GenTraveling – Scotland


Hello GenTravelers!

Earlier this year in February, at the RootsTech conference, I attended a lecture by Tom Jones.  Although I remember the lecture being alright, what I remember more is the Q&A session afterward.  A lady raised her hand and explained that she had somewhat of a brick-wall.  She explain what research she had done to find her Scottish ancestors and asked Tom Jones what she should do next.  He said:

TRAVEL TO SCOTLAND! No, No, first, go and pick the brains of the research librarians on Floor B1 at the Family History Library, and THEN TRAVEL TO SCOTLAND!”

I, of course, thought it was good advice. :o)  So, on that Scottish theme…I would like to highlight a semi-new family history society in Scotland. In 2009 The Moray & Nairn Family History Society was established.  If any of you GenTravelers are planning a trip to northeastern Scotland, you may want to look into their resources and plan to visit.

In the September 2016 issue of The Scottish Genealogist [1], Stuart Farrell wrote an article about the Parish of Elgin Poor Registers 1845-1891. The article highlighted the vast amount of genealogical information that these records contain:

“They note in detail the change in circumstances of the person named, who had to have been born in Elgin or whose father or husband was,  and sometimes their family’s circumstances…Over 970 individuals are listed…”

Apparently, these Elgin Poor Registers are only one of many resources The Moray & Nairn Family History Society has to offer.  Here is their Library Catalog. Start planning that trip to Scotland!


So, are you planning your GenTraveling yet? Where do you plan to go? Be sure to share your GenTraveling Bucket list on our Bucket List Page.  GenTraveling: It’s the Real Deal Thrill!


[1] The Scottish Genealogist, is a Quarterly Journal of the Scottish Genealogy Society. The September 2016 issue is Vol. LXlll No. 3.

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