Sunday, 25 August 2019

Pre-order Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records

Having just had Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (Second Edition) published (which I am delighted to say is now in Amazon's top ten genealogy best sellers!), next up are my two forthcoming Scottish titles for Pen and Sword.

I have just submitted the final corrections and index for Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records, which is due to be published in November. Pen and Sword is already taking pre-orders for the book at, at a special price of just £11.99 plus p&p (RRP £14.99).

So here's a wee bit of blurb about book number two the noo...!

Despite its Union with England and Wales in 1707, Scotland remained virtually independent from its partners in many ways, retaining its own legal system, its own state church, and its own education system.

In Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records, genealogist Chris Paton examines the most common records used by family historians in Scotland, ranging from the vital records kept by the state and the various churches, the decennial censuses, tax records, registers of land ownership and inheritance, and records of law and order.

Through precepts of clare constat and ultimus haeres records, feudalism and udal tenure, to irregular marriages, penny weddings and records of sequestration, Chris Paton expertly explores the unique concepts and language within many Scottish records that are simply not found elsewhere within the British Isles. He details their purpose and the information recorded, the legal basis by which they were created, and where to find them both online and within Scotland's many archives and institutions.

So just to add, in this book I go into detail on how civil registration has historically worked in Scotland; the nature of the Kirk's history, its many splits, and how to find vital records before 1855; the Scottish judical system; the records of where to find folk and the nature of Scottish land tenure; Scottish inheritance law, and its many record types; and so much more.

And over this coming week I will be at home working flat out to complete my third offering - Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet (to be published 2020) - as an additional offering to the above.

More on that in due course, suffice to say that I am determined you will be able to find your Scottish and Irish ancestors, or by ye gods, I'll die trying...! :)


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