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strange feeling – I had seen the original of the photo as a child aged around 10 – but hadn’t paid much attention at the time. It was wonderful to see it again, and not only that, the other researcher knew who everyone was in the photo! A postscript to this came some


years later, as we were clearing the family house – there was the original, very large photograph at the back of a cupboard. It is now proudly framed and hangs above my desk. Te Scottish Government has


invested a great deal of money in digitising these records and


“LOCAL GRAVEYARDS MAY ALSO CONTAIN HEADSTONES WITH FURTHER INFORMATION RECORDED ON THEM”


making them available – so there are costs involved in using this site. Purchase of “credits” costs £7 for 30 credits, and to download an actual record costs just over £1 or 5 credits. However, the information available is invaluable and costs compare favourably with family history resources in other countries. Tere are also copies of information recorded on the existing censuses in Scotland, taken every 10 years. Current


WHERE THERE’S A WILL


ScotlandsPeople can also help you find your ancestors’ wills


– currently these are available up to 1901 and can be purchased online for £5.


censuses are available from 1841-1911 – the census information is not released until 100 years have passed. Te information available on these resources can help to fit your family into the social and historical context – there is information on whole families, their addresses and occupations, together with information about the other families living in the same street.


Te graphic above shows Mary


Ann and John Duffy, listed in an excerpt from the census in 1891. At this time, they still have eight of their children living with them. Te family was living in a two- roomed house– which must have been fairly cramped! Two of the older girls are not with the family – they were “in service” working as domestic servants with a family in Glasgow. ScotlandsPeople also contains


a collection of Old Parish Registers, kept by the Church of Scotland. Some of these date back to the 16th century and provide valuable information on baptisms, marriages and burials before 1855. Te Scottish Catholic Archives


have also contributed resources to the site – there are records of baptism, marriage and other information, such as confirmations, sick calls and first confessions. ScotlandsPeople can also help


you find your ancestors’ wills – currently these are available up to 1901 and can be purchased online for £5. If you are travelling to Scotland with a view to finding out more about your family history, then using resources such as ScotlandsPeople will provide you with a lot of initial information about the family. You may have opportunities to visit some of the places where they lived. Who knows, perhaps some of those houses still exist! Local graveyards may also


contain headstones with further information recorded on them to help you take your research further. Te information above should


help you to get started on your own research. Good luck with your Scottish research!


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