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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.


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)

 

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