Useful Links

This is a list of links to places on the Internet which we hope will help in your Family History research. It is very much a work in progress and we invite members to suggest additions.

The links have been divided into groups. Click on one of the following headings to go to that group.

General
General – Scotland
Tay Valley
Angus
Dundee
Fife
Perth & Kinross
Scottish and UK National Archives and Libraries
Local Archives, Museums and Libraries
Maritime History
Navy, Army and Air Force
War memorials, Rolls of Honour and Rolls of Service
Film, video, photo and audio archives
Australia and its States
Canada and its Provinces
India
Ireland
New Zealand
South Africa
USA
Genealogical Databases
Miscellaneous
Visitor Information

 

General

The National Archives research guides to uncovering a person's history. Each guide tells how to find, access and understand the relevant records. 
GENUKI - genealogical information service for the UK and Ireland
BBC Family History pages
Cyndi's List - a comprehensive list of world genealogy sites.
Mary's Genealogy Treasures - another list of world genealogy sites, but with a Canadian bias.
The Workhouse provides extensive information on the Poor Laws, almshouses, poorhouses and workhouses throughout the British Isles.
An Index to Digitised British and Irish Newspapers Online

General – Scotland

ScotlandsPeople The official Scottish genealogy resource
ScotlandsPeople Centre A guide to visiting the search rooms at Genral Register House and New Register House.
ScotlandsPlaces A great place to start if you want to find where a place is in Scotland.
The "Old" and "New" Statistical Accounts of Scotland are reports produced by parish ministers in the time periods of 1791-99 and 1834-45 respectively. The old accounts are not arranged in geographical order, but the new accounts are and the volumes covering the Tay Valley counties can also be viewed (and can be downloaded) at Archive.org: 
.              Vol 9 Fife and Kinross;              Vol 10 Perth;              Vol 11 Forfar and Kincardine.
A Little History of registration and the census in Scotland from GROS (pdf file)
The Scottish Way of Birth and Death from the University of Glasgow
SAFHS Member Family History Societies
Scotlands Family. Links to free on-line data and information in diverse Scottish family history records.
Your Scottish Ancestors Traced. Records and sources of information for researching family history and ancestry in