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Scottish Indexes Conference

Scottish Indexes Conference - 8 June 2020 (update 2 June 2020)

We are looking forward to the next Scottish Indexes Conference on 8 June 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.

Here are the presentations we have to look forward to:


‘Finding your Scottish Ancestors in Australia’ - Kerry Farmer

‘Using Deeds to Trace Your Scottish Family History’ - Graham Maxwell

‘Scottish Burgh and Trade Incorporation Records’ - Chris Paton

‘Referencing for Genealogists: or how to show where you found the data’ - Tahitia McCabe

‘Sounds like Family - Using Audio Recordings for Research’ - Jeni Park

‘Finding Scottish Origins in U.S. Records’ - B.J. Jamieson

‘Finding Your Scottish Ancestors in Canada’ - Christine Woodcock


There will be time to ask our panel of genealogists questions throughout the day and there are also two Question and Answer sessions.

People with Scottish ancestry live around the globe, that’s why we have scheduled each presentation to be shown twice during the day. This should enable you to watch whether you are in Melbourne or Toronto, Aberdeen or San Francisco. Simply download the PDF Schedule for your timezone below so you can plan your day.


British Summer Time (BST) - Scottish Indexes Conference Programme - 8 June 2020

New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) - Scottish Indexes Conference Programme - 8-9 June 2020

Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) - Scottish Indexes Conference Programme - 8-9 June 2020

Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) - Scottish Indexes Conference Programme - 8 June 2020

Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) - Scottish Indexes Conference Programme - 7-8 June 2020


To register for this free 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. If you would like to contribute, click here to donate via PayPal and then choose the amount to donate.

Scottish Indexes Conference

Scottish Indexes Conference - 8 June 2020 (updated 21 May 2020)

We are excited to announce that the 3rd Scottish Indexes Conference is scheduled for Monday 8 June 2020. This is again a free conference, simply join our Facebook group to access the event. If you don’t have Facebook you can also register here on Zoom.

To accommodate people around the globe the programme will again begin at 7am BST and end at 10pm BST. In the coming days we will announce more speakers and release the full schedule so that you can plan your day.

Here are some presentations to look forward to (we will let you know about more soon):


“Referencing for Genealogists: or how to show where you found the data” - Tahitia McCabe

"Scottish Burgh and Trade Incorporation Records" - Chris Paton

“Finding Your Scottish Ancestors in Canada” - Christine Woodcock

“Sounds like Family - Using Audio Recordings for Research” - Jeni Park


This is a free event. If you would like to contribute, click here to donate via PayPal and then choose the amount to donate.

Scottish Indexes - Record Sets Facebook Group

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 26 May 2020 at 8:40 p.m. BST

This update has added entries from Duns Sheriff Court Criminal Records from 1883-1919.

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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