Scottish Genealogy Research Toolkit

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Your Scottish roots are calling! To answer, we’ve put together this list of the best genealogy websites and books you can put in your Scottish research toolkit.

Scottish Genealogy Websites

General Reference


Maps and Places

History and Culture

Scottish Genealogy Books

  • Clans and Families of Scotland: The History of the Scottish Tartan by Alexander Fulton (Book Sales, 1999)
  • Concise Scots Dictionary (Edinburg University Press, 2018)
  • A Dance Called America: The Scottish Highlands, the United States and Canada by James Hunter (Mainstream Publishing, 1995)
  • Discover Your Scottish Ancestry: Internet and Traditional Resources by Graham S. Holton (Edinburgh University Press, 2009)
  • The Family Tree Scottish Genealogy Guide by Amanda Epperson (Family Tree Books, 2018)
  • A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering Your Scottish Ancestors by Paul Milner and Linda Jonas (Betterway Books, 2002)
  • The Highland Clans by Alistair Moffat (Thames & Hudson, 2013)
  • The Highland Clearances, new edition by Eric Richards (Birlinn Ltd., 2016)
  • The Phillimore Atlas and Index of Parish Registers by Cecil R. Humphery-Smith (The History Press, 2003)
  • Reunion: A Search for Ancestors by Ryan Littrell (Self-published, 2012)
  • Rooted in Scotland: Getting to the Heart of Your Scottish Heritage by Cameron Taylor (Luath Press, 2014)
  • Scottish Ancestry: Research Methods for Family Historians by Sherry Irvine (Ancestry, 2003)
  • Scottish Genealogy, fourth edition by Bruce Durie (The History Press, 2018)
  • The Scottish Family Tree Detective: Tracing Your Ancestors in Scotland by Rosemary Bigwood (Manchester University Press, 2006)
  • The Surnames of Scotland: Their Origin, Meaning and History by George F. Black (Churchill & Dunn, 2015)
  • To the Ends of the Earth: Scotland’s Global Diaspora, 1750–2010 by T.M. Devine (Smithsonian Books, 2011)
  • Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians by Ian Maxwell (Pen and Sword, 2014)
  • Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry by Kathleen B. Cory (Genealogical Publishing Company, 2004)

Hungry for more Scottish genealogy resources? The new Family Tree Scottish Genealogy Guide by Amanda Epperson contains expert strategies for finding your Scottish immigrant ancestor and tracing him in the old country. Inside, you’ll learn how to find census returns, vital records and more on both sides of the Atlantic. The book also contains easy-to-understand guides to Scottish geography, history and naming patterns. is a participant in affiliate programs through Amazon and Genealogical Publishing Co. It provides a means for this site to earn advertising fees, by advertising and linking to affiliated websites.