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Genealogy Know How

Some helpful instructions for those who are thinking about researching their family tree. How they go about it - where to start - where to find information - and what is available on this site.

Genealogy Records

Sections on each of the records which can be used to find out about our ancestors. What they contain - where to find them - and also a growing list of transcriptions from the records which have already been researched by others.

If you would like to add further transcribed records please contact me. 






Various sections here which will help the researcher. Lists on Clans, occupations, names, Clyde Shipwrecks, Pigot's 1837 Ayrshire Directory etc.

Old Maps

'A picture is worth a thousand words' so they say, unfortunately they tend to take up much more webspace than a thousand words. Nontheless there is a varied selection of maps from battles, to cities, to advances of British  across North America.


The 'Great Historical Families of Scotland' has been searched for all references to many names associated with Ayrshire. This provides an interesting backdrop to the county and its gentry - remembering that many of our ancestors would have been servants or employed by these families. There are many other historical articles with Ayrshire/Scottish content. If you have other related articles please submit them for inclusion.


The Amazon sites in the UK and America have been searched for books on Ayrshire and Scottish local history. Lists of the books found are contained here with links direct to the specific book on the Amazon site to allow you to order it direct from them. Also links to the W. H. Smith website. While some of these books might seem expensive, however, they won't make you take out a small business loan to buy them.


There  is an ever growing number of useful websites for the genealogist. I have several hundred links to websites covering many countries and many different types of sites from Family Tree Software to Immigrant lists etc. etc.  If you are aware of any other good sites that you feel others would benefit from then please contact us. Also a problem with links pages is 'dead links' where the site is no longer available at that web address.  Please notify us of any that you find and they will be removed.

Surname Database

A database of surnames and their family associations. This has been constructed from the total contents of Our Family Tree Maker file. This will be updated on a regular basis as new information is added. You are welcome to add your data by sending a gedcom to the webmaster (email address below)








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