Scotland Record Finder

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This table can help you decide which records to search using the following steps:

Step 1. In column 1, find your goal.

Step 2. In column 2, find the types of records most likely to have the information you need.

Step 3. In column 3, find additional records that may be useful.

What you are looking for: Try these records first: Other useful records:
Age Census, Civil Registration, Church Records Cemeteries, Military Records, Biography
Birth date Civil Registration, Church Records Cemeteries, Genealogy, Military Records, Newspapers, Occupations, Biography
Birthplace Census, Church Records, Civil Registration, Cemeteries, Genealogy, Newspapers, Military Records, Occupations, Biography
Boundaries (parish, district, or county) Gazetteers History, Maps
Death information Cemeteries, Church Records, Civil Registration, Newspapers Court Records, Probate Records, Land and Property, Biography
Emigration information Emigration and Immigration, Church Records
Historical background Genealogy, History Church History
Language helps Language and Languages
Living relatives Civil Registration, Directories, Census Newspapers, Periodicals, Societies, Biography
Maiden name Civil Registration, Church Records Cemeteries, Census, Land and Property, Probate Records, Biography
Marriage information Church Records, Civil Registration, Biography, Genealogy, Newspapers, Nobility
Naming customs Names (Personal)
Noble families Nobility, Heraldry
Occupations Church Records, Census, Directories, Civil Registration, Occupations, Probate Records Court Records; Poorhouses, Poor Law, Etc.; Land and Property, Biography
Parents, children, and other family members Census, Church Records, Civil Registration, Probate Records Cemeteries, Land and Property, Schools, Biography
Physical description Military Records, Court Records Biography, Newspapers, Occupations
Place-finding aids Gazetteers, Maps Directories, History, Historical Geography, Land and Property, Periodicals
Places of residence Census, Church Records, Civil Registration, Directories Land and Property, Probate Records, Biography
Place of residence when you know only the county Civil Registration, Church Records, Land and Property, Probate Records, Taxation, Census, Cemeteries
Previous research (compiled genealogy) Biography, Genealogy, Societies Nobility, Periodicals
Record-finding aids Archives and Libraries, Genealogy Periodicals, Societies
Religion Biography, Church Records, Civil Registration Census, Cemeteries, Genealogy, History
Social activities Social Life and Customs, History Societies