Scottish Roots: A Step-by-Step Guide for Ancestor-Hunters

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"A do-it-yourself volume for the increasing number of people who long to go ancestor-hunting but don't know how to start. . . . Scottish Roots will start many people on a stimulating new interest."
--The Scots Magazine

"[Ancestor-hunting] begins with tapping the memories and photographs of the eldest member of your own family circle. After that, this informative and entertaining book will lead you step by step, up, down and along the branches of the progenitorial tree."
--Life and Work

More and more people today are tracing their roots, and a glance at the names in the local newspaperwill attest to the huge number of Americans who are descended from the highlands and lowlands, the glens and lochs, the islands and mulls of Scotland.

Scotland offers a vast array of facilities for genealogical research, and Scottish Roots: A Step-by-Step Guide for Ancestor-Hunters tells you exactly how to tap into the wealth of services and information available to trace your Scottish forebears and make the best use of these resources. The author shows how two individuals, who initially had information only as far back as their grandparents, were each able to trace a substantial family tree using such resources as the New Registrar House, the Scottish Record Office, local libraries, Scottish folk museums, and field investigation. Instructions are included on using these resources no matter where you live.

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Scottish Roots
By Alwin James

"An accessible, clearly written guide for genealogy buffs."
-Booklist

"An interesting and welcome addition to Scottish research."
-Genealogical Library Journal

"For pure reading pleasure, I'd recommend this book to anyone with the vaguest interest in Scottish genealogy. . . . If you are or know a Scotsman who is just getting started with a Scottish family tree, it's a must."
-Branches and Twigs

A country rich with family history, Scotland as a nation respects and preserves her past by preserving and housing hundreds of years of personal records. This book tells you just how to tap into that fund of information and services to trace your Scottish forebears.
Author Alwyn James describes the wealth of information available and tells you where to access it and how to make full use of the records. He provides a hands-on example to demonstrate how two Scots, who could only give details as far back as their grandparents, were able to build up a substantial family tree and discover their ancestral past.
James is married to a lovely Scottish lass, whose ancestry encouraged him to find their Highland roots. An editor of the business and politics magazine Scotland for many years, James has always been fascinated by genealogy.

Cover illustration: The Legend by G.P. Chalmers � National Gallery of Scotland

About the Author:

Alwyn James is a Welshman whose wife's Scottish ancestry encouraged him to look for their Highland roots. An editor of the business and political magazine Scotland for many years, James is now a freelance writer.

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