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Introduction

 

Scotland (COA)

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Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom.  Occupying the northern third of the island of Great Britain, it shares a border with England to the south and is bounded by the North Sea to the east, the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, and the North Channel and Irish Sea to the southwest. In addition to the mainland, Scotland includes over 790 islands including the Northern Isles and the Hebrides.   Edinburgh, the country's capital and second largest city, is one of Europe's largest financial centres.  Edinburgh was the hub of the Scottish Enlightenment of the 18th century, which transformed Scotland into one of the commercial, intellectual and industrial powerhouses of Europe.

     Historical types subdivisions of Scotland include the mormaerdom, stewartry, earldom, burgh, parish, county and regions and districts. The names of these areas are still sometimes used as geographical descriptors.  Modern Scotland is subdivided in various ways depending on the purpose. For local government, there have been 32 council areas since 1996, whose councils are unitary authorities responsible for the provision of all local government services. Community councils are informal organisations that represent specific sub-divisions of a council area.

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Surname

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by Surname

 

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The following are surnames of persons, found within our databases, as having been either

born, married or died in this place. Names in dark red denote direct ancestral lines.

McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families

Ball;   Berry;   Campbell;   Dickson;   Dinsmuir;   Douglass;   Kerr;   Neely;   Robertson

Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families

 

Dellinger; Knecht; Pfeffer; Silar and allied families

 

Click on this link to find out more about each surname listed above as well as other surnames found within our three family databases.

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This link will also lead you to surname resources at Rootsweb, and information about the world-wide distribution of a surname.

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Free Surname
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Use this free genealogy site to help you get the best genealogy searches from Google™ by using your family tree, for your research. It will create a series of different searches using tips or   "tricks"  

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that    will   likely   improve your results. The different searches will give you many different ways of using Google and the Internet to find ancestry information about this or any other Surname.

The world’s largest free genealogy search engine, Mocavo.com, provides genealogists access to the best free genealogy content on the web

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including billions of names, dates and places worldwide. Mocavo.com seeks to index and make searchable all of the world’s free genealogy information.

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Where in the World do These
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Click on the LINK to the right to see more information about the World distribution of any surname.  You can get greater

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detail for any of the maps by clicking on the area, i.e state, county that you are interested in.

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Researching
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Our Ancestral Counties

Gazetteer of Places

Historical Changes in County Boundaries

County Research (Genealogical)

County Research

 (General Info.)

Where in the World

are My Ancestors?

 

Scotland (Political Map)

Our Ancestral Counties

Our Ancestral Counties

The following named counties are associated with the history of our DIRECT ancestors.   To select a specific ancestral county, go to our Ancestral Locations home page. Here you will find additional links to our county pages where you can obtain information about our family gen-sites, images of localities, and surnames of persons, in our database, who have lived in the selected county.

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Abderdeenshire (1);   Dumfries (11);   Lankashire (18)

 

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Gazetteer of Places

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The following Links will take you to gazetteers that identify places within this U.K. Country.  These resources feature profiles of cities, towns, neighborhoods and churches.  In addition this site contains maps, data and directions for a wide variety of physical, cultural and historic features.

Directory of Cities and Towns in United Kingdom

This Global Gazetteer by Falling Rain Genomics, Inc., is based on many public sources of information.  It was last updated January 1, 2010.

Gazetteer of British Place Names

50,000 entries that includes the historic county as well as modern administrative districts to determine what county each place was originally in, and where records might be found today.

GENUKI Church Gazetteer

This database contains the approximate location of the parishes that existed around 1837.  Since then the database has had new fields added to contain additional information, many more churches have been added (in some areas), and more precise locations added where known.

ScotlandsPlaces

ScotlandsPlaces is a website that allows users to search across different national databases using geographic locations. The user is able to enter a place name or a coordinate to search across these collections or they can use the mapping in the website to both define and refine their search.

Gazetteer for Scotland

With at least 19715 detailed entries, the Gazetteer is the largest dedicated Scottish resource created for the web.

A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland

Contains detailed topographical accounts of places, parishes and counties in Scotland.

