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Guide to Scotland ancestry, family history, and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

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Country Information

Scotland is a one of the four constituent countries of the United Kingdom (together with England, Wales and Northern Ireland). In 1707, the Kingdom of Scotland joined the Kingdom of England in union to become the Kingdom of Great Britain. The official language is English.[1]

Getting Started

Getting Started with Scotland Research

Links to articles on getting started with Scotland research.

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Scotland Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in Scotland research.

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Scotland Clickable Map

AberdeenshireAngusArgyllAyrshireBanffshireBerwickshireButeCaithnessClackmannanshireDumfriesshireDunbartonshireEast LothianFifeInverness-shireKincardineshireKinross-shireKirkcudbrightshireLanarkshireMidlothianMorayNairnshireOrkneyPeeblesshirePerthshireRenfrewshireRoss & CromartyRoxburghshireSelkirkshireStirlingshireShetlandSutherlandWest LothianWigtonshireDunbartonshireScotlandimagemap.jpg

Pre and Post 1974 County list

Here is a list of the historic counties with the new (post-1974) county or counties they are primarily a part of. Click on an old county name to see a list of historic parishes with further links to information on parish records.  (The codes are the standard 'Chapman Code' abbreviations for the historic counties.) For more information about Scotland Counties click here

Historic County Code Post-1974 County
Aberdeenshire ABD Grampian
Angus (or Forfarshire) ANS Tayside
Argyllshire ARL Strathclyde
Ayrshire AYR Strathclyde
Banffshire BAN Grampian
Berwickshire BEW Borders
Bute BUT Strathclyde
Caithness CAI Highland
Clackmannanshire CLK Central
Dumfriesshire DFS Dumfries & Galloway
Dunbartonshire DNB Strathclyde
East Lothian (or Haddingtonshire) ELN Lothian
Edinburghshire (see Midlothian) --- ---
Elginshire (see Moray) --- ---
Fife (Kingdom of) FIF Fife
Forfarshire (see Angus) --- ---
Haddingtonshire (see East Lothian) --- ---
Inverness-shire INV Highland
Kincardineshire KCD Grampian
Kinross-shire KRS Tayside
Kirkcudbrightshire KKD Dumfries & Galloway
Lanarkshire LKS Strathclyde
Linlithgowshire (see West Lothian) --- ---
Midlothian (or Edinburghshire) MLN Lothian
Moray (or Elginshire) MOR Grampian
Nairnshire NAI Highland
Orkney Islands OKI Orkney
Peeblesshire PEE Borders
Perthshire PER Tayside, Central
Renfrewshire RFW Strathclyde
Ross & Cromarty ROC Highland
Roxburghshire ROX Borders
Selkirkshire SEL Borders
Shetland (or Zetland) Islands SHI Shetland
Stirlingshire STI Central
Sutherland SUT Highland
West Lothian (or Linlithgowshire) WLN Lothian
Wigtonshire WIG Dumfries & Galloway

More Scotland Research Strategies

Research strategies give guidance on how to research or what records to search for first. Below are additional research strategy Wiki articles for Scotland.

More Scotland Research Tools

Research tools can include resources that assist in locating correct records to search and determining the correct locality to search in. Below are links and Wiki articles to research tools in Scotland.

FamilySearch Resources

Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in resourcing your family.

  • Wikipedia contributors, "Scotland," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 23 March 2016.