You are worth your weight in Laphroaig and dark chocolate!!  I can't believe you found those baptisms - I really wasn't holding out much hope. Thank you once again - I haven't stopped smiling yet. My husband says he will toast you tonight with a large dram of 10 year Laphroaig (duty free)!

Ruth Blair, VancouverBritish ColumbiaCanada


That was definitely an entertaining read!!

 Scott FleckNova ScotiaCanada


I was immediately impressed with your accessability, and your prompt and detailed responses to my questions.  Within an hour or two of each message sent off, you would respond with helpful information, and I really enjoyed reading the information you unearthed for me.

 Michael McQuary, Washington StateUSA


Thanks for everything so far.  I've enjoyed hearing from you.  Your reports are intelligent and informative – a rare combination today when most people seem to have forgotten how to write!

 Carol FritzAlabamaUSA


The package arrived on Christmas Eve and was a great hit with my nephews who are interested in their forbears. They were fascinated when I handed them the folder and said, “this is your family tree on your Playfair side, and you're in it!”  Two hours later and all I'd heard was “look, we were here, and we were there, and I didn't know....?!” – it was great!

Susan Playfair, Cairo, Egypt

A wonderful research team, leaving no stone unturned.  I recommend them highly to anyone who is looking for family in Scotland.  Some things have been answered and as in Genealogy, some new questions have arisen. It's what makes this adventure so much fun.

 Maureen Marella, Las Vegas

Archival Sources

I am able to access most archives and genealogy centres on the Scottish mainland. The primary resources for basic family tree research will usually be either the Glasgow Genealogy Centre at Glasgow's Mitchell Library, or the ScotlandsPeople Centre on Princes Street, Edinburgh, for Scottish research, or the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland for Northern Irish based enquiries (see below). 

Scotland has a wonderful series of archives for adding more flesh to the lives of those identified in our trees, but which also hold many important records that might help break down a brick wall when the vital records fail. The primary archives include the National Records of Scotland in Edinburgh, Glasgow City Archives at the Mitchell Library, and many other county based archives across the country, such as the magnificent Burns Monument Centre at Kilmarnock. In addition there are specialist collections at libraries across Scotland (including the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh and Glasgow University Archives Services). 

Beyond the basic vital records and censuses, useful resources also include land records (sasines and rental records), inheritance records (testaments, Services of Heirs), nonconformist church records (mostly not online), newspapers, directories, court papers, and considerably more.

Sometimes the relevant records will take a wee bit more digging around to find. I have researched for clients in all manner of repositories, from small museums and chartered accounts' offices to family history society libraries and old farms. If access can be gained, research can be carried out...


Irish and English Research

 I am equally able to carry out Irish or English research on your behalf. For Northern Irish research I regularly travel to Belfast from the west of Scotland, to visit the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland's national archive, and the General Register Office for Northern Ireland, for the same costs as a trip to Edinburgh. Some research for the Republic of Ireland can also be carried out.

The methodology for English research is very different to that for Scottish research, requiring the ordering of various certificates by post, and will hence take much longer to research, but can also be done.  
Please contact me to discuss your requirements.