Nowadays you will find Scots almost anywhere, and with them, Scottish culture. You see, many emigrants had taken the old customs and traditions with them, and that's the main reason that Highland Games events are now celebrated in many places the world over.
It is estimated that over 85 Million people worldwide claim to have Scottish Ancestry, and you may be one of them. So where do you begin your search to trace your ancestors?
If you have an interest in geneaology then you've probably made a start and traced back to your great grandparents and a generation beyond. Going further back, you may have to search Scottish records, and I will provide you with some helpful resources to assist you in your search.
Websites that should be helpful ......
(GRO) All the records for births, marriages and deaths in Scotland are held at New Register House, West Register Street, Edinburgh. EH1 3YY. Tel: 0131 334 0380
You can carry out some free Scottish ancestry searches on this site, like Scottish records from 1700 to 1990, and marriages, births and christenings from 1553 - 1875.
You'll find lots of good information here for getting you started on your geneaology trail, and loads of resources to help you get there. Covers the whole of the UK & Ireland.
You can search by county on this site, with loads of handy links, free access to most of the resources on offer, and genealogy records for the whole of the United Kingdom.
This is the official government source for genealogical data for Scotland. You'll find good resources here for tracing your Scottish ancestry, with statutary records of births, marriages and deaths, dating back to 1855. There's old parish registers for births, baptisms and marriages from 1553, and census records from 1841. You can start searching here for as little as £6.
This list is by no means comprehensive, as there are a great many websites offering professional searches. The trouble is, some of them charge an hourly rate for the service, and others an expensive fixed fee.
I hope you found some of this information helpful.
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