Seek the story of your life: The Scottish Ancestral Records podcast - Scotland Magazine

Seek the story of your life: The Scottish Ancestral Records podcast

Hosted by broadcaster, columnist and author Lisa May Young, the Scottish Ancestral Records podcast is must-listen for Scottish history and ancestry enthusiasts

From ancestry research with Ken Nisbet of The Scottish Genealogy Society to Fife’s history with Kirkcaldy Civic Society, many episodes engage with experts to shed light on intriguing topics off the beaten track.

Or, if you’re keen to trace your own family tree, there are many hints and tips to be gleaned, whether you’re just getting started or need help perusing a particular set of records, or using a specific online tool. Join Lisa as she explores the stories of Scotland, and helps you find yours.

The podcast is hosted by Spreaker and distributed to almost all standard audio platforms (a full list below). However, to make things easier, we’ve also included direct links on this page. We’ll update the list as new episodes are released, so watch this space!


Holding the Space with Ken Nisbet of the Scottish Genealogy Society

How to get started with Ancestry Research

Getting Started with Statutory Records

Family Stories – Ronald, George and Peter Anderson

Getting Started with Census Records

Family Stories – Corrado Tincolini

Getting Started with Parish Records

Getting Started with Poor Law Records

Discovering Volunteer Green, Kirkcaldy

Getting Started with Historical Key Workers & Military Records

Discovering Mary Campbell Smith ‘The Boy in the Train’

Getting Started with Wills & DNA Ancestry Tests

Discovering Robert Dunsire and the Victoria Cross & Update on Mary Campbell-Smith

Discovering The Man In the Rock

Happy Birthday Jennie Lee

Discovering your Farming Ancestors 

Meet the Host: Mark A.G interviews Lisa May Young 

Where to listen

Scottish Ancestral Records is hosted by Spreaker and distributed to Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Audible, Amazon Alexa, Castbox, Deezer, Podcast Chaser, Podcast Addict and JioSaavn.



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