Scotland's People update
We've written before about the revamped Scotland's People site, and some of the problems and bugs we found. (See for instance here, here, here and here.) Over the last few months, the staff at the National Records of Scotland and their contractor have been working to resolve the various problems, posting regular updates on their progress.
Over the weekend, we noticed for the first time that one of our particular bugbears has been fixed. When the site first relaunched, the default file names for images were simply date stamps - not very helpful if like us you download large numbers of images. Now when you save an image, the file name defaults to a useful name that incorporates the reference number for the record, making it much easier to keep track of your images.
To clarify this, one image we bought over the weekend for a client was automatically given the following filename:
Using this filename, you can identify the following information:
It's always important to remember, though, that not all records are available online. We've published hundreds of thousands of Scottish records not on Scotland's People, and visit the National Records of Scotland regularly. If you're looking for information in these offline records, why not ask if we can help?
I'm looking for Hugh Scott a dairy Farmer from the Thornhill area of Scotland, near Dumfries. He migrated with his wife, daughter, new son in law and maybe, a baby. The way I understand the reason he gave up the dairy farm was, a bad case of Mad Cow diease had swept through Europe reaching Scotland in or near 1870+ and Hugh didn't think the dairy business would ever recover. At the same time, he heard wonderious stories of those who had found their fortunes in Canada and the U.S. I know my family history going forward from the farm but, I would appreciate any hints or tips on looking for the farm records and finding my Scott family line going backwards from Hugh and his wife. Hugh did very well once he and his family moved from Canada to the U.S. they bought another farm and discovered it sat on a rich vien of coal. Future generations included Senators, Judges, Doctors and teachers. His family thrived. Now, I hope to find out more of where we came from. Thank you.
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