Welcome to Scottish Genealogy Tips And 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!

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Just a Fortnight to Go!

The Scottish ViC is just a fortnight away. There are only a handful of spaces left for this first ever virtual conference dedicated to Scottish genealogy research. 

We have a great line up of speakers and topics, handouts, prizes, giveaways, free credits for ScotlandsPeople and discounts from our vendors. 

The ViC is scheduled to start at 8 am eastern time on January 27th. but once you are registered, you have access to the presentations, handouts, discounts and giveaways until midnight on January 30th (est). This allows for people across the pond, and across the world to take part when they are awake and ready to learn. So, whether you are in North America, the UK, Europe, Aus, NZ or parts not mentioned,  you can still take part during normal waking hours. 

All prizes will be drawn by the vendors at the end of the first day but EVERYONE will be entered. You do not need to be online at the time to win. The vendor will contact you directly. 

If you are struggling to find your Scottish ancestor, register while there are still spaces available and learn about what records you can consult to break through those stubborn brick walls. 


Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Next #GenChat: Ancestral Tourism

Have you traveled to the country your ancestors were from? If not, are you interested in going? Join us for the next #genchat on Friday, January 19th to share ideas, experiences and to learn from others. Hope to see you online!

Monday, 8 January 2018

Interested in a Celtic Cruise but Wavering?

Are you interested in joining the Celtic Cruise in May 2019, but still unsure? Why not join the Celtic Cruise Interest Group on Facebook. Post your questions, meet others who are interested but unsure and maybe even find a cabin mate to lower your costs!

See you online!

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Researching Family in the British Isles Mini Institute

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) has partnered with the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History (ISBGFH) to conduct a four day program of researching family in the British Isles.  ISBGFH conducts the British Institute held annually in Salt Lake City to provide week-long education by well-known genealogists on the British Isles.  On 13-16 August 2018, the ISBGFH has arranged for several presenters to provide an overview of researching British Isles topics at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.  These presentations will explore DNA, Scotland, Ireland and England research.  London based genetic genealogist Dr. Maurice Gleeson, MB, will present on DNA and Irish research, Christine Woodcock, from Genealogy Tours of Scotland, will discuss Scottish research, and Frank Southcott, President, ISBGFH, will explore the English records.

The HSP program is designed to be attended either on a given day and topic or in its entirety.  It is an in-depth overview of British Isles research and enhances attendance for those who may desire to attend the British Institute where morning instruction and afternoon independent research are conducted in the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City on a country topic.  More information is available on the British Institute at www.isbgfh.org.

The HSP curriculum for each day involves 4 presentations of one hour and fifteen minutes each.  Monday, 13 August 2018, Dr Gleeson, MB, will explore advances made in DNA and how it can be applied to your British Isles research.  Christine Woodcock will discuss the uniqueness of Scottish research on Tuesday, 14 August 2018.  Dr. Gleeson will return on Wednesday, 15 August 2018, to present on the ever increasing resources available on Irish research, and Thursday, 16 August 2018, Frank Southcott, will examine English genealogical resources.  

Click HERE for Course Descriptions 

The cost of the four day program will be $299.  Individual program days are available for $99 per day.  Limited consultation slots will be available on DNA, Scotland and Ireland during the program for $125 hour.  

Turning Your Family Tree into a Family Treasure In Brief Guide

January 8, 2018 | Utica, OH
EmailTerri O’Connell for contact details, review copies, photos, and an author bio.

IDG Introduces their Newest In-Brief Research Guide:
“Turning Your Family Tree into a Family Treasure” By Christine Woodcock

The In-Depth Genealogist (IDG) is pleased to present their newest in-brief research guide in the research series by writer, Christine Woodcock, entitled “An In-Brief Guide to Turning Your Family Tree into a Family Treasure”. Christine wrote the column “In Search of Your Scottish Roots” for The In-Depth Genealogist’s digital magazine, Going In-Depth. Scottish born, Canadian raised, she is a genealogy educator with an expertise in Scottish records. She enjoys sharing new resources to assist others in their quest to find and document their heritage. Christine is also a lecturer, author and blogger. She is the Director of Genealogy Tours of Scotland and enjoys taking fellow Scots “home” to do onsite genealogy research and to discover their own Scottish heritage.

As the family historian, you have collected a cornucopia of research documents: bits of scrap paper, newspaper clippings, photos, obits, e-mails and other assorted bits of “research”. What can you do to preserve these documents and the stories they tell for future generations? Turn your family tree information into a treasured family heirloom, a family history book. In this In-Brief, Christine shares tips on how to start, develop the content, interview relatives, share your own story, and determine your book format. There are also recommended websites, publishers, and resource books within the guide.

“An In-Brief Guide to Turning Your Family Tree into a Family Treasure” is available now as a PDF ($2.75). Pre-orders of the printed laminated guide, 8.5” x 11” ($9.95 + shipping) are through The In-Depth Genealogist Store (http://theindepthgenealogist.com/shop-idg/idg-products/).  IDG has published fifteen guides which are all available as 4-page PDFs and laminated print versions. Subscribers to the digital magazine, Going In-Depth, receive a 10% discount on purchase of each guide. 

Friday, 29 December 2017

Giveaways, Prizes and Discounts!

We have giveaways! 

Everyone who registers will receive a unique code to that will add 24 credits to their ScotlandsPeople account

Everyone who registers will be placed into a draw for:

A premium subscription to Findmypast

One Artisan scrapbooking software to help preserve your family photos and stories

One Vivid-Pix RESTORE software to help restore your scanned photos, slides and digital photos


Global Genealogy is offering a 20% discount on Chris Paton's books

Moorshead Magazine is offering a 25% discount on annual subscriptions to any of their magazines

Strathclyde University's Genealogy Program is offering a 10% discount on their 8 week mini courses

Shop the Hound is offering a $10 discount on any order over $90 

To find out more about the Scottish ViC (virtual conference) or to register: 

Thursday, 28 December 2017

More Discounts for Scottish ViC Attendees!

The publishers of Internet Genealogy Magazine, Your Genealogy Today Magazine and History Magazine are offering a 25% discount for any orders placed during the Scottish ViC. They have created a unique discount code specifically for ViC attendees.

To learn more about the Scottish ViC or to register: https://www.genealogyvic.com/