Scotland Record Selection Table

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The table below can help you decide which type of Scottish records to search. Similar types of records in the country to which your ancestor immigrated may provide the information you need. Column 1 lists types of information you may need. Column 2 lists the sections of this outline that discusses the records that are most likely to have the information you need. Column 3 lists other sections that may be useful. The section headings used in columns 2 and 3 are the same headings as those used in the Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog.
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The table below can help you decide which type of Scottish records to search.  
  
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Step 1. '''In column 1''' select a research goal. Choose an ancestor you would like to know more about. What new information would you like to learn about that person?
  
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Step 2. '''In column 2''' find the types of records most likely to have the information you need.
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:&gt; Read the FamilySearch Wiki articles about those types of records. They explain what the records might tell you, how to search them, and how to find them in the Family History Library Catalog. Some records are not at the library. <br><br>
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Step 3. '''In column 3''' find additional record types that may be useful. <br>
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:&gt; Records of previous research (such as Genealogy, Biography, History, Periodicals, and Societies) are useful for most goals but are not listed unless they are ''especially'' helpful.<br><br>
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| align="left" | '''1. If You Need'''
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| align="left" | '''1. If You Need'''  
| align="left" | '''2. Look First In'''
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| align="left" | '''2. Look First In'''  
 
| align="left" | '''3. Then Search'''
 
| align="left" | '''3. Then Search'''
 
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| align="left" | Age
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| align="left" | Age  
| align="left" | Census, Civil Registration, Church Records
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| align="left" | Census, Civil Registration, Church Records  
 
| align="left" | Cemeteries, Military Records, Biography
 
| align="left" | Cemeteries, Military Records, Biography
 
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| align="left" | Birth date
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| align="left" | Birth date  
| align="left" | Civil Registration, Church Records
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| align="left" | Civil Registration, Church Records  
 
| align="left" | Cemeteries, Genealogy, Military Records, Newspapers, Occupations, Biography
 
| align="left" | Cemeteries, Genealogy, Military Records, Newspapers, Occupations, Biography
 
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| align="left" | Birthplace
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| align="left" | Birthplace  
| align="left" | Census, Church Records, Civil Registration,
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| align="left" | Census, Church Records, Civil Registration,  
 
| align="left" | Cemeteries, Genealogy, Newspapers, Military Records, Occupations, Biography
 
| align="left" | Cemeteries, Genealogy, Newspapers, Military Records, Occupations, Biography
 
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| align="left" | Boundaries of parishes, districts, and counties
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| align="left" | Boundaries of parishes, districts, and counties  
| align="left" | Gazetteers
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| align="left" | Gazetteers  
 
| align="left" | History, Maps
 
| align="left" | History, Maps
 
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| align="left" | Death
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| align="left" | Death  
| align="left" | Cemeteries, Church Records, Civil Registration, Newspapers
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| align="left" | Cemeteries, Church Records, Civil Registration, Newspapers  
 
| align="left" | Court Records, Probate Records, Land and Property, Biography
 
| align="left" | Court Records, Probate Records, Land and Property, Biography
 
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| align="left" | Historical background
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| align="left" | Historical background  
| align="left" | Genealogy, History
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| align="left" | Genealogy, History  
 
| align="left" | Church History
 
| align="left" | Church History
 
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| align="left" | Emigration date
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| align="left" | Emigration date  
| align="left" | Emigration and Immigration,
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| align="left" | Emigration and Immigration,  
 
| align="left" | Church Records
 
| align="left" | Church Records
 
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| align="left" | Language helps
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| align="left" | Language helps  
| align="left" | Language and Languages
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| align="left" | Language and Languages  
 
| align="left" | <br>
 
| align="left" | <br>
 
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| align="left" | Living relatives
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| align="left" | Living relatives  
| align="left" | Civil Registration, Directories, Census
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| align="left" | Civil Registration, Directories, Census  
 
| align="left" | Newspapers, Periodicals, Societies, Biography
 
| align="left" | Newspapers, Periodicals, Societies, Biography
 
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| align="left" | Maiden name
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| align="left" | Maiden name  
| align="left" | Civil Registration, Church Records
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| align="left" | Civil Registration, Church Records  
 
| align="left" | Cemeteries, Census, Land and Property, Probate Records, Biography
 
| align="left" | Cemeteries, Census, Land and Property, Probate Records, Biography
 
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| align="left" | Marriage
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| align="left" | Marriage  
| align="left" | Church Records, Civil Registration,
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| align="left" | Church Records, Civil Registration,  
 
| align="left" | Biography, Genealogy, Newspapers, Nobility
 
| align="left" | Biography, Genealogy, Newspapers, Nobility
 
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| align="left" | Occupation
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| align="left" | Occupation  
| align="left" | Church Records, Census, Directories, Civil Registration, Occupations, Probate Records
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| align="left" | Church Records, Census, Directories, Civil Registration, Occupations, Probate Records  
 
| align="left" | Court Records; Poorhouses, Poor Law, Etc.; Land and Property, Biography
 
| align="left" | Court Records; Poorhouses, Poor Law, Etc.; Land and Property, Biography
 
