British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa
British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa

Scotland Research Guide

A list of books and other resources to help with your research.
Guides to Scottish Research
Scottish Ancestry: Research Methods for Family Historians. Sherry Irvine.
Scottish Roots: the Step by Step Guide to Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors. Alwyn James.
Tracing Scottish Ancestors. Rosemary Bigwood.
Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry. Kathleen B. Cory.
A Century of the Scottish People 1830-1950. T. C. Smout.
Culloden. John Ross Prebble.
Discover Scotland’s History. A. D. Cameron.
Glencoe: the Story of the Massacre. John Ross Prebble.
The Highland Clearances. John Ross Prebble.
A History of the Scottish People 1560-1830. T. C. Smout.
The Lowland Clearances: Scotland’s Silent Revolution. Peter Aitchison and Andrew Cassell.
A Maritime History of Scotland 1650-1790. Eric J. Graham.

Mutiny: Highland Regiments in Revolt 1743-1804. John Ross Prebble.
A Short History of Scotland. R. L. Mackie and Gordon Donaldson (editors).
Local History
Aberdeen Before 1800: a New History, vol. 1. W. Hamish Fraser and Clive H. Lee (editors).

Aberdeen 1800-2000: a New History, vol. 2. E. Patricia Dennison, David Ditchburn and Michael Lynch (editors).
Argyll: the Enduring Heartland. Marion Campbell.
Life and Times in the Upper Tweed Valley. Andrew Lorimer and Margaret Railton.
Mull: the Island and its People. Jo Currie.
The Northern Isles: Orkney and Shetland. Alexander Fenton.
Ross and Cromarty: a Historical Guide. David Alston.
Scottish Local History: an Introductory Guide. David Moody.
This Noble Harbour: a History of the Cromarty Firth. Marinell Ash and edited by James Macauley and Margaret A. Mackay.

Emigration and Immigration
After the Hector: Scottish Pioneers of Nova Scotia and Cape Breton. Lucille Campey.
A Dictionary of Scottish Emigrants to Canada Before Confederation (4 volumes). Donald Whyte.
Indexes to Scottish Immigration to Canada 1870 to 1890. (5 binders). Donald McKenzie (comp.).
Lanark Society Settlers: Ships’ Lists of the Glasgow Emigration Society. Gerald J. Neville.
Les Ecossais: the Pioneer Scots of Lower Canada 1763-1855. Lucille Campey.
The Lochaber Emigrants to Glengarry. Rae Bruce Fleming (editor).
The Scottish Pioneers in Upper Canada 1784-1855: Glengarry and Beyond. Lucille Campey.

The Silver Chief: Lord Selkirk and the Scottish Pioneers of Belfast, Baldoon and Red River. Lucille Campey.
An Unstoppable Force: the Scottish Exodus to Canada. Lucille Campey.

A Very Fine Class of Immigrants: Prince Edward Island’s Scottish Pioneers 1770-1850. Lucille Campey.
With Axe and Bible: the Scottish Pioneers of New Brunswick 1784-1874. Lucille Campey.

The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Robert Bain.
Being Scottish: Personal Reflections on Scottish Identity Today. Various authors, Tom Devine (editor).

Combined Pigot’s Directory of Scotland 1825/6.
Larkhill Lanarkshire Monumental Inscriptions. Helen Grant and John H. Howarth.

Collins Encyclopedia of Scotland. John Keay and Julia Keay (editors).

Old Parochial Registers: County of Perth. Registrar General of Scotland.
  • Balquhidder. Film 001004
  • Kenmore. Film 001011
  • Blair Atholl & Strowan. Film 001007
  • Killin. Film 001012
  • Crieff. Film 001009
  • Logierait. Film 001013
  • Dull. Film 001006 & Film 001008
  • Tulliallan & Weem. Film 001014
  • Fortingall. Film 001010

Old Parochial Registers: County of Forfar. Registrar General of Scotland. Coupar Angus. Film 001005

This research aid was compiled from the collection in BIFHSGO’s former library. In 2016, we transferred our collection to the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society. More than 20 years of issues of our journal, Anglo-Celtic Roots, can be found on our website. Please respect copyright restrictions and cite your sources.