Scottish Indexes Conferences

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all. With millions of people around the world stuck at home and locked out of their beloved archives, we worked quickly in the spring of 2020 to start a series of free Scottish genealogy conferences. The first was held (nervously) in April 2020, and since then family historians from around the world have been joining us for these great learning opportunities.

The support from the Scottish genealogy community has been amazing, with genealogists and others from around the world volunteering to provide free high-quality presentations. If you would like to submit a proposal, please contact us. Most talks are available only at the live event, but some are now on YouTube, or other websites, for you to watch if you missed them.

On this page, you will find a list of presentations from past conferences. If the presentation is available online, we have provided a link.

The sixth Scottish Indexes Conference will be held on 10 October 2020. Find out more here on our homepage.

Scottish Indexes Conference V - 30 August 2020

‘Caring for Collections: protecting and preserving the family archive’ by Shona Hunter and Joe Jackson of the National Library of Scotland. We are pleased to say that this presentation is available to watch here:

'The Resources of Scottish Family History Societies' by Jean Dickson, Genealogist and volunteer at the Scottish Genealogy Society and Emma Maxwell, Genealogist at Scottish Indexes. Watch here:

'Scottish Prison Records' by Emma Maxwell, Genealogist at Scottish Indexes. Watch here:

‘Discover Scottish Land Records’ by Chris Paton, genealogist at www.scotlandsgreateststory.co.uk and author of ‘Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry through Church and State Records’, available here.

‘DNA Case Studies: How to Successfully Combine DNA & Traditional Research Methods’ by Michelle Leonard of Genes & Genealogy. Although this presentation is not available online, you can watch more from Michelle here.

‘Genealogy in the Scottish Borders Archives’ by Hannah Bell, from the Scottish Borders Archives.

‘Using the National Library of Scotland’s maps website to aid your local history’ by Craig Statham, Maps Reading Room Manager at the National Library of Scotland.

‘Mapping the Archival Footprints of Scotland’s Ministers’ by Michelle Brock and Chris Langley. Find out more about this amazing project at Mapping the Scottish Reformation

Scottish Indexes Conference IV - 11 July 2020

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

‘Tips and Tricks for Getting the Best out of www.scottishindexes.com’ by Emma Maxwell, Genealogist at www.scottishindexes.com.

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

‘Uncovering the Collections of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh’ by Daisy Cunynghame, Archivist at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. This presentation is available to watch here on YouTube.

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

‘Buccleuch Estate Rentals’ by Andrew Armstrong, Genealogist at www.relativelyscottish.com. Andrew’s presentation is available to watch here.

Scottish Indexes Conference III - 8 June 2020

‘Finding your Scottish Ancestors in Australia’ by genealogist Kerry Farmer.

‘Using Deeds to Trace Your Scottish Family History’ by Graham Maxwell, genealogist at Scottish Indexes. Find out more about deeds here in our Scottish genealogy Learning Zone.

‘Scottish Burgh and Trade Incorporation Records’ by Chris Paton, genealogist and author of The Scottish GENES Blog (GEnealogy News and EventS).

‘Referencing for Genealogists: or how to show where you found the data’ by Tahitia McCabe, genealogist and educator based at the University of Strathclyde.

‘Sounds like Family - Using Audio Recordings for Research’ by Jeni Park, from the National Library of Scotland.

‘Finding Scottish Origins in U.S. Records’ by B.J. Jamieson, genealogy reference specialist at Maine State Library.

‘Finding Your Scottish Ancestors in Canada’ by Christine Woodcock, organiser of the Scottish Vic (Scottish Virtual Conference).

Scottish Indexes Conference II - 1 May 2020

‘Buccleuch Estate Rentals’ by Andrew Armstrong, genealogist at Relatively Scottish. Andrew’s presentation is available to watch here.

‘Sources in Scotland for Tracing Scottish Emigrants’ by Scottish Genealogist Kirsty Wilkinson. You can watch this presentation here on Facebook.

‘Using Sheriff Court Records for Genealogy Research’ by Emma Maxwell, genealogist at Scottish Indexes. This presentation will be shown in the Scottish Indexes Facebook group in the coming weeks. If you missed it, join the group to watch it.

‘Tracing Living People - especially where adoption is involved’ by Jean Dickson of Roots for You - Genealogy & Family History.

‘Tracing the Irish in Scotland’ by Chris Paton author of ‘Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet’, which is available here.

‘Scottish Poor Law and its Records’ by Anne Henry of Warthog Genealogy.

‘...bread & cheese & kisses is not enough…’ by George Mackenzie, retired Archivist and former Keeper of the Records of Scotland.

‘DNA Testing for Family History’ by Michelle Leonard of Genes & Genealogy, co-author of ‘Tracing Your Ancestors Using DNA: A Guide for Family Historians’, available here.

‘Introduction to High Court Records’ by Emma Maxwell, you can watch this tutorial here.

Scottish Indexes Conference I - 9 April 2020

‘Absolute Beginners’ by Anne Henry of Warthog Genealogy. The slides from this presentation can be viewed here on Anne’s Facebook page.

‘Discover Scottish Civil Registration Records’ by Chris Paton, of www.scotlandsgreateststory.co.uk. Although this presentation is not available online, you may find his book ‘Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry through Church and State Records’ useful, which is available here.

‘Understanding Scottish Census Records’ by Emma Maxwell, of Scottish Indexes. Emma is a genealogist, and you can read her ‘Learning Zone’ section on census records here.

‘Scottish Family History resources on FindMyPast’ by Myko Clelland, genealogist at FindMyPast.

‘Where is it?’ by Jane Harris of Janealogy. The slides from this presentation can be viewed here on the Janealogy Facebook page.

‘Scottish Mental Health Records’, an introduction by Emma Maxwell. You can watch this tutorial here in our Learning Zone.

‘Records of the Kelso Dispensary’ by Andrew Armstrong of Relatively Scottish. Andrew has worked hard to help us index the records of the Kelso Dispensary which you can search for free here on our website.

‘Using Facebook for Genealogy’ by Clare Wilson of Treehouse Genealogy. This webinar can be watched here on YouTube.

‘Scottish Prison Records’ by Emma Maxwell, genealogist at Scottish Indexes. Although the presentation is not online, you can learn more about Scottish prison records here in our Learning Zone.

‘An Introduction to the Register of Deeds’ by Emma Maxwell. This tutorial can be viewed here in our Learning Zone.