The Scotland's People website was down for a couple of hours this morning, to allow the team to update the site. They've made a number of improvements, or rather fixes, to the search engine. Arguably these should have been in place when the site was relaunched in September last year, but after having regular meetings with the team behind the site over the last 6 months, we're a little more understanding of the difficulties they faced than perhaps we were at the time.
The announcement of the fixes reveals that two of the biggest grips Scottish genealogists have had with the new website have at least been fixed:
Another consequence of the multiple results for the same marriage is that sorting the search results by "spouse surname" doesn't quite behave as you might expect. We've not done enough testing on the new interface to be sure, but the new system appears to group all results for the same marriage together.
These are however minor quibbles. The changes introduced are a major improvement to search functionality, and we'd like to thank the team at NRS for their hard work in fixing bugs.
As part of our research we provide transcriptions, they are included in our reports and also as part of our family tree packages. This past year we have transcribed 1000's of Birth Deaths and Marriages alone. These can be provided in a format to match the dimensions of the original records we have used in our research or in narrative form. They are arranged according to your requirements, perhaps by date or by name and included in our family tree and ancestral line packages and bespoke historical reports. The file below is an example of an appendix of transcriptions for an all line pedigree research package carried out one morning last week.
Can you research my Scottish family tree?
For over a decade I have been providing family tree research in Scotland. Outwith my work as a professionally qualified Genealogist as I go around my daily and social activities here in Perthshire I often get asked what I do for a living?
‘’I am a qualified genealogist’’ provokes a variety of interested and interesting responses which can be summarised as follows;
‘’I would love to research my family tree like on Who Do You Think You Are, can you do this’’
‘’ I have been online and tried to research my Scottish family tree but there is not much to see on Ancestry and I tried searching online Scotland’s People but couldn’t see my Grandmother’s marriage, there were too many Stewarts. Can you help me?’’
‘’What is a Genealogist?’’
Taking the last question first… I answer
‘’I trace Scottish family trees and descendants using a variety of public and private records available online and in archives. I advise upon and undertake bespoke historical research for my clients.’’
These conversations outwith work take place outside the school gates/nursery, at parties, at the pub, on aeroplanes, at church and in my local community and so on. ‘’Yes I could research or help you to research your Scottish family tree’’ is my response and over the past decade I have lost count of the number of family trees I have provided for friends or friends of friends. They don't have hundreds of pounds to spend on professional research of their Scottish family tree, don’t have the time to do this themselves or are living too far away from Edinburgh/Glasgow/Hawick/Inverness to access Scotland’s People to do this at a reasonable cost.
There must be a way to make fully documented and evidenced professional Scottish family tree research available. In April last year we formed OldScottish.com with the purpose of making Genealogy and Family History Research more accessible. Your Family Tree Research is now more affordable as over the past 9 months we have been researching and developing a number of introductory services to do this. We are extremely excited to launch a selection of Introductory Scottish Family Tree Packages to celebrate Homecoming 2014.
Find out more about our Homecoming 2014 special offers here.
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