Wednesday, 6 February 2013

ScotlandsPeople guides

If you are a user of ScotlandsPeople, a new book from Rosemary Kopittke has just been published by Unlock the Past in Australia, entitled ScotlandsPeople: The Place to Launch Your Scottish Research, and priced AU$12.50 - here's the blurb:

ScotlandsPeople provides an exceptional source of genealogical records for those with Scottish ancestry – Statutory registers, Catholic parish registers, census records, valuation rolls, wills and testaments, and Coats of Arms. Access to such a wide range of basic records for a relatively cheap fee means we can all research from our home without the expense of hiring a search agent, ordering in many microfilms or a trip to Scotland – as pleasant as that last option may be.

With some knowledge and practice you will become adept at locating records of relevance to your family and you will be well on your way with your research. Of course, not all records are available online. You will still need to track down your non-conformists, investigate land records, cemeteries, electoral rolls, directories, poor law, military and other records, but ScotlandsPeople is a great place to launch the study of your families.

Full details are available at Also newly released by the company is John Donaldson's guide to Family Tree Maker.

If you want a walkthrough by video on how to use ScotlandsPeople, I have recorded a half hour lecture for the forthcoming Family Tree University Winter 2013 Virtual Genealogy Conference in the United States running from Feb 22nd-24th. Further details on how to register for the conference are available at

(With thanks to Gould Genealogy)


Pre-order my new book, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet, through Pen and Sword (30 April 2013), or purchase early at Who Do You Think You Are Live 2013 in London. For my other genealogy books, please visit; whilst for my online Scottish based genealogy courses please visit the Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Ltd site.

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