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These items were originally published between August 2012 and Feb 2013.

Some of the items are a bit dated but the links and content is still relevant to Scottish research.

Canadian Military sources

I've just come across a list of Canadian military sources that may assist those of us who are researching Canadian family.

A number of my SWAN family from Glasgow migrated to Ontario Canada in the early 1900s, some early enough to enlist for WW1.I notice there are a good number of free sites (at present?) and links to FMP and other pay sites.When I get the chance to look in depth later this weekend I'll let you know if I have any successes.

New Scottish wills to be available

Announcement that hundreds of thousands of new wills from 1902 to 1925 will shortly be available on ScotlandsPeople website.

The family history website,, celebrates its tenth birthday in September 2012. Officially launched in mid-September 2002, ScotlandsPeople was one of the first genealogy sites to arrive on the web. The site now contains over 90 million digital records and corresponding images, and adds new sets of fully-searchable historical records on a regular basis.With over one million registered users from across the world, the website remains the biggest online resource for Scottish census, birth, marriage and death records. The website has evolved through a decade of huge technological growth and in a time where interest in genealogy has soared.

Chris van der Kuyl, the CEO of brightsolid, the company that enables ScotlandsPeople for the National Records of Scotland, said:

ScotlandsPeople was our first ever family history website, and our partnership with the National Records of Scotland has undoubtedly enabled brightsolid to expand our business to become one of the world's leading publishers of online genealogy. When the Scotlandspeople website was launched back in 2002, we were truly leading the way, offering a unique online product for family historians. We are immensely proud of how ScotlandsPeople has evolved over the last decade. We continue to add exciting new data sets and innovative search techniques to the site, making family history research easier and more accessible around the globe.

George MacKenzie, Registrar General and the Keeper at the National Records of Scotland, said:

ScotlandsPeople has gone from strength to strength since its launch ten years ago. I am delighted that in our special birthday year we'll be enhancing this very popular resource for Scottish family history by adding hundreds of thousands of new wills from 1902 to 1925.

With this latest addition of records, researchers can now access 1 million Scottish Wills & Testaments, covering the period 1513 to 1925.The new records, 392,595 in total, document the last wishes of 267,548 individuals who lived and died in Scotland between 1902 and 1925. The collection also includes the wills of Scots who died outside Scotland, but still had assets in the country. As inventories of moveable estate (savings, cash, furniture, stock, etc) are also included, you can discover the fine details of people's worldly possessions during this era.

ScotlandsPeople can be accessed at   and is available to WAGS members on the computers in the WAGS Library on a "pay to use" basis.

A reminder that ScotlandsPeople is available at the WAGS Library on a "pay to use" basis.

Scottish Wills, Testaments and Land Records webinar

A very interesting webinar is available as shown below.Scottish Wills, Testiments and Land Records webinarLegacy Family Tree News advise a webinar from Marie Dougan looking at Scottish Wills, Testaments and Land Records was available online for a short time free of charge at:

It runs for 90 minutes but worth it if you can. It will be available to purchase via the same web address.

The Glasgow Necropolis

Of particular interest to Scottish researchers, the Glasgow Necropolis CD has been installed onto a Computer in the WAGS Library for our members to access.

glasgow necropolis

Image from website of The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis

There are over 7000 photos relating to more than 4,600 grave stones, some of which have data on multiple sides to the monument. Transcribed and drawn up location maps show where to find your ancestors place of rest. There are 22 sections in the Cemetery and the CD has maps outlining the stone number sequence for each section. There is a surname searchable program.

This resource has been purchased by a joint initiative from the Librarian and the WAGS Scottish SIG.

Ian Scott

WAGS Scottish Special Interest Group