Foundations of Scottish Genealogy 1 of 12: The Top 3 Resources

Dr. Bruce Durie
May 3, 2019
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Speaker's Introduction
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Always Check the Original
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Sources for Genealogy
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Marriage Before 1834
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Catholic Parish Registers
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Coats of Arms
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Announcements / prizes
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Questions / answers
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About this webinar

Finding your Scottish ancestors is impossible without the vast and essential resources of ScotlandsPeople, ScotlandsPlaces and the National Library of Scotland. This introductory session will show participants how to register for and access these resources, and exactly what is and is not free to search and/or download. This class, an essential prerequisite for the others following, provides the foundation for this exclusive 12-part series of Scottish genealogy taught by one of Scotland's top genealogists, Dr. Bruce Durie.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Dr. Bruce Durie is considered one of Scotland’s top genealogists, with an international reputation. He is perhaps best known for his eight-year BBC radio series, “Digging Up Your Roots” and “A House with A Past”, and he has authored over 30 books,
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  1. Legacy Family Tree
    5 years ago


    Great info. Enjoyed & will use.

    great info-next stop Scotland’s People! And of course listening to next 5 webinar’s!

    Great introduction to the series. Very engaging and informative. Bruce is an absolute legend! Many thanks.

    Great stuff; great start!

    Great! I missed first half but know I can watch it later. Looking forward to the rest of the series. He is funny! 🙂

    Great. Speaker really knowledgeable!

    Have not done a lot of Scottish research because I wasn’t sure where to start. This has been very informative and I will certainly be back on the 7th to do the next one. My husband and I both have ancestry in Scotland and of course
    visiting there is high on our bucket list. Thank you Bruce for sharing your wealth of knowledge.

    He was an absolutely excellent speaker! So knowledgeable and friendly. Thank you for sharing with us!

    I am really looking forward to this series from Dr. Durie—he is such a good teacher, and very enjoyable also!

    I loved Bruce’s presentation. He is so open to sharing his knowledge, he makes it easy & interesting to follow. So looking forward to the rest of the series! 🙂

    I loved this webinar. I am adopted but recently found my maternal birth family.

    Informative and entertaining!

    informative for future webinars in series

    Interesting overview on a useful topic, and easy to follow.

    It was great. Very excited about the rest of the classes. Thank you!

    Learned a lot, thanks.

    Liked the broad sweep of webinar, anticipating the rest of the series

    Looking forward to the entire series!

    Looking forward to the rest!!!!!

    Looking forward to the series!

    Looking forward to viewing the whole series.

    Lots of good information and grateful for chance to ask a question

    Love Dr Durie

    Loved it! Can’t wait to see and hear all twelve.

    Lovely speaking voice

    Nice coverage of free information available.

    Outstanding presentation and excellent content!


    Perfectly delightful and knowledgeable lecturer. Very helpful webinar.

    Pretty good overview

    Scotland with Bruce D.

    So much information given. Wow!

    So much information referenced! I look forward to a deeper diver in each of these areas through the remaining webinars in the series.

    So wonderful! Thank you so much for this series!

    The speaker was amazingly knowledgeable about genealogy. He was also quite funny. This was very helpful, thank you.

    This introductory webinar created several questions which I am looking forward to finding the answers too in the upcoming webinars in this series.

    This is the first webinar I have heard. I enjoyed it. How can I get the pdf of today’s webinar?

    This seminar ignited hope in me that I will be able to find more about my 5G grandfather who came to America from Scotland about 1735

    This was a helpful overview. I especially appreciated hearing the presenter decipher the script and semantics of old records.

    Totally interesting! So, possibly my Scottish ancestors came from Ireland! So much to learn.

    Truly fantastic. Might I suggest that you have a webinar of just question and answers with Dr. Drurie;-)))))

    Very good. I will watch in full at a later date.

    Very knowledgable, and entertaining to listen to! I look forward to hearing more from him.

    Wonderful introduction to Scottish records!

    Wonderful speaker for this topic. I really appreciate having a native of the area present rather than a lecture from a researchers.

  2. Legacy Family Tree
    5 years ago

    Absolutely brilliant!

    Bruce’s knowledge is overwhelming

    Absolutely incredible!

    Amazing and helpful presenter! June 7 is on my calendar!

    Awesome, will be studying the next 5 webinars. Thank you for making this series available.

    Beautiful examples, intelligent and humorous presenter – doesn’t get any better than this!

    Bruce is extremely interesting. Could listen to him for hours more. Seminar is so useful that I’m going to sign up for membership!

    Cannot wait till watch the webinars.

    Dr. Durie was a pleasure to listen to – and so knowledgeable!

    Enjoyed Bruce’s style and presentation very much. It was a teaser though to the next webinars in the series, so I’m looking forward even more to those.

    Enjoyed him very much!

    enjoyed refreshing memory of the various Scottish sources and their peculiar take on wills and other records. Look for to using my new knowledge to get back to Scottish research. Thank you

    Entertaining as well as informative; great delivery!


    Excellent as always! Thanks!

    Excellent detail for a summary. Particularly blessed as I won the 6 webinar door prize. Thank you very, very much. Robert

    Excellent presentation, Very understandable as Bruce goes slowly and has very good slides. He is quite humorous also.

    excellent so helpful

    Excellent speaker

    Excellent! Very informative.


    Excellent, do a lot of research in Scotland, much valuable information

    Excellent. Informative and entertaining at the same time.

    Fab, I won’t miss any of his webinars

    Fabulous. Clear, distinct instruction on how and where to find the records we need to trace our ancestors. Thank you for getting Bruce to provide this series to us

    Fantastic information! I look forward to the rest of the webinars. Many thanks from Rusnack, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

    Fantastic webinar and the series looks very interesting a will be viewing all of the webinars.

    Fascination. Great info. looking forward to the next 11 episodes


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