List of Places in Scotland

·         List of burghs in Scotland

·         List of cities in the United Kingdom

·         List of census localities in Scotland,

·         List of islands of Scotland,

·         List of Shetland islands

·         List of Orkney islands

·         List of Inner Hebrides

·         List of Outer Hebrides

·         List of outlying islands of Scotland

·         List of freshwater islands in Scotland

·         List of rivers of Scotland

·         List of lochs in Scotland

·         List of Munros

·         Extreme points of Scotland

 

Places within Scottish unitary authorities

·        List of places in City of Aberdeen

·        List of places in Aberdeenshire

·        List of places in Angus

·        List of places in Argyll and Bute

·        List of places in Clackmannanshire

·        List of places in Dumfries and Galloway

·        List of places in City of Dundee

·        List of places in East Ayrshire

·        List of places in East Dunbartonshire

·         List of places in East Lothian

·         List of places in East Renfrewshire

·         List of places in na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles)

·         List of places in Edinburgh

·         List of places in Falkirk district

·         List of places in Fife

·         List of places in City of Glasgow

·         List of places in Highland

·         List of places in Inverclyde

·         List of places in Midlothian

·         List of places in Moray

·         List of places in North Ayrshire

·         List of places in North Lanarkshire

·         List of places in Orkney

·         List of places in Perth and Kinross

·         List of places in Renfrewshire

·         List of places in the Scottish Borders

·         List of places in Shetland

·         List of places in South Ayrshire

·         List of places in South Lanarkshire

·         List of places in Stirling (district)

·         List of places in West Dunbartonshire

·         List of places in West Lothian

·         List of places in the Tayside region of Scotland  -

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Use this mapping program to SEARCH Great Britain by: (1) street;  (2) place;  (3) Lat/Long coordinates;  (4) OS grid reference;  (5) OS Landranger grid reference; and (6) telephone area code. 

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Historical Changes in the Boundaries of this Country

Boundaries of Counties and Parishes is an excellent source where researchers can locate information on the boundary changes that took places in Scotland in 1889. Such changes affected the boundaries of counties, parishes, and burghs.   To locate detailed information click on the county of interest.  Here you may download the chapter of the aforementioned book that details the county you have selected. 

·         Aberdeenshire

·         Angus

·         Argyll

·         Ayrshire

·         Banffshire

·         Berwickshire

·         Buteshire

·         Caithness

·        Clackmannanshire

·        Dumfriesshire

·        Dunbartonshire

·        East Lothian

·        Fife

·        Inverness-shire

·        Kincardineshire

·        Kinross-shire

·        Lanarkshire

·        Midlothian

·        Moray

·        Morayshire

·        Nairnshire

·        Peeblesshire

·        Perthshire

·        Renfrewshire

·        Ross and Cromarty

·        Roxburghshire

·        Selkirkshire

·        Shetland

·        Stirlingshire

·        Sutherland

·        West Lothian 

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County Research Genealogical

County/Shire Research
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British Isles GenWeb

Clicking on a Link (below) will take you to the County’s website.  Here you will find additional links to more information specific to that location.

GENUKI provides a virtual reference library of genealogical information of particular relevance to the UK and Ireland. It is maintained by a charitable trust and a group of volunteers.

The BritishIslesGenWeb Project is part of the WorldGenWeb Project and is the regional resource page for research in Ireland and the United Kingdom.

·  Aberdeenshire

·  Angus

·  Argyll

·  Ayrshire

·  Banffshire

·  Berwickshire

·  Bute

·  Caithness

·  Clackmannanshire

·  Dumfriesshire

·  Dunbartonshire

·  East Lothian

·  County of Fife

·  Inverness-shire

·  Kincardineshire

·  Kinross-shire

·  Kirkcudbrightshire

·      Lanarkshire

·      Midlothian

·      Moray

·      Nairnshire

·      Orkney

·      Peeblesshire

·      Perthshire

·      Renfrewshire

·      Ross & Cromarty

·      Roxburghshire

·      Selkirkshire

·      Shetland

·      Stirlingshire

·      Sutherland

·      West Lothian

·      Wigtownshire

·  Aberdeenshire

·  Angus (Forfar)

·  Argyllshire

·  Ayrshire

·  Banffshire

·  Berwickshire

·  Buteshire

·  Caithness

·  Clackmannanshire

·  Dunbartonshire

·  Dumfriesshire

·  East Lothian

·  Fife

·  Inverness-shire

·  Kincardineshire

·  Kinross-Shire

·  Kirkcudbrightshire

·    Lanarkshire (Glasgow)

·    Midlothian (Edinburgh)

·    Moray

·    Nairnshire

·    Orkney

·    Peeblesshire

·    Perthshire

·    Renfrewshire

·    Ross and Cromarty

·    Roxburghshire

·    Selkirkshire

·    Shetland

·    Stirlingshire

·    Sutherland

·    West Lothian

·    Western Isles - (Hebrides)

·    Wigtownshire

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County Research  (General)

County Research
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Wikipedia is a multilingual, Web-based, free-content encyclopedia project based mostly on anonymous contributions. Clicking on a Link (below) will take you to the Wikipedia article about the county.  Here you will find additional links to guide the user to related pages with additional information.

