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New Genealogy Guides for England and Scotland

from on May 2, 2008:

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH—FamilySearch announced today the release of two new free research tools that will help those with British and Scottish roots to find their ancestors. The research guides, Finding Records of Your Ancestors, England, and Finding Records of Your Ancestors, Scotland feature easy-to-follow instructions, colorful graphics, and removable worksheets. Free copies can be viewed, downloaded, or printed online at

The guides will help take the guesswork out of British and Scottish genealogical research by simplifying the process and giving users a specific, proven strategy to use. In an inviting workbook style, the guides show users which records to search, what to look for, and what tools to use. The steps and tools needed to navigate British and Scottish historical records to find ancestors are colorfully outlined.

Finding Records of Your Ancestors, England and Finding Records of Your Ancestors, Scotland, are the latest additions to the popular series of free online publications. The guides are designed for those who have already gathered some family history information about their British or Scottish ancestors and are ready to search public and private records—they are must-have reference tools for researchers of British or Scottish genealogy.

The guides explain different types of records in England and Scotland and instruct the user when and how to use specific records. Real-life case studies allow readers to see for themselves how the research process works. Expert search tips, including tips on how to use the Family History Library Catalog, are included. Also included are maps, key dates in British and Scottish histories, and guides for reading respective genealogical records.

Other guides in the Finding Records of Your Ancestors series include African American, Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Italy, Jewish, Mexico, Norway, and Sweden.

FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization that maintains the world's largest repository of genealogical resources. Patrons may access resources online at or through the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and over 4,500 family history centers in 70 countries. FamilySearch is a trademark of Intellectual Reserve, Inc. and is registered in the United States of America and other countries.


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Your hotlinks to:
Finding Records of Your Ancestors, England and Finding Records of Your Ancestors, Scotland don't seem to be least on my system...??

Ken, they link directly to large .pdf files. Give them some time....

How can I find the Finding Records of Your Ancestors, Italy and be able to look at it?

Hi Mary, you can use this link to find a guide for research in Italy For other countries, go to the FamilySearch home page and select the Search tab. On the menu, select Research Helps and view the huge list of available guides, hints, etc... all organized by Geographic location.

Since my people left Scotland during the 1840s, that's no help for me. Or is it?

It would be great to have an Irish Guide. It seems to be one of the toughest nationalities to trace, especially if the family line is Catholic.

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