Scottish and Northern Irish Ancestral Research

I am able to access most archives and genealogy centres on the Scottish mainland, particularly within the Central Belt, and regularly visit Belfast.   

Scotland has a wonderful series of archives for adding more flesh to the lives of those identified in our trees. The primary archives include the National Records of Scotland in Edinburgh, Glasgow City Archives at the Mitchell Library, and many other county based archives across the country, such as the magnificent Burns Monument Centre at Kilmarnock. In addition are specialist collections at libraries across Scotland (including the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh and Glasgow University Archives Services). 

Beyond the basic vital records and censuses, useful resources also include land records (sasines and rental records), inheritance records (testaments, Services of Heirs), dissenting and nonconformist church records (mostly not online), newspapers, directories, court papers, and considerably more.

For Northern Irish research I regularly travel to Belfast from the west of Scotland, to visit the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland’s national archive, for the same costs as a trip to Edinburgh. I can also access the more recent GRONI civil birth, marrage and death records for Northern Ireland which aren’t online, but which can be accessed at terminals at PRONI, as well as many newly digitised parish records which can ONLY be accessed at PRONI on its on-site computer (see…/proni-guide-church-records).

Scottish House History

 I am equally able to carry out research into a property of interest in Scotland, utilising a range of resources. This may include title plans, titles sheets, search sheets and sasine records from Registers of Scotland and the National Records of Scotland, as well as other resources from publications and archives across the country.

Until the Abolition of Feudal Tenure (Scotland) Act 2000 was enacted (in November 2004) Scotland’s land transactions were conveyed through the system of feudalism, with its own legal language. Any report produced will provide explanations of the relevant processes being described within the records, as well as an understanding of what the records contribute to the main chronological narrative of a property’s history.

 English Research

 I am equally able to carry out English research on your behalf.

The methodology for English research is different to that for Scottish and Northern Irish research, requiring the ordering of various certificates by post, and will hence take much longer to research, but it can also be done.  

Please contact me to discuss your requirements