Course image Scottish: Beyond the OPRs
Intermediate Scottish Records
Course Summary:
Course Length: 7 weeks
Course Pending

This course examines the Church of Scotland records beyond the OPRs and covers the Kirk Session records, and records of the presbyteries, synods and the General Assembly. The records of other Presbyterian churches in Scotland―the secessionist churches―are examined together with those of other Judeo-Christian churches in especial the Episcopalian (Anglican) Church in Scotland and the Roman Catholic Church.

Course image Scottish: Land and Property Records
Intermediate Scottish Records
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: Scottish: Land and Property Records

*Course material will only be sent to students who are registered in the course.

This course explores the many sources available for tracing land and property in Scotland. Students will become familiar with the laws concerning the inheritance and ownership of property and the different types of records available to trace both landowners and tenants. Practical guidance is given on locating records held in Scottish archives and in using the many sources now accessible online. 

Course Length: 7 weeks

Contact Hours: 18
Grading Scale: 70% Tests/30% Assignments
Course Length: 7 weeks
Course Content

MODULE 1
UNDERSTANDING WHERE YOUR ANCESTORS LIVED
Introduction
Administrative Divisions in Scotland
Scotland: A Brief History
Identifying Where Your Ancestors Lived
Learning More about Where Your Ancestors Lived

MODULE 2
SEARCHING FOR YOUR ANCESTORS BY PLACE
Introduction
Scottish Archives & Libraries: A Brief Introduction
Searching for Ancestors by Place
Street, Trade and Post Office Directories
Telephone Directories
Electoral Registers and Voters Rolls
Valuation Rolls & Community Charge (Poll Tax) Records (1855- present)
Return of Owners of Land
Inland Revenue Survey
Pre-1855 Valuation Rolls and Property Tax Records
Other Tax Records
Heritors Records
Teind Records
Commissioners of Supply
Insurance Records
Newspapers
Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland

MODULE 3
INHERITING LAND AND BUILDINGS
Introduction
Property and Inheritance in Scotland
Inheritance Records

MODULE 4
RECORDS OF PROPERTY OWNERSHIP
Introduction
Crown Grants of Land
Sasines: An Introduction
Sasine Registers from 1617
Structure of a Sasine
Using Sasines: Practical Tips

MODULE 5
RECORDS OF TENANTS
Introduction
Types of Tenants and Tenacies
Records of Tenants
Estate Records: An Introduction
Finding Estate Records

MODULE 6
CONCLUSION
Introduction
Additional Land and Property Sources
Property and Debt
Approaches to Land and Property Research
Practical Tips for Searching Scottish Land and Property Records
CASE STUDY
Course image Scottish: Special Aspects of Scottish Research
Intermediate Scottish Records
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: Scottish: Special Aspects of Scottish Research

*Course material will only be sent to students who are registered in the course.

This course introduces concepts and terms which a student of Scottish family history coming to the topic for the first time is unlikely to have encountered in research in other jurisdictions, and an understanding of which will likely be found essential in exploring the resources discussed in the Scottish intermediate and advanced level courses. It includes tables and other information which the student at an Intermediate or Advanced level will be able to refer back to and draw upon when completing later courses.   

The topics in this course include Scottish currency, weights, and measures; dates and calendars; languages; glossaries; handwriting; names and naming patterns; clans, septs and tartans; clan and surname DNA projects; heraldry; and compiled genealogies. 

Course Length: 7 weeks

Contact Hours: 18
Grading Scale: 70% Tests/30% Assignments
Course Length: 7 weeks
Course Content

MODULE 1
CURRENCY, WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
Currency
Scots Coinage, to 1707
Sterling Currency, from 1707 to 1971
Converting From Scots Money to Sterling
Weights and Measures
Scottish Weights and Measures, to 1707
The Act of Union, 1707
Scottish Weights and Measures, from 1824 to 1969

MODULE 2
CALENDARS AND PALAEOGRAPHY
Calendars, Days and Dates
Scottish Calendar Changes & The Family Historian
Regnal Years & Scottish Family History Research
Palaeography
Scottish Handwriting: Printed Material

MODULE 3
LANGUAGES AND GLOSSARIES
Early Languages in Scotland
(Scottish) Gaelic: Language Tools and Resources
Scots: Language Tools and Resources
Latin: Language Tools and Resources
Glossaries: An Introduction
Online Glossaries for Local and Family Historians
Printed Glossaries for Local and Family Historians
National Archives of Scotland Glossaries
Legal Glossaries
Medical Glossaries
Online Lists of Occupations

MODULE 4
FORENAMES AND PLACE NAMES
(Scottish) Gaelic: Background
Scottish Forenames
Scottish Place Names

MODULE 5
CLANS, SEPTS AND SURNAMES
Surnames in Scotland
The Clans of Scotland
Septs of Scottish Clans
DNA Analysis and Scottish Family History Research
Clan and Surname DNA Projects
Genetic Roots of the People of the British Isles

MODULE 6
SPECIALISED TOPICS AND DIGITAL BOOKS
Compiled Genealogies
Scottish Biographical Dictionaries
Scots Peerage and Nobility
Scots Heraldry
Clans: Tartans, Badges and Mottoes etc.
Course image Scottish: The Poor and Poor Relief
Intermediate Scottish Records
Course Summary:
Course Length: 7 weeks
Course Pending

This course will examine the provisions in Scotland both before 1845 when poor relief was the responsibility of the church; and after 1845 when responsibility was passed to parochial boards and the Central Board for Supervision in Edinburgh. We will also look at the related records for Friendly Societies, Fraternal Organisations and charities.

Course image Scottish/English: Occupations - Military and Services
Intermediate Scottish Records
Course Summary:
For details and to register, please see English/Scottish: Occupations - Military and Services

Approximate contact hours to complete this course: 24