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P is for parish

In family history research you will often have to search for records at parish level. Looking at the OPRs (old parish registers) on ScotlandsPeople, for example, you can narrow your search by county and then by parish. Parishes in time In many parts of western Europe, the parish was originally the area round a church.  |  more…

K is for Kirk Session records

What are Kirk Session records? The kirk session is the local court of the presbyterian Church of Scotland. It is made up of: the minister (moderator or chair), the elders and a session clerk (the chief elder). Sometimes there was no session clerk, only a clerk who kept minutes. The records can include: minutes of  |  more…

Happy New Year – and some genealogy resolutions

Happy New Year for 2017. I hope it will be a healthy and fulfilling year for you with many new family history discoveries. I certainly have a few targets for 2017. They include: Developing my knowledge of genealogical sources in other European countries. I’ve done some work on Italy this year and have found it  |  more…

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