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Five resources to find your Scottish ancestors for free on Ancestry

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Find your Scottish ancestors without paying with our guide to making the most of the free collections on the Ancestry genealogy website.

The number of online resources for tracing your Scottish ancestors can be overwhelming so it makes sense to explore all free of charge options before deciding where and how much money to spend on your genealogy research.

The Ancestry website is home to hundreds of free records for anyone looking for Scottish ancestors. Here’s a round-up of some of the most useful resources:

1. Gravestone Photograph Index, 1265-2014

Explore eight centuries of gravestone photographs in this Ancestry-hosted database published by the Gravestone Photographic Resource. More than 110,000 Scottish names from almost 200 cemeteries have been recorded by volunteers so far, with new names added regularly.

2. World War I and II Rolls of Honour (engineers)

A collection list of members of the Institution of Engineering and Technology who died in the two World Wars, with biographical sketches. Details can include education, work history and family information.

3. Crew lists, Glasgow (1863-1901)

Find a maritime ancestor in these crew lists which detail ships and crew landing at Glasgow’s ports on eleven ships:

  • Bornu
  • Russia
  • Scythia
  • Pride of England
  • Gulf of Lions
  • Parthia
  • Hispania
  • Galoon
  • Clydesdale
  • Persia
  • Cherokee

Details include name, date and place of discharge, wage, birthplace, birth year, nationality, ship last served on and date of joining the ship.

4. Scots in the West Indies, 1707-1857

Explore Scots serving in the West Indies with David Dobson’s Scots in the West Indies publication which brings together information from newspapers, journals, family records and burgess rolls. If you’re lucky enough to find an ancestor here you could find out the person’s occupation, father’s name, name of spouse, place of birth, year of death and place of death.

5. British Postal Service Appointment Books (1737-1969)

These books are indexes to the Postmaster General’s minute books and record when a person started work at the Post Office, or moved into a different job roll. If you find an ancestor named here you should also be able to find out the date of their appointment and the location where they worked.

MORE: Top tips for tracing Scottish ancestors

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