Click to search the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library Skip Navigation

Scottish Genealogy - Finding People and Finding Places


Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 12 - 1:15 p.m.

Program Locations:

First come, first served

You CANNOT do Scottish Genealogy properly from, FamilySearch, FindMyPast, MyHeritage etc.

WHY? Because they just don’t have the records 

Surname distributions can be a vital clue as to ancestral origins and to where records may exist.

And yet Scotland has the longest-reaching, best-preserved and most accessible records on the planet. Where are they? How to access them? What do they contain? How to use them?

  • “What’s where?” – Sources and methods
  • “What’s on Scotland’s People?” – a guide to Censuses 1841-1911, BMD post-1855, Baptism, Marriage and Burial 1560s-1854, Catholic BMD etc. records and more
  • “What’s on Scotland’s Places?” More than just places! People too. Tax rolls, geographical data and more. Plus an intro to where to get free maps of Scotland from the 1500s to the present day
  • “When is a will not a will, what is a testament, and where did the house and land go?”

All these questions and more will be addressed in this wide-ranging talk, also covering Inheritance, Maps, and much more besides.

A handout will be provided.

Dr. Bruce Durie BSc(Hons) PhD OMLJ FSAScot FCollT FIGRS FHEA QG is considered one of Scotland's top genealogists, with an international reputation in researching, lecturing, writing and broadcasting. He founded the much-acclaimed post-graduate program in Genealogical Studies at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, up to Masters level, which he headed for six years as Course Director

A member of the prestigious Académie Internationale de Généalogie he is Shennachie (Genealogist and Historian) to the Chief of Durie, and Shennachie to COSCA (Council of Scottish Clans and Associations). In 2016 he was the Fulbright Senior Scottish Studies Scholar, and was appointed with Right of Audience at the Court of the Lord Lyon King of Arms of Scotland. More info at

More Info

  • Audience: Adults

Chat with a librarian now

Keep Up With NYPL Events

Subscribe to our newsletters:

NYPL Programs

NYPL Family Programs

Programs for educators:

Teaching & Learning