Scottish and Northern Irish 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, but which also hold many important records that might help break down a brick wall when the vital records fail. 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 there 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.

Sometimes the relevant records will take a wee bit more digging around to find. I have researched for clients in all manner of repositories, from small museums and chartered accounts’ offices to family history society libraries and old farms. If access can be gained, research can be carried out.

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.  As well as the Ulster based archive records, 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).

 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

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