If you have your ancestry back to the year 1314 in Scotland, your family history is technically “done.” A team of scholars has analyzed and pieced together all family relationships between 1093 and 1314 listed in 8600+ surviving documents. Their database is available for free online at the People of Medieval Scotland: 1093-1314 website.
You’ll encounter all types of interesting medieval terms in these manuscripts. An assart, for example, was “a piece of forest land cleared for use as arable.” A Liber Vitae (Book of Life) was “a book in which a religious house would record the names of its members and benefactors in expectation that they would be inscribed in the heavenly ‘Book of Life’ which was opened at the Day of Judgement.” A serf was “an unfree person.”
Here are direct links to several family trees:
- The Scottish Royal Family, 1093-1286
- Descendants of Earl David of Huntingdon, 1093-1286
- The English Royal Family
- Manx Royal Family