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ANCESTRY Marie Dougan, of Ancestral Consultants, on how to trace your...


FAMILY ROOTS


Tis Hosteller special feature will help you trace your ancestors in Scotland – and you may be lucky enough to trace back quite a few generations. Always start with yourself. Begin with documenting information that you definitely know – include names, dates of births, marriages and deaths together with places. It can be helpful to check this by looking at original certificates if they are available. You should then broaden this approach


IF


you would like to trace your family tree in Scotland, then here are some ideas to get you started.


to ask your closest family relatives – parents and siblings. Other important people to get involved are grandparents if possible, aunts, uncles and cousins. Ask questions about your family – relatives may be able to give you some further details of names, years and places. You will be surprised at the amount of information you can uncover this way. Tere are also possible family stories of the type “we are descended from Bonnie Prince Charlie”, etc. Take note of


the information surrounding the story – you never know, there may be some grain of truth in some of these stories. Take your research back one generation at a time – don’t be tempted to rush back a few generations and miss some vital evidence as a result. Don’t worry too much about the exact spelling of surnames –


you are likely to find a variety of spelling options for your surnames over the years – so don’t discount a


connection with a Monroe for example, if your own surname is Munro.


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