Some of the records available to me for research and brief details of their usefulness.
Army.Navy/Merchant Navy records (here and in London.)
Useful for finding information of an ancestor’s military or maritime service.
Useul for finding details of other family members etc.
Useful for finding details of other family members, ownership of property etc.
Land and Estates
Useful for finding information about family moves and year to year changes in family fortunes etc. (Rent Rolls, etc.)
Useful for finding details of trial proceedings – with possibilty of finding other family members, addresses etc.
Old newspapers (Obituaries, death notices & events.)
Useful for finding details of an indivdual’s life, names of other family members, addresses etc.
Non Conformist denomination records
Useful when an ancestor was not a Church of Scotland adherent.
Useful for finding other family members, addresses etc.
Kirk Session Records
Useful for finding details of illegitimate births – fathers’ names, addresses etc.
Useful in finding properties. In a rural situation a sequence of maps can show the disappearance of farms and other holdings and changes in the spelling of farm names e.g. Anglicisation from Gaelic.
University, school and professional Organisation Records.
Useful in finding parents’ names, addresses and careers.
Useful in finding sequences of occupation of property in the major cities of Scotland. Can be used to indicate a possible death date of an individual.