Genealogy: tracing your family history

Genealogy is a fascinating and rewarding hobby and tracing your family tree has become easier in recent years with many websites offering access to records from across the world.

Genealogy: the journey begins

I recently discovered that my Great Grand parents were natives of the village of Lochee which is now part of Dundee City, to help readers find out more about thier family history the following advice should be enough to get you started and help you trace some fascinating ancestors you knew little or nothing about. you may also encounter some skeletons in the cupboard which makes this pastime even more enjoyable.

Building Your Family Tree

Most families can lay their hands on documents or photographs, which can be of use to you, examples of things are:Birth, marriage or death certificates, obituaries, family bibles, school leaving certificates, apprenticeship papers, university certificates, military records, immigration papers and diaries, following is a list of resources I’ve used in compiling My Own Family Tree.

National Records for Scotland

National Records of Scotland (NRS) is a Non-Ministerial Department of the Scottish Government. Our purpose is to collect, preserve and produce information about Scotland’s people and history and make it available to inform current and future generations.

We were established on 1 April 2011, following the merger of the General Register Office for Scotland (GROS) and the National Archives of Scotland (NAS). For administrative purposes we sit within the Scottish Government’s Constitution and External Affairs portfolio.

Free genealogy resources

The most widely used free genealogical recourse are The Jesus Christ Church of latter day saints who hold extensive records which users can search on-line at

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