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Planning a Research Trip to Scotland
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Traveling to your ancestor’s hometown can be exciting and scary! The possibility of breaking brick walls, finding never-before-seen records, and walking in your ancestor’s footsteps is beyond exciting. But if you haven’t traveled internationally or aren’t sure where to start, planning such an adventure can be overwhelming.

In this course we will explore what you need to do in order to plan and execute your ancestral travel to Scotland. We will discuss how to prepare for your trip and plan for research, and repositories you will want to visit.

Course Content

Module 1

Getting Started
An Introduction to Scottish History
Planning Your Trip
• Passport
• Packing
• Money
Getting There
• The Flight
• Customs
In Scotland
• Accommodations
• Food
• Getting Around
• Sightseeing
Ready to Go!
Researching in Scotland
• ScotlandsPeople Centre
• Scottish Research Basics
• More to Know
• After Your Day of Research

Module 2
Scottish Archives
What is an Archive?
• Searching for Collections
• Narrowing Your Search
National Records of Scotland – ScotlandsPeople Centre
• Things to Know
Local Scottish Archives

Module 3
Genealogy Societies
Scottish Genealogy Society
Scottish Association of Family History Societies
Scottish Association of Family History Societies Members

Module 4
Searching Collections
• National Library of Scotland
• Mitchell Library
• Glasgow Women’s Library
• Edinburgh Central Library
• Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Library & Special Collections
• Scottish Borders Council Libraries
• Library of Innerpeffray
University Libraries
Getting There
• The Flight
• Customs

Module 5
Creating a Research Plan
A Genealogy Research Plan

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