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Trace your Scottish ancestors with help from experts launching new talk series

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If you're looking to get in touch with your roots, a new series of virtual talks is designed to help people trace their Scottish ancestors.A total of six Zoom seminars will be presented by History Scotland, in conjunction with the National Records of Scotland and genealogy service Family Tree.Taking place between February 1 and March 1, the series will start with a seminar on making the most of Scottish high court records, which will explore crime records from the perspective of victims and witnesses.Following on February 8 will be a talk on exploring the Scottish Census, through which participants will find out how to get every last clue from the Scottish Census—including the newly-released 1921 Census.Next, on February 15, will be a seminar on how to find evidence to trace agricultural labourer or farmer ancestors.

The following talk, on February 17, will inform guests how to start building their tree with what they already have at home, as well as information on free genealogy resources for tracing Scots ancestors.The final two talks will be about Scottish DNA case studies and Scottish marriage records, and will be held on February 22 and March 1 respectively.

The former will look at different case studies to show what can be achieved when combining long-established research methodologies with DNA test results analysis, while the latter will present recent research on Scottish marriage records.The seminars will be hosted by six experts: Emma Maxwell, Chris Paton, Ken Nisbet, Alison Spring, Michelle Leonard, and Fergus Smith.

They will include Q&A sessions and each one will be recorded, allowing attendees to revisit them.Talks can be booked individually, or a season pass allowing access to all six can be purchased for

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