Scottish Genealogy Blog

As genealogists, we're constantly learning new things about the past - both on a grand and an intimate scale. We chat about some of these discoveries on our blog. Here, you’ll find ‘how to’ guides for our site and for various Scottish archives, snippets of Scottish history, interesting discoveries in the archives, company updates and news on what’s happening in the Scottish genealogy world. Our main contributor is genealogist Emma Maxwell with occasional guest bloggers also writing for us on a number of topics.

Click on the links below to read posts. We also write a genealogy newsletter which we send out every 4-6 weeks: you can subscribe for free here.

Finding Historic Mental Health Records in Scotland

SAFHS Conference and Family History Fair 2016

The Kirk Sessions - More than just fornication cases!

Smallpox in the National Records of Scotland

A Scottish Family Archive

7 July 1905 - Peebles Hydropathic Burned to the Ground

Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors

Finding Birth, Marriage and Death Records Before 1855

Using Marriage Contracts to Trace Your Family Tree

The people behind the names

The Kelso Dispensary

Sponsor an Index

A good dig through dusty documents!

‘Then & Now’ Competition - April Prizes Confirmed

Then and Now - The Photography Competition

Scottish Mining Accident, Shotts, Lanarkshire

The Scottish Naming Pattern

Annandale Distillery

Body Snatching in Kirkintilloch

Conservation at the National Library of Scotland

A Hawick Man's Brush with History

Researching Historic Mental Health Records in Scotland

No Books Were Harmed in the Making of this Index

A visit to the Stewartry Museum in Kirkcudbright

Using to the full

50 Years of the Forth Road Bridge

New Resource for the Family Historian

A lament for the letter

Who Do You Think You Are? Live (this weekend!)

Why we moved to Scottish Indexes (and why we're happy that we did!)

Listening to my grandfather

An Index to Historic Scottish Mental Health Records Goes Online

Looking back to the beginning

Beyond the census - Woodhead lead mines, Carsphairn

Tale from a Shetland cemetery

Into the archives - McVitie's

The archives of the National Trust for Scotland

The National Records of Scotland - How Many Images are in the Virtual Volumes?

Love in the Archives

Illegitimate Ancestor? Try the Sheriff Court!

Scottish Towers and Castles

A Visit to the Carlisle Archive Centre

Visit Scotland and take a walk in your ancestors' footsteps

Understanding Our "Lunatic" Ancestors

Finding births in the NRS - How the professionals do it!