Category Archives: Scottish

Too late for a Scottish passport!

Among the records in Edinburgh City Archives are records of passports issued by the Lord Provost of Edinburgh (class SL165, dates 1845-1916). Apparently Edinburgh Town Council issued passports, or certificates of good character, to its inhabitants from at least the … Continue reading

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Scottish registers of aliens

Although the various registers of aliens held by The National Archives in Kew have been fairly well covered in family history magazines, I’ve never heard of any similar records held in Scottish archives…. until today. As usual, I was looking … Continue reading

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It’s all his fault

I got interested in family history because of this man. His name is Robert Dunlop, he was born in Ayrshire in 1848, the oldest of seven children born to a colliery engineman and his wife, and he was my great-grandfather … Continue reading

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Mitchell Library lectures

The Mitchell Library in Glasgow is running a series of family history lectures starting on 14 November and running through into December as part of the Archive Awareness Campaign. The lecture subjects are: An introduction to Irish family history Census … Continue reading

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We will remember them: William McKenzie Combe

William McKenzie Combe, son of Angus McDonald Miller Combe and Mary Ann McKenzie; husband to Isabella Rankine and father of Mary McKenzie Combe. Born on 12 March 1895 at 11 St John Street, Edinburgh. Enlisted on 19 July 1915 in … Continue reading

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Summary of WWI records available online

Since Remembrance Sunday is tomorrow, now seems a good time to pull together a summary of the World War One records that are available online. Medal Roll Index Cards These were generated by the Army and list a man’s entitlement … Continue reading

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Stirling ancestors?

If you’ve ancestors from Stirling you might find this useful. The Old Town Cemetery in Stirling has just undergone a £1.7 million refurbishment. The Old Town Cemetery is at the Top of the Town in Stirling, just below the castle … Continue reading

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Scottish OPR burials are online

The Scottish Old Parish Register deaths and burials are now online – a day before planned. ScotlandsPeople has comprehensive guidance notes about these records on their site at And I’ve got a meeting in London tomorrow, and another commitment … Continue reading

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Scottish OPR burials due online on 1 April

I was looking at the Glasgow-based newspaper The Herald for a Scottish take on the new London records released on Ancestry (covered in my previous post) when I came across this throwaway comment: On April 1, the final tranche of … Continue reading

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New Year ….. New Data

London is currently shivering under a thick layer of snow which, according to the news, is the heaviest for 18 years. So this seems like a good time for an update on some of the new data that’s appeared online … Continue reading

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