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Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors

by Familia Ulster Genealogical Review: No. 07, 1991


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by John Andrew Oliver

"I can recommend this handbook unreservedly to anyone interested in public records or in Scottish family history and in particular to anyone interested in both. This fine book touches so closely on the work which occupied much of my time and energies during the 1980s that I must declare a sort of special interest.

I believe I must review it first subjectively in the setting of my own concerns and then more objectively for the guidance of all readers of Familia. In the 1960s and 1970s I worked on the history of my family in County London­derry and of their Ulster-Scot Presbyterian friends and neighbours.

Allowing for all the well-known difficulties and shortcomings I managed to sketch the back­ground of my people as far back as the early 1600s in the Limavady-Magilligan­ Coleraine area. Then in the 1980s I decided to complete the task - as I imagined - by tracing my people back further to their undoubted origins in Southern Scotland."

This article combines a review of the book Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors with some relevant personal experiences from the author.