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  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Birlinn Ltd; 6th edition (1 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780270224
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780270227
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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'includes 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

'Excellent help with every phase of genealogical research ... 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

'Excellent help with every phase of genealogical research ... 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

'Excellent help with every phase of genealogical research ... 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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Well designed and clear. This is an indispensable aid to Scottish Family History. I am a professional level genealogist and I would not want to be without this guide.
By the way NAS/NRS are to be applauded for keeping the Guide up to date with their own phenomenal progress in providing access to Scotland's archives.
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I have only just started looking at my Scottish ancestors and had already found one or two of the obvious websites - ScotlandsPeople and the Scottish Archive Network. My family are borderers, not highlanders, so the usual 'Trace Your Clan' websites are of little use to me.

This book is published by the National Records of Scotland, it includes details of how to get started on the internet and other resources. There are opening times/days for some institutions, plus an indication of what you may expect to pay (daily tickets or annual), whether you might need a reader's ticket or not.

I can only scratch the surface at what is included, but to give you an example; in the Births, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials section at the end after Burials(under Anatomy) they mention that some bodies may have been supplied to schools of anatomy and that registers of these bodies have been kept since 1842 as part of the records of the Ministry of Health. They then briefly explain how the registers are arranged and that they are not indexed. (These documents are not online yet.)

I would never have thought to look for this and the book is full of little useful suggestions that, even if you are not looking for a family member, would be genuinely interesting to look at.
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I have managed to cope with on line searchs for relatives in Scotland, but this book seems to add some flavour to the difficulties! My real roblem is that at some point those "Scottish" ancestors were from Ireland, but try as I may I can't find out from where.
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Great book, Fascinating. Joined new local group in Partick Glasgow where the staff are a great help. Once you start reading you can't put in down
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This volume has proved to be a valuable additon to our geneological exploration. It is clearly written and very informative.
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Seems to be full of information, however have not fully used yet. Any help with Scottish records has to be good.
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Best book I have purchased in a long time, been a great asset to my family history I am on at this moment of time. Value for money.
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Great book and useful hints and tips as I am researching our family tree.
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