Research your Scottish ancestry: Download your free guide here - Scotland Magazine

Research your Scottish ancestry: Download your free guide here

How to start (and finish) researching your Scottish roots once and for all

Many of us have Scottish ancestry but find it difficult to wade through history – and all those murky church records and online registers – to find it.

That’s why over the past six issues of Scotland, genealogy expert Chris Paton has been sharing his step-by-step advice on how to research your ancestry, and where to go about it. He’s pointed us in the direction of numerous invaluable resources – digital and physical – that will make all the difference in your search for your ancestors. So if you don’t know where to begin? Begin at the beginning, with Chris’ tips on pages 2-3 of this free digital magazine, which brings together our series on tracing your ancestry.

For previous readers of The HighlanderScottish Life and Scotland Magazine, who have been brought together under the new Scotland title in an exciting merger, this special edition is for you. A welcome gift, you might say. We hope you enjoy it.

What’s inside:

  • How best to collect oral histories
  • How to draw up an accurate family tree using birth, death and marriage records
  • The idiosyncrasies of historic systems that you should watch out for
  • How to use church records to find registers of baptisms, marriages and burials pre-1855
  • How to locate graveyards, cemeteries and crematoria (digitally and physically) to find more clues
  • How to use wills and testaments to identify heirs

Simply fill in the form below to download your copy for free.



Published six times a year, every issue of Scotland showcases its stunning landscapes and natural  beauty, and delves deep into Scottish history. From mysterious clans and famous Scots (both past and present), to the hidden histories of the country’s greatest castles and houses, Scotland‘s pages brim with the soul and secrets of the country.
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