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Scottish Indexes Conference

Scottish Indexes Conference - 11 July 2020 (update 7 July 2020)

To register for this free genealogy conference simply join our Facebook group to watch the live stream. If you are not on Facebook you can register on Zoom, click here to register.

This is a free event hosted by Scottish Indexes. If you would like to donate to help us cover the costs please select from the options below:

Scottish Indexes Conference Donation - £10 -
Scottish Indexes Conference Donation - £20 -
Scottish Indexes Conference Donation - £50 -

As with previous conferences, we will run from 7am BST (UK time) until about 10pm BST (UK time), showing each presentation twice. This means that we will be starting at 4pm Australian Eastern Standard Time Zone (AEST). The second session will begin at 10 am Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). We hope this will enable as many as possible to join us.

Please download the schedule as a PDF by selecting the most appropriate time zone:


British Summer Time (BST) - Scottish Indexes Conference Programme - 11 July 2020

New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) - Scottish Indexes Conference Programme - 11-12 July 2020

Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) - Scottish Indexes Conference Programme - 11-12 July 2020

Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) - Scottish Indexes Conference Programme - 11 July 2020

Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) - Scottish Indexes Conference Programme - 10-11 July 2020


Here are the presentations we are looking forward to on Saturday 11 July 2020:

"Techniques for Solving Genealogy Problems" by Kirsty Wilkinson genealogist and author of 'Finding Your Scottish Ancestors: Techniques for Solving Genealogy Problems'

"Getting the best out of the NLS maps website" by Chris Fleet, Map Curator at the National Library of Scotland

"Uncovering the Collections of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh" by Daisy Cunynghame, Archivist at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

"Tips and Tricks for Getting the Best out of www.scottishindexes.com" by Emma Maxwell, Genealogist at Scottish Indexes

"North Lanarkshire Archives - Using and Reading typical Scottish Local Authority Archives Records for Family History" by Wiebke McGhee, Archivist at North Lanarkshire Archives

“Buccleuch Estate Rentals” - Andrew Armstrong, Genealogist at Relatively Scottish


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Scottish Genealogy Research

Are you eager to start tracing your Scottish heritage but you don’t know where to begin? Head over to our Scottish Genealogy Learning Zone and take a look at our getting started guide. We have links to the major websites you will need, special offers and tips to get you started.

On our Scottish Indexes website, you will find a great variety of records to help you trace your Scottish family tree and discover your ancestors. Use the search form above to search all our records or go to our 'Record Sets' page to search a specific set. Not sure what historical records you can search on the Scottish Indexes website? Visit our coverage section for a detailed breakdown.

Looking for tips on how to break down those genealogy brick walls? Do you need a second pair of eyes to work out what an old document says or are you not sure what records to look at next? Join our Facebook group and you will find a large group of people ready and waiting to help.

Featured Documents

There are often extremes in family history. Either our ancestors seem to have lived and died leaving no trace or they have left behind a mountain of information.

It is often the rich who left behind great legacies of documentation, but the ‘Ag Labs’ seem to receive barely even a mention. Ironically it is when even the most ‘ordinary’ of ancestors fell upon hard times that we can discover the most and read the richest stories about their lives.

If we have an ancestor who went to court we can find a lot about them, the case and their lives. By far the best of these historical records are the records of the Scottish High Court, Scotland’s highest criminal court.

We have an index to Scottish High Court records from 1790 to 1917, which contains over 139,000 entries! Learn more about these amazing records in our latest tutorial, “Using Scottish High Court Records for Scottish Genealogy”:

Visit the Scottish Genealogy Learning Zone to sharpen your genealogy skills, learn about historical records and watch more free family history tutorials.

Database last updated on 4 July 2020 at 3:35 p.m. BST

This update has added paternity cases from Dumbarton Sheriff Court Decrees from 1890-1892.

Remember that spellings in historical records can vary widely, so use wildcards to help you find your ancestors. See our help page for more information.

This box will search the occupation, residence, and birthplace whenever this information has been recorded in the original record. It does not search ages or years and does not bring back results from multiple fields (e.g. you can search for a village or county but not both at the same time). To search multiple fields use the Advanced Search or search by individual Record Set

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