Monday, 3 September 2012

Family History Show episode 10 online

The tenth episode of the Family History Show is now online at This month's episode sees Nick Barratt and Laura Berry, ably assisted by Melanie Backe-Hansen and Alex Goddard, curator of the Geffrye Museum in Shoreditch, East London, explaining some basics on how to research house history.

It's worth noting that although many records such as trade directories, electoral rolls and censuses all do the same thing for house research across Britain, the legal system concerning property transactions and inheritance was completely different in Scotland to that in England and Wales. As such there are many, many different types of records used in Scotland, including sasines, retours, skat, feu duty and rent books, annual valuation rolls, cess rolls and more that can help with Scottish research. I've written a guide to help point towards and understand these records, entitled Discover Scottish Land Records, which is available from Unlock the Past at

The Geffrye Museum looks a good day out! For more about the museum see


Check out my Scotland's Greatest Story research service
New book: It's Perthshire 1866 - there's been a murder... (from June 12th 2012)

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