You have given us some great research sites and information but there is one thing that has not been given much space to and that is the advantage of belonging to your local family history group. How many of the members have taken advantage of this wonderful font of accumulated knowledge. The group that I belong to has been going for 30 years and so there are a lot of members with very diverse interests who are very willing to share their knowledge. We also have a huge number of cds and microfiche with information not available on any web site. Knowing how to search is as important as knowing where to look. Use an LDS library and order in films. Some baptism registers give witnesses to the baptism, often family members, which can help sort relationships. Use everything available to you.
While some members of Genealogy Wise have incredible knowledge, it astounds me that anyone hopes to find 3 x great grandma born somewhere in Scotland with only a name to go by. Even if someone comes up with a match, you still have to prove that this is your ancestor. Do your homework, work back from yourself, and make use of all the local facilities, including a genealogy or family history group.
I hope that this is helpful
Rosemary, I agree 100% regarding societies. I have joined several over the years and have gotten lots of help, information, lots of laughs, friends and unexpected relatives from them. It is too bad that the societies are losing members, I feel sorry for those who just do research via the internet (which you cannot find everything you need, even if you think you have).
You make a very good point. I'm a member of the Scottish Genealogy Society http://www.scotsgenealogy.com and regularly use their library.
There are many other family history societies in Scotland and I would be happy to include a list of them as part of this group. Does anyone have any suggestions as to Scottish or Scottish related societies?