     Historical types subdivisions of Scotland include the mormaerdom, stewartry, earldom, burgh, parish, county and regions and districts. The names of these areas are still sometimes used as geographical descriptors.  Modern Scotland is subdivided in various ways depending on the purpose. For local government, there have been 32 council areas since 1996, whose councils are unitary authorities responsible for the provision of all local government services. Community councils are informal organisations that represent specific sub-divisions of a council area.

    For the Scottish Parliament, there are 73 constituencies and eight regions. For the Parliament of the United Kingdom, there are 59 constituencies. The Scottish fire brigades and police forces are still based on the system of regions introduced in 1975. For healthcare and postal districts, and a number of other governmental and non-governmental organisations such as the churches, there are other long-standing methods of subdividing Scotland for the purposes of administration.

     City status in the United Kingdom is determined by letters patent. There are six cities in Scotland: Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, most recently Inverness, and Stirling.

·         Aberdeen City

·         Aberdeenshire

·         Angus

·         Argyll and Bute

·         Clackmannanshire

·         Dumfries and Galloway

·         Dundee City

·         East Ayrshire

·         East Dunbartonshire

·         East Lothian

·         East Renfrewshire

·         City of Edinburgh

·         Falkirk

·         Fife

·         Glasgow City

·         Highland

·         Inverclyde

·         Midlothian

·         Moray

·         North Ayrshire

·         North Lanarkshire

·         Perth and Kinross

·         Renfrewshire

·         Scottish Borders

·         South Ayrshire

·         South Lanarkshire

·         Stirling

·         West Dunbartonshire

·         West Lothian

·         Na h-Eileanan Siar

·         Orkney Islands

·         Shetland Islands

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Where in the World  are My Ancestors?

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Resources which enhance our knowledge of the places inhabited by our ancestors are almost as important  as  their  names.  The LINK

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to the right will take you to Maps, Gazetteers,   and other helpful  resources  that will assist you in discovering Ancestral Locations. 

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Gen Tool-Kit

 

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Our “Gen-Tool Kit” has been primarily designed for those researchers who may be traveling to this location to perform on-site studies of their family history, or to just visit some of the interesting historical sites located therein.  It can be very satisfying to mix research with sightseeing at historical and scenic spots.  Such activity not only gives you an understanding of the land but a needed break from intense research sessions.  When visiting an ancestral place for genealogical research we’ve found that the three most important places to visit are any available archives; the library; and the historical and/or genealogical societies that address the locality.  It is also good to plan ahead by contacting any site you intend visiting in order to ascertain where it is and when it will be open.  This is especially true with regard to historical and genealogical societies.  We hope that the following information will provide you with a better idea of what resources are available, within this place, to the family historian.  See Ancestral Scotland.com for information on how to plan your trip.

Cemeteries

History

Libraries, Museums

and Archives

Maps and Gazetteers

 Records

Societies

(History & Genealogical)

Cemeteries

Cemeteries

 

·         Scotland Cemetery Records | Genealogy

·         Cemeteries In Scotland - Wikipedia

·         Scotland-Cemeteries - Rootsweb.Com

 

·         Scotland Cemeteries

·         Find A Grave In Scotland

·         Scotland Cemeteries; Cemetery Lists

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History

·         History of Scotland - Wikipedia

·         A History of Scotland (TV series) - Wikipedia

·         Scotland's History - 5000 years of Scottish history

·         History Scotland Magazine: Scottish History

·         The History of Scotland Scottish History

·         History of Scotland: Scottish Traditions and History

·         Videos for history scotland

·         Scottish History Online

·         BBC - Scotland's History

·         Scottish History

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Libraries, Museums & Archives

·         National Library of Scotland

·         National Museums of Scotland

·         Scotland - The National Archives

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·          Maps and gazetteers

Maps and Gazetteers

 

·         Gazetteer for Scotland: Map of Scotland

·         A Gazetteer of Scotland

·         Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland

·         Scotland Historical Maps And Gazetteers

·         Gazetteer in Scotlands Family

·         Maps and Gazetteers - Scotland's People

·         Sources for Research in Scottish Genealogy

·         Maps & gazetteers, UK

·         Scotland Gazetteer - Ancestry.co.uk

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·          records

Records

 

