Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Genealogy At A Glance

Recently I found a "new" four page handout by David Dobson for Scottish genealogical research. It is a series published by the Genealogical Publishing Company, and can be otained at http://www.genealogical.com/.

For those who don't know, Mr. Dobson is one of the major players when it comes to Scottish immigration into North America. The handout contains the following major titles: Contents, Quick Facts, Scottish Emigration, Unlocking Scottish Family History, basic sources (parish registers, civil registration, census); supplementary sources, further reference, and major online resources.

He is better known for the series of Directory of Scottish Settlers in North America, 1625-1825 [Genealogical Publishing Coy] and The Scots Overseas; Emigrants and Adventurers From Southern Scotland [self-puplished]. Why are these so brilliant? Let's look at some of the more important sources used:

  • Burgh records

  • Propinquity Books

  • Kirkintilloch Court Book

  • Calendar of Treasury Books (London)

  • Various parish registers

  • Estate papers

  • London Guildhall and Record Office

  • National Library of Scotland

  • Various passenger lists

  • Register of the Privy Council of Scotland

  • Guildry Books

  • State Papers, London

  • Worshipful Company of Fishmongers, to but name a few!

Many Americans with Scottish ancestry can be helped in tracing their origins with his publications.

John Kitzmiller

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