Family history research

ONE – Family tree sources and resources

Scotland’s People (the website) – www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk

Scotland’s People (the centre) – www.scotlandspeoplehub.gov.uk

Glasgow Genealogy Centre (in Mitchell Library) – glasgow.gov.uk

Directory of local registrars’ offices (link to PDF) – www.nrscotland.gov.uk

Mitchell Library Family History Centre – glasgowfamilyhistory.org.uk

Scottish Association of Family History Societies – www.safhs.org.uk

Find your local LDS Family History Centre – familysearch.org

Scottish Catholic Archives – www.scottishcatholicarchives.org.uk

Archdiocese of Glasgow Archive – www.rcag.org.uk

Scottish Jewish Archives Centre – www.sjac.org.uk

Family Search (Mormon Church) – www.familysearch.org

FreeBMD (free English and Welsh BMD indexes) – www.freebmd.org.uk

FreeCen (free UK censuses) – www.freecen.org.uk

FreeReg (free English and Welsh OPRs) – www.freereg.org.uk

Commonwealth War Graves Commission – www.cwgc.org

The Glasgow Story (includes 1913-14 valuation rolls, and PO directories for 1820, 1831 and 1841) – www.theglasgowstory.com

GenUKI (United Kingdom and Ireland) – www.genuki.org.uk

Cyndi’s List (categorised list of family history resources) – www.cyndislist.com

Scotland Gen Web (links to family history material) – www.scotlandgenweb.org

Deceased Online – www.deceasedonline.com

TalkingScot (web discussion forum) – www.talkingscot.com

Guild of One-name Studies (Goons) – www.one-name.org

Ancestry (commercial service) – www.ancestry.co.uk

Find my Past (commercial service) – www.findmypast.co.uk

The Genealogist (commercial service) – www.thegenealogist.co.uk

Genes Reunited (commercial service) – www.genesreunited.co.uk

Immigrant Ships – www.immigrantships.net

British Genealogy News and Events (genealogy blog) – britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk

Scotland’s Family (links to free resources) – www.scotlandsfamily.com

Find a Grave – www.findagrave.com

TWO – Family history sources and resources

Glasgow libraries catalogue – libcat.csglasgow.org

Glasgow Archives – www.glasgowlife.org.uk

Registers of Scotland – www.ros.gov.uk

Glasgow University Archives/ Scottish Business Archives – www.gla.ac.uk

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Archives – www.archives.gla.ac.uk/gghb

National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive – movingimage.nls.uk/

Glasgow cemeteries and crematoria – glasgow.gov.uk

National Records of Scotland (was National Archives of Scotland) – www.nrscotland.gov.uk

National Library of Scotland – www.nls.uk

Scottish Genealogy Society Library – www.scotsgenealogy.com

National Register of Archives Scotland – www.nrscotland.gov.uk

National Register of Archives – discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk

Scottish Archive Network (Scan) – www.scan.org.uk

National Library of Scotland Map Library – maps.nls.uk

Google Maps (including satellite view and Street View) – www.google.co.uk/maps

Bing Maps (including OS maps and bird’s eye view) – www.bing.com/maps

Old Maps (old maps, oddly enough) – www.old-maps.co.uk

The Scotsman digital archive – archive.scotsman.com

Google News archive search – news.google.com/newspapers

Google News Glasgow Herald archive search – news.google.com/newspapers

British Newspaper Archive – www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

19th century British newspapers, from the British Library – www.bl.uk

Gazetteer for Scotland – www.scottish-places.info

Scottish Post Office and trade directories – digital.nls.uk/directories

Scottish business and local directories – www.archive.org

Project Gutenberg – www.gutenberg.org

Scottish occupations – scottish-ancestors.com

Scottish legal terms – www.nas.gov.uk/guides/legalTerms.asp

Scottish diseases and medical terms – scottish-ancestors.com

Rudy’s List of Archaic Medical Terms – www.archaicmedicalterms.com

Scottish Handwriting – www.scottishhandwriting.com

Virtual Mitchell (images of Glasgow) – www.mitchelllibrary.org

Glasgow Digital Library (historical books) – gdl.cdlr.strath.ac.uk/index.html

Scran (300,000 images of Scottish history and culture) – www.scran.ac.uk

Statistical Accounts of Scotland – stataccscot.edina.ac.uk

Old Statistical Account – www.electricscotland.com

New Statistical Account – www.electricscotland.com

Recommended books

Scottish ancestors
Rosemary Bigwood, The Scottish Family Tree Detective (Manchester University Press)
Bruce Durie, Scottish Genealogy (History Press)
National Archives of Scotland, Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors: A Guide to Ancestry Research in the National Archives of Scotland (NAS)

Irish ancestors
Anthony Adolph, Tracing Your Irish Family History (Collins)
John Grenham, Tracing your Irish Ancestors (Dublin: Gill & Macmillan)
Ian Maxwell, How to Trace Your Irish Ancestors (How To Books)

English ancestors
Nick Barratt, The Family Detective (Ebury Press)
Alan Stewart, Grow Your Own Family Tree (Penguin)
Dan Waddell, Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC Books)

Navy, army and air force ancestors
Bruno Pappalardo, Tracing Your Naval Ancestors (The National Archives)
William Spencer, Air Force Records (The National Archives)
William Spencer, Army Records (The National Archives)

Useful Glasgow reference books
Joe Fisher, The Glasgow Encyclopedia (Mainstream)
Susan Miller, A Guide to Glasgow Addresses, Part I: 1700 to 1825, Merchant City (Glasgow & West of Scotland Family History Society)
Susan Miller, A Guide to Glasgow Addresses, Part II: 1826 to 1950, Industrial City (Glasgow & West of Scotland Family History Society)
Susan Miller, Strathclyde Sources (Glasgow & West of Scotland Family History Society)
June A Willing and J Scott Fairie, Burial Grounds in Glasgow: A Brief Guide for Genealogists (Glasgow: Glasgow and West of Scotland Family History Society)