The study of Family History
Libraries and Other sources of Information
If you dont have a friend who is an expert or if you are not going to use a professional genealogist you will have to learn how to carry out family history research - so read up on the subject. As you become more expert you will need to know where to find the various resources and records to help you in your search. On this page we list a few useful books - the principal local libraries - how to contact cemeteries and churches - the regional Public Records Offices and lots of useful links on the net.
James, Alwyn : Scottish Roots. 4.99. A
good basic introduction to the subject.
Black, G.F.: The Surnames of Scotland. Originally published by New York Public Library in 1946.. Reprinted by Birlinn Ltd., Edinburgh. 20.00.
Ferguson,Joan: Scottish Family Histories. National Library of Scotland, 1986, 14.95. Lists most published works on Scottish families. Check for your own surnames - it can save a lot of research.
The Parishes, Registers, and Registrars of Scotland.
Scottish Association of Family History Societies. 4.00. Includes maps and lists of
parishes and registration districts. Sold by all the Scottish FHSs.
In Lanarkshire you can visit the principal local libraries. Each has a very good Local History room with copies of the LDS IGI International Genealogical Index on CD Rom. They usually have old parish records; census information from 1841; town council minutes; local newspaper cuttings and photographic records of the life and times of the area. It is wise to phone beforehand to book some time on the microfiche viewers or computers.
Local History Department, Wellwynd, Airdrie Lanarkshire.
Hamilton Central Library,
Reference Department, 98 Cadzow Street, Hamilton,
ML3 6HQ, Tel: 01698-452403, Fax: 01698-286334
Lanark Library, Reference Department, Lindsay Institute, Hope Street,
Motherwell Heritage Centre, 1 High Road, Motherwell, Lanarkshire ML1 3HU Tel: 00 44 (0) 1698 251000
Lanarkshire Archives, 10 Kelvin Road, Lenziemill, Cumbernauld G67, Tel:
01236 737114 Fax: 01236 781762
The Mitchell Library in Glasgow, North Street, is a reference library - none of its books can be borrowed - but there are no restrictions on who can use its facilities. Opened in 1877 as a result of a bequest of 67,000 to the city from Stephen Mitchell, a local tobacco merchant, the Mitchell , according to the Guinness Book of Records, is the largest public reference library in Europe.
In 1996-1997 the Mitchell recorded 475,052 visitors (529,675 ,94-95) and answered 239,996 enquiries. The total stock was 1,263,828 volumes. There are currently around 100 staff, and 26 security personnel. The Mitchell costs over 3.5 million to run in and is financed solely by Glasgow City Council. There are 6 public departments in the Mitchell Library, including the City Archives ,plus the Central Library Information Service (C.L.I.S.), housed in the City Chambers.
The Mitchell has information that is available in the other libraries and much, much more. You can contact the reference section on 0141-287 2803. The library is open Monday to Thursday 9am - 8pm, Friday and Saturday 9am to 5pm. If you are writing for information you may find that there is a heavy backlog.
The cemetery administration office is open from 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Thursday and from 8.30am to 4.15pm on Fridays. During public holidays the office is open from 10.00am to 2.00pm for booking of interments only. The office is closed on Christmas Day and New Years day.
Old Monkland Cemetery is non
denominational and all religions can be buried there.
You may be able to obtain a Monumental Inscription at http://www.memento-mori.co.uk
Official Records Sources
ScotlandsPeople, one of the largest online sources of original genealogical information.
General Register Office of Scotland
NOTE: There is a 100 year embargo on public records and recent' records of 100 years and under are not included.
For wills, deeds, valuation
rolls and pre-1855 baptismal records of churches other than the Church of
The National Register of Archives (Scotland), General Register House, Edinburgh EH2 4DF tel: 0131 535 1405 Web site: http://www.nas.gov.uk/ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org NRA only keeps a register of Archives but can inform you where these archives are stored.
For Records relating to Coats of Arms and recorded Genealogies contact
49-55 Chichester Street
Getting Started - Learn how to do it at the Genuki site.
Scotlands Family, the Scottish genealogy portal for everyone researching their Scottish ancestors. It aims to point you to free on-line data and information to help you explore your Scottish family tree, wherever you live in the world.
Maybole Community Family History this section is devoted to Local and Family History in the Maybole and Carrick area. "The mark of a Scot of all classes [is that] he ... remembers and cherishes the memory of his forebears, good or bad; and there burns alive in him a sense of identity with the dead even to the twentieth generation." Robert Louis Stevenson
& West Of Scotland Family History Society
Lanarkshire Family History Society
here to help people research their family history
primarily in Lanarkshire's parishes, in addition we also
hold information on other areas of Scotland.
with Roots Web
Some links provided by www.ancestry.co.uk
Researching Your Scottish Family History
by Joanne Winters provides a very helpful introduction for people starting out on this
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