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| align="left" | Parents, children, and other family members
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| align="left" | Parents, children, and other family members  
| align="left" | Census, Church Records, Civil Registration, Probate Records
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| align="left" | Census, Church Records, Civil Registration, Probate Records  
 
| align="left" | Cemeteries, Land and Property, Schools, Biography
 
| align="left" | Cemeteries, Land and Property, Schools, Biography
 
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| align="left" | Physical description
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| align="left" | Physical description  
| align="left" | Military Records, Court Records
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| align="left" | Military Records, Court Records  
 
| align="left" | Biography, Newspapers, Occupations
 
| align="left" | Biography, Newspapers, Occupations
 
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| align="left" | Place-finding aids
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| align="left" | Place-finding aids  
| align="left" | Gazetteers, Maps
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| align="left" | Gazetteers, Maps  
 
| align="left" | Directories, History, Historical Geography, Land and Property, Periodicals
 
| align="left" | Directories, History, Historical Geography, Land and Property, Periodicals
 
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| align="left" | Places of residence
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| align="left" | Places of residence  
| align="left" | Census, Church Records, Civil Registration, Directories
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| align="left" | Census, Church Records, Civil Registration, Directories  
 
| align="left" | Land and Property, Probate Records, Biography
 
| align="left" | Land and Property, Probate Records, Biography
 
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| align="left" | Place of residence when you know only the county
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| align="left" | Place of residence when you know only the county  
| align="left" | Civil Registration, Church Records, Land and Property, Probate Records, Taxation, Census
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| align="left" | Civil Registration, Church Records, Land and Property, Probate Records, Taxation, Census  
 
| align="left" | Cemeteries
 
| align="left" | Cemeteries
 
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| align="left" | Previous research (compiled genealogy)
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| align="left" | Previous research (compiled genealogy)  
| align="left" | Biography, Genealogy, Societies
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| align="left" | Biography, Genealogy, Societies  
 
| align="left" | Nobility, Periodicals
 
| align="left" | Nobility, Periodicals
 
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| align="left" | Record-finding aids
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| align="left" | Record-finding aids  
| align="left" | Archives and Libraries, Genealogy
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| align="left" | Archives and Libraries, Genealogy  
 
| align="left" | Periodicals, Societies
 
| align="left" | Periodicals, Societies
 
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| align="left" | Religion
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| align="left" | Religion  
| align="left" | Biography, Church Records, Civil Registration
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| align="left" | Biography, Church Records, Civil Registration  
 
| align="left" | Census, Cemeteries, Genealogy, History
 
| align="left" | Census, Cemeteries, Genealogy, History
 
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| align="left" | Understanding names
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| align="left" | Understanding names  
 
| align="left" | Names (Personal)
 
| align="left" | Names (Personal)
 
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Revision as of 21:57, 14 October 2010

The table below can help you decide which type of Scottish records to search.

Step 1. In column 1 select a research goal. Choose an ancestor you would like to know more about. What new information would you like to learn about that person?

Step 2. In column 2 find the types of records most likely to have the information you need.

> Read the FamilySearch Wiki articles about those types of records. They explain what the records might tell you, how to search them, and how to find them in the Family History Library Catalog. Some records are not at the library.

Step 3. In column 3 find additional record types that may be useful.

> Records of previous research (such as Genealogy, Biography, History, Periodicals, and Societies) are useful for most goals but are not listed unless they are especially helpful.



1. If You Need 2. Look First In 3. Then Search
Age Census, Civil Registration, Church Records Cemeteries, Military Records, Biography
Birth date Civil Registration, Church Records Cemeteries, Genealogy, Military Records, Newspapers, Occupations, Biography
Birthplace Census, Church Records, Civil Registration, Cemeteries, Genealogy, Newspapers, Military Records, Occupations, Biography
Boundaries of parishes, districts, and counties Gazetteers History, Maps
Death Cemeteries, Church Records, Civil Registration, Newspapers Court Records, Probate Records, Land and Property, Biography
Historical background Genealogy, History Church History
Emigration date Emigration and Immigration, Church Records
Language helps Language and Languages
Living relatives Civil Registration, Directories, Census Newspapers, Periodicals, Societies, Biography
Maiden name Civil Registration, Church Records Cemeteries, Census, Land and Property, Probate Records, Biography
Marriage Church Records, Civil Registration, Biography, Genealogy, Newspapers, Nobility
Occupation Church Records, Census, Directories, Civil Registration, Occupations, Probate Records Court Records; Poorhouses, Poor Law, Etc.; Land and Property, Biography
Parents, children, and other family members Census, Church Records, Civil Registration, Probate Records Cemeteries, Land and Property, Schools, Biography
Physical description Military Records, Court Records Biography, Newspapers, Occupations
Place-finding aids Gazetteers, Maps Directories, History, Historical Geography, Land and Property, Periodicals
Places of residence Census, Church Records, Civil Registration, Directories Land and Property, Probate Records, Biography
Place of residence when you know only the county Civil Registration, Church Records, Land and Property, Probate Records, Taxation, Census Cemeteries
Previous research (compiled genealogy) Biography, Genealogy, Societies Nobility, Periodicals
Record-finding aids Archives and Libraries, Genealogy Periodicals, Societies
Religion Biography, Church Records, Civil Registration Census, Cemeteries, Genealogy, History
Understanding names Names (Personal)