on 12 March 2013
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.
on 6 February 2015
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.