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Scottish Roots: A Step-by-Step Guide for Ancestor-Hunters Paperback – April 30, 1982

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Scottish Roots
By Alwin James

"An accessible, clearly written guide for genealogy buffs."

"An interesting and welcome addition to Scottish research."
-Genealogical Library Journal

"For pure reading pleasure, I'd recommend this book to anyone with the vaguest interest in Scottish genealogy. . . . If you are or know a Scotsman who is just getting started with a Scottish family tree, it's a must."
-Branches and Twigs

A country rich with family history, Scotland as a nation respects and preserves her past by preserving and housing hundreds of years of personal records. This book tells you just how to tap into that fund of information and services to trace your Scottish forebears.
Author Alwyn James describes the wealth of information available and tells you where to access it and how to make full use of the records. He provides a hands-on example to demonstrate how two Scots, who could only give details as far back as their grandparents, were able to build up a substantial family tree and discover their ancestral past.
James is married to a lovely Scottish lass, whose ancestry encouraged him to find their Highland roots. An editor of the business and politics magazine Scotland for many years, James has always been fascinated by genealogy.

Cover illustration: The Legend by G.P. Chalmers � National Gallery of Scotland

About the Author

Alwyn James is a Welshman whose wife's Scottish ancestry encouraged him to look for their Highland roots. An editor of the business and political magazine Scotland for many years, James is now a freelance writer.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing; 3rd edition (April 30, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882898027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882898025
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,787,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Whyte on November 30, 2004
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This rests an excellent basic book for those starting on their quest and has much good advice. It is also well written and easy to follow.

HOWEVER, it was written before most of the key Scottish documents (e.g. births, marriages, deaths, wills etc) became available for search on the internet. So it misses the new power of computer based research on these scottish document sites and advice on how best to do this. It also shows its pre-computer age in many other aspects.

No longer a good buy - unless you don't use a computer .
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