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Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors [Paperback]

National Archives
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1 Aug 2009
This is a new edition of the bestselling guide to this increasingly popular pursuit. Scotland has the best-maintained records and facilities of any country in the world for undertaking family research, and now that the National Archives of Scotland are available online they can be consulted by anyone from whatever country. "Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors" is the National Archives' official guide and is written in an accessible style from the unique perspective of a custodian of the records. It details all the latest internet developments, including a chapter on family history on the web. It also points to more traditional resources, explaining step by step how to research records of births, marriages and wills.

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  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Birlinn Ltd; 5 edition (1 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841587435
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841587431
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 846,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Excellent help with every phase of the sort of online sources that have transformed the field since its first publication in 1990, this guide is indispensable for the serious investigator' --The Scotsman

This book will be a valuable finding aid for many people using the Scottish Record Office, and by no means only for the family historian' --Books in Scotland

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The National Archives of Scotland is the government department responsible for the custody and preservation of the records of the government of Scotland.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
I already have the earlier edition so now have the revised edition. Generally the latest edition splits up much of the information into more detail and therefore chapters, making for easier tracing of what you want.
It should be realised that this publication is essentially about the Scottish Records Office facilities and how to use them. It does not start to look at what is popularly sought - online services, this is covered in detail by the publication "Family History on the Net" by Colin Waters
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying but only just (3.5 stars) 18 May 2012
I was expecting a Scottish version of Bevan's masterpiece: Tracing Your Ancestors in the National Archives: The Website and Beyond. This is perhaps a harsh benchmark however with this being said the author could have gone into somewhat more detail to flesh up the rather short chapters, such as a mention of stent rolls.

Perhaps some will appreciate its conciseness, but those that enjoy a great level of detail will be disappointed. Since this is the official guide to the National Archives and General Register Office for Scotland it is still a recommended acquisition.
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