·         Official Scottish records - Births, Deaths, Marriages

·         Scotland - Web Sites for Genealogists

·         Scotland genealogy ~ free family history resource

·         Scotlands Family - Scottish genealogy portal

·         Scottish Census Records

·         Scotland Parish Reports 1791-1845

·         Scotland, Scottish - Genealogy & History

·         Scotland’s National Archives - Records

·         Free 1881 Census Search

·         Scotland Genealogy - Tracing your Scottish Ancestors

·         The Scottish Marriage Index

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·          societies

Societies (Historical & Genealogical)

·         Scottish Genealogy Society Edinburgh

·         Family History & Genealogy Societies - Scotland

·         Scottish Genealogy Research Source Directory

·         Anglo-Scottish Family History Society

·         Society of Genealogists - Scotland Resources

·         Scotland: Genealogy

·         Scottish Family History Society Directory

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Internet
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General Resources

Locality Specific Resources

FREE Record Collections

Our Genealogy Reference Library

 

General Resources

·         GenealogyLinks.net - Home

·         FamilySearch Research Wiki

·         Kindred Trails.com - Home

·         Genealogy Trails History Group

·         Family Search,  USA IGI Batches, Localities

·         Record Search - Family Search.org

·         The WorldGenWeb Project

·         RootsWeb – Regional Resources and Websites

·         Genealogy Forum: Countries

·         Rootsweb.com – World Message Boards

·         Cyndi's List – Genealogy Categories

·         Data Base Collections at Ancestry.com$

·         MyGenealogist.com

·         Census Finder –Free Census and other Records

·         WorldCat – Find Items in Libraries Near You

·         Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia

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United Kingdom

·         RootsWeb Message Boards – UK and Ireland

·         FamilySearch Research Wiki – United Kingdom

·         UK & Ireland Genealogy Links

·         Kindred Trails.com – British Isles & Ireland

·         IGI Batch Numbers-British Isles

·         Family Search Records – United Kingdom

·         British Isles GenWeb Project

·         RootsWeb – United Kingdom & Ireland Websites

·         Cyndi’s List - United Kingdom & Ireland Index

·   GENUKI: UK & Ireland Genealogy

·   UK & Ireland Records Collections- Ancestry.com$

·   MyGenealogist.com – United Kingdom

·   United Kingdom Census Links

·   A vision of Britain (on-line library for local history)

·   UK Genealogy - Portal for UK Family Research

·   Genealogy.com SiteFinder: United Kingdom

·   Genealogy Forum – U.K. and Countries

·   UK Genealogy Archives, Heraldry & Family History

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Locality Specific Resources

Locality Specific Resources

·         Roots Web Message Boards - Scotland

·         FamilySearch Research Wiki - Scotland

·         Genealogy Links – Scotland

·         Kindred Trails – Scotland

·         IGI Batch Numbers – Scotland

·         Family Search Records – Scotland

·         British Isles GenWeb Project - Scotland

·         RootsWeb Websites – Scotland

·         Cyndi’s List - Scotland

·         GENUKI: Scotland

·         Scots Origins - Specialists in Scottish Genealogy

·         Ancestry.com Records Scotland $

·         MyGenealogist.com - Scotland

·         United Kingdom Census Links - Scotland

·         A Vision of Britain - Scotland

·         UK Genealogy - Scotland

·         Genealogy.com Site Finder - Scotland

·         Genealogy Forum - Scotland

·         UK Genealogy Archives - Scotland

·         Researching your Scottish family history

·         Electric Scotland.com

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All of the records and databases we’ve collected are FREE and can be accessed and searched online without having to pay for a subscription.   We have divided our collected into 14 record types as follows: Biographical; Birth; Cemetery; Census & City Directories; Church; Court; Death; Immigration & Naturalization; Land; Marriage; Military; Newspapers; Occupational; and Tax Records.    We try not to list any sites that have only a few records for the purpose of getting you to a website that will charge a fee to actually see the record beyond just a name.  

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Genealogy Reference Library

Our Genealogy 
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The following Link will take you to our library of genealogy reference books that pertain to this U.S. State.   Here you will find books about the history and records of this State, as well as its counties and other localities such as towns and churches.   The collection also contains research works about State military units and personnel during America’s wars.  In addition, there are resource texts about the ethnic and religious groups who settled in this State.

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