Thursday, August 11, 2005

McCloud Of The Clan McCloud

There are many places on the Web to find extensive genealogical records, but the ScotlandsPeople website may be just about the best place to find various records about persons who lived, died, and were married in Scotland. The site contains access to over 43 million records, and was created through a partnership between the General Register Office for Scotland, the National Archives of Scotland, The Court of the Lord Lyon and Scotland Online. Visitors to the site may browse indices of Scottish births from 1553 to 1904, marriages from 1553 to 1929, and deaths from 1855 to 1954. New users may want to look at the "What's in the Database" section of the site to get a sense of the entire contents of this rather vast collection. The site also provides some information about how to get started with these materials, along with the wills and testaments of some rather famous Scots, including James Boswell, Robert Adam, Robert Burns, and Adam Smith.


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