Skills and Sources for Family and Local History in Scotland

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This module explores many of the sources that inform research about family and local history in Scotland.  It introduces the context of the local administrative and legal framework in Scotland and the functions of local authorities which generated these records. It helps you discover how these records can be used to pursue interests in local history and family history.

After an introduction to the network of archives in Scotland and the location of sources, the module will explore the use of the following sources for family and local history

  • Local administration records
  • Local financial and fiscal records
  • Local education, health and welfare records
  • Church and civil courts and police records
  • Deeds
  • Legal records relating to land, property and inheritance
  • Maps, plans, and other records of buildings, roads, ships and harbours
  • Trade and business records
  • Records of estates, families and clubs and societies

Number of credits

20 SCQF credits (10 ECTS credits) on Level 5, SHE M (SCQF 11)


Elspeth Reid