing your family's heritage 3 Jun 2007
By Jacqueline Wales, author of When the Crow Sings - Published on Amazon.com
Scotland's rich history and heritage are worth investigating, and this book will assist you on your journey! Soon after applying the practices suggested within, your family tree will grow some new branches.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genealogy treasure 6 Oct 2008
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This book is so well written that even an experienced genealogist can pull new ideas from it!
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