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Scottish societies and organizations may have information of value to your genealogical research. Some are set up on a regional basis, others on a countywide basis, and others are only for a portion of a county. Most publish helpful journals, transcripts, and compiled genealogies. They may have ongoing projects searching and indexing records which are of genealogical value. Some publish queries about Scottish ancestors or maintain lists of member research interests.
You may want to join one of these societies and to support their efforts. This section of the outline discusses only Scottish societies, but do not overlook other societies in Great Britain and in the country to which your ancestors immigrated.
See the "Periodicals" section of this outline for more information about the journals and newsletters published by these societies.
Family History Societies
A coordinating organization for many societies is the Scottish Association of Family History Societies (SAFHS). The society publishes The Scottish Association of Family History Societies Bulletin, which contains news and updates on its member societies. For information about this organization, write to:
Scottish Association of Family History Societies
51/3 Mortonhall Road
Edinburgh EH9 2HN
Local History Societies
Many societies study local history and publish journals on the subject. A coordinating organization for local history groups is the Scottish Local History Forum. They publish Scottish Local History Journal. You may write for information about this association to:
The Honourable Secretary
Scottish Local History Forum
c/o National Museums of Scotland
York Buildings, Queen Street
Edinburgh EH2 1JD
Some organizations gather information about all individuals with a particular surname. If you are interested in such an organization, contact:
Guild of One-Name Studies
14 Charterhouse Buildings
London EC1M 7BA
Finding Records at the Family History Library
The Family History Library has copies of many records compiled by these societies. To find them, look for the society’s name in the Author/Title Search of the catalog on microfiche. Or, look in the Locality Search under:
SCOTLAND - SOCIETIES
SCOTLAND, [COUNTY] - SOCIETIES
The Locality Search also lists some records gathered by societies under the record type. For example, cemetery transcripts done by a local family history society are listed in the Locality Search under:
SCOTLAND, [COUNTY] - CEMETERIES
You can also use the Locality Search to find lists and guides that describe societies’ collections. Search under:
SCOTLAND - ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES
SCOTLAND - [COUNTY] - ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES
SCOTLAND - [COUNTY] - [CITY, TOWN, or PARISH] - ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES
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