Tuesday, 13 October 2009

My first blog

Well hello, whoever you are. I must admit to being slightly, well very, apprehensive about “blogging”. This is a completely new experience so please bear with me as I get used to this phenomenon that has taken over the world. A friend has encouraged me to “blog” about our business for some time, he thinks it’s a good way to keep everybody up-to-date with our new projects.

I think I should start by explaining what we do. We are genealogists who particularly focus on Scotland. We can trace either an entire family tree or just help you with a specific problem area so you can carry on your research yourself. Our major project over the last few years has been to transcribe and index the census for the Scottish Borders and Dumfriesshire. We sell the census in book form and they start at just £3.99 so it’s a very cost effective way to trace your family tree.

One of the main requests we receive is to locate the house mentioned in the census on either modern day or historical maps. This can be time consuming if you are only looking for one house at a time. The reason for this is because enumerators did not always go round the parish in order or in the same order from year to year. Streets where very rarely numbered even when they where numbered in the census they are not necessarily the same numbers as they have today. The solution? We are mapping the whole census that we have transcribed.

The purpose of this blog is to keep you up-to-date with the project as it progresses and if you have any questions or requests to map a house that we have not got to yet then just add a comment and I shall see what I can do.

So far mapped is:

1841, 1851 & 1861



Roxburghshire parishes of Roberton, Ashkirk & Ladhope (The town of Galashiels is complete, both the Selkirkshire and the Roxburghshire part)

Also, parts of 1851 Lanarkshire.


  1. Welcome to the genealogy blogosphere! I'm looking forward to your posts and information for researchers with roots in Scotland.

  2. Hi
    Came across your new blog today.I too have started a new Scottish Genealogy blog (http://scotlandsgenealogy.blogspot.com/ )
    in August and I am learning something new everyday.Good luck and will follow the blog with interest

  3. Nice to see you in the blogging world Emma! Good luck - you'll find it horribly addictive after a while...!


    PS: Don't forget Twitter also...! :)