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New Book on Scottish Genealogy Research

I have published a book on Scottish Genealogy Research, called In Search of Your Scottish Ancestors. The book is booklet sized and covers a variety of topics. Here are the table of contents: • Starting Your Search                         ...
•Scottish Marriages
•Scottish Naming Pattern      …

Added by christine woodcock on November 28, 2012 at 6:44am — 1 Comment

The Death of Library and Archives Canada and the Complacency of Canadian Genealogists

The Harper Government has made sweeping changes to Library and Archives Canada which affects everyone interested in pursuing family history, Canadian history or who wishes to preserve Canada’s national memory and national archival documents.


The mandate of LAC is as follows:

•To preserve the documentary heritage of Canada for the benefit of present and future…


Added by christine woodcock on June 11, 2012 at 2:27pm — No Comments

2 Spots Left for May 2012 Tour. Book by April 3 to Receive 5% Discount

NO FALL TOUR for 2012. Next trip to Scottish Archives will be May 2013. There are still 2 spots left for May 2012 trip. Book and pay in full by April 3 to receive 5% discount. Come to Scotland. Discover your ancestral heritage.

Added by christine woodcock on March 22, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Join Me In Scotland for Genealogy Research

One of the things that we have learned from the Who Do You Think You Are series is that not everything on our ancestors is available online. Remember that large document on Reba's English ancestors from the 1600s? Or the marriage register that awaited Martin Sheen in Italy? Or the newspaper articles on Blair Underwoods gt gt gt grandfather Sauney, the conjurer?…


Added by christine woodcock on March 6, 2012 at 4:32pm — No Comments

Scottish Genealogy Research Opportunity

 With the popularity of the television show Who Do You Think You Are, more people are showing an interest in finding their roots. I am a genealogist, living in Ontario, with an expert in Scottish genealogy research. I offer 10 day trips to Scotland to allow people to access the records directly (as opposed to paying for services of a professional genealogist). I take groups to the repositories in Edinburgh (Scotland's People Centre, The Scottish Genealogy Society, The National Library of…


Added by christine woodcock on May 29, 2011 at 4:12pm — No Comments

2011 Census

There's a lot of buzz around the various genealogy sites and societies about the 2011 census. You will remember in 2006 the Government in it's infinite wisdom decided to give people the option of "opting out" of having their census records released in 92 years. A truly nightmarish thought for any…


Added by christine woodcock on May 4, 2011 at 5:11pm — No Comments

Researching Scottish Ancestry - WHERE DO I START?

For those of us fortunate enough to have ancestors with Scottish heritage, researching is a fairly easy task. Knowing where to look is usually where we get tied up. Following these hints should help:

THE place for Scottish records, of course, is the office of the General Register (GRO). Their website is the repository for all official documents: birth, marriage, death, census, wills and testaments. Here’s what you need to know:

• The website is:… Continue

Added by christine woodcock on April 24, 2011 at 7:02pm — No Comments

Pay Attention to Witnesses and Informants on Civil Records

Often, on the records, the people listed as "witnesses" to a wedding or "informants" of the information (births, deaths) are close family members. Pay attention to these people. Search them out. Knowing more about them will help you to know more about your ancestors.

For example, my great grandmother's wedding registration lists her sister, Janet, as a witness. This particular sister was one of three sisters that my great grandmother had. But she was the oldest sister and the eldest…


Added by christine woodcock on April 19, 2011 at 6:05pm — 1 Comment

Lots Happening in UK Research

New at RootsIreland (


 Recently uploaded 32,000 baptism records for…


Added by christine woodcock on April 19, 2011 at 5:52pm — No Comments

Who Do You KNOW You Are?

Is there any better way for a genealogist to spend a Friday night than glued to the telly watching Who Do You Think You Are? The programs have been mesmerising. And although we all know the things that the “experts” explain to the stars, it is once again fascinating to piece it all together and know the story.


Watching Kim Cattrall, Rosie and Steve Buscemi, I have decided that when my great grandfather went off to fight the Boer War and never returned, he likely wasn’t…


Added by christine woodcock on April 16, 2011 at 6:11pm — 1 Comment

April 6 is Tartan Day

April 6 is officially known as Tartan Day in Canada

. April 6 was chosen as the date because it is the anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath, the Scottish declaration of independence.
A tartan represents a community, and is an enduring symbol of Scotland

that is cherished by Canadians of Scottish ancestry. Many Canadian provinces and other countries already celebrate Tartan Day.
Further to that announcement by Heritage Canada,…

Added by christine woodcock on April 6, 2011 at 2:18am — 1 Comment

Preserving Your Family History

Most genealogy researchers will tell you that they are searching not only to find out about their history but also to keep their family’s history alive for future generations. So, now that we have those research documents, bits of scrap paper, newspaper clippings, photos, e-mails and other assorted bits of “research”, how do we preserve them for future generations? There are a number of options. Here are a few:
1.) Scrapbook - take those precious old photographs and preserve…

Added by christine woodcock on March 21, 2011 at 4:26pm — No Comments

What Does it Mean to be Connected

I recently had the honour of putting a family history book together for a friend. Her uncle was turning 80 and this was to be a special gift for him. His sister is edging towards 80 herself and as an aging grandma, was eager to get her memories into a format that would preserve them for her grandchildren and generations yet to come. Their father was a soldier in both world wars. An amazing story in and of itself. He was wounded in WW1 so was not able to go back into the field in WW2.…


Added by christine woodcock on March 20, 2011 at 2:15pm — No Comments


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