Welcome to Scottish Genealogy Tips, Tricks & Tidbits

A wee bit of info to help you in your journey to discover your Scottish Ancestors and maybe even crack a brick wall or two!

Monday, 21 July 2014

The Oathing Stone

A little known tradition in Scottish history is that when a couple married near a stone, it was believed that their vows were more binding. It became customary, then, for the couple to each place a hand on the same stone as they pledged their oath, thereby, setting their vows in stone.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Were Your Scottish Ancestors Barbers?

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Edinburgh, has in its special collections, the Records of the Society of Barbers.


Here is a list of the records on hand: http://www.library.rcsed.ac.uk/content/content.aspx?ID=30 


You can contact them at: library@rcsed.ac.uk


For those with Glasgow ancestors who worked as Barbers, you can get information through Google Books at: http://books.google.ca/books/about/Records_of_the_Incorporation_of_Barbers.html?id=LTNOAAAAYAAJ&redir_esc=y

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Ship's List for John & Sara

In 1653, 270 Scots were led aboard the “John & Sara” which set sail for Boston. The ship’s list of the John & Sara has been transcribed and can be found at:  http://www.us-roots.org/colonialamerica/main/john&sara.html


Did Your Ancestors Arrive on the UNITY?

Following the Battle of Dunbar in 1650, over 4000 Scots had been captured and imprisoned. In fairly short order, 150 of the healthiest men were gathered, taken to London and then shipped on the Unity to New England, arriving in Massachusetts. For a list of Scottish Prisoners of War from the Battle of Dunbar and subsequent listing of men who were transported, this website is incredibly helpful: http://scottishprisonersofwar.com/unity-prisoners/

Saturday, 12 July 2014

National Library of Scotland Honour Rolls

The National Library of Scotland has digitized and made freely available online, their collection of honour rolls for WWI. These records are indexed alphabetically by either place or organization. The rolls contain names of casualties and those who fell in active duty.

The rolls are a collection from organizations such as schools, universities, clans, businesses and churches from across Scotland.

Here's the link:


Sunday, 15 June 2014

New Website: Children's Homes

A new website for those with ancestors who were placed in orphanges, children's homes, industrial or training schools or reformatories. It is run by Peter Higginbotham who has done extensive research in the area.
Here's the link: http://www.childrenshomes.org.uk/

Monday, 9 June 2014

Genealogy At Kincardine Scottish Festival

For those in or near Huron County, Kincardine Scottish Festival & Highland Games have added genealogy workshops to their events line up. Hope to see you there!