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Scottish Indexes Conference XI - 10 July 2021 (update 7 June 2021)

We’re looking forward to the 11th Scottish Indexes Conference. If you are joining us for the first time, here’s how it works. We start at 7 am UK time and keep going until 11 pm UK time. We do this to make our conferences time-zone friendly. Each presentation is shown twice, once between 7 am and 3 pm, then again between 3 pm and 11 pm. You can come and go throughout the day.

Registration Instructions

Facebook: This is an easy way to watch and interact with the presenters and attendees of the Scottish Indexes Conference. It is also possible to cast the conference to a TV which makes viewing more comfortable. Click here to join the Scottish Indexes Facebook Group.

Zoom: Many of us are now more familiar with Zoom than we were last April when we held our first conference. We have now expanded our package so there is plenty of capacity if you would prefer to watch on Zoom. Click here to register on Zoom.


The conference is completely free and we don’t even have a recommended donation. If you want to learn about Scottish genealogy we want you to attend. Obviously, there are expenses involved in hosting such a large virtual event and it does take a bit of time. If you would like to donate to help cover the costs involved, here are some options.

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


We start at 7am UK time, which is in the evening in Australia and New Zealand. We keep going until about 11pm UK time so that people in the United States and Canada can watch too. Each presentation is shown twice throughout the day. We have a live Q&A with each presenter, as well as two longer Q&A sessions during the day.

Please select your timezone below. We’re sorry if we have not covered your timezone. You may find the World Clock Meeting Planner on useful as you plan your day.

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Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) - Scottish Indexes Conference Programme - 10-11 July 2021

Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) - Scottish Indexes Conference Program - 10 July 2021

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Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) - Scottish Indexes Conference Program - 9-10 July 2021


Here are some of the presentations you can look forward to:

‘Tracing Scottish Women’ - by Kirsty Wilkinson, genealogist and author of ‘Finding Your Scottish Ancestors: Techniques for Solving Genealogy Problems’.

‘Merchant and Trades House Records’ by Dr Irene O'Brien, senior archivist at Glasgow City Archives.

‘Tracing Scottish Ancestors before 1855’ by genealogist Alison Spring.

‘Member's Story: Diana Rae’ by Jennifer Jolly.

‘The Stones of Seafield: exploring monumental inscriptions in Edinburgh's Seafield Cemetery’ by Emma Jolly, writer and genealogist at

‘Overcoming Brickwalls: Case Studies' by Emma Maxwell, genealogist at Scottish Indexes.

‘Sharing Shetland Surnames’ by Susan Cooper & Alan Beattie, representing the Shetland Family History Society.

Genealogy Q & A hosted by Graham and Emma Maxwell.

Past Conferences

Our conference on 10 July 2021 will be our 11th free conference since April 2020. These events are designed to be interactive and are best watched live. Some presentations from previous conferences are available to watch again. Visit our Past Conferences page to see what you’ve missed so far and catch up with some of the presentations.

Scottish Genealogy Indexes

For nearly 20 years we have been publishing indexes to historical Scottish documents. It all started with the census, back in the days when it wasn’t online! Our indexes have expanded and now you can search our Scottish genealogy indexes on this website.

Of course, there is always more to do! We work with volunteers to index records and right now they are beavering away at the prison registers and other exciting projects. Would you like to volunteer?

Scottish Indexes Conference

Join fellow family historians to help us index records, you can index one page or 100 pages, it’s entirely up to you. Never done any indexing before? That’s OK, you will be given lots of help and anything you can do will be very much appreciated. We want to work together to index these amazing records that can help us all discover our ancestors.

To get involved please contact us and we will give you more information.

Another way to help us get more records online is to donate to our indexing projects, this pays for a genealogist to index more challenging records such as sasines, deeds and court records.

Indexing Donation - £5 -
Indexing Donation - £10 -
Indexing Donation - £20 -

Scottish Indexes Orders (update 18 February 2021)

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we can still fulfil many orders from our online Scottish genealogy indexes, but not all. If you order a record that we can’t supply right now, we offer a full refund, so feel free to place your order. Alternatively, contact us to make sure your order will not be affected right now.

As a result of the pandemic, archives across Scotland have been closed. Please contact us to discuss which research projects we can complete right now and which will have to wait.

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Database last updated on 22 May 2021 at 12:00 p.m. GMT

This update has added over 100,000 prison records from across Scotland.


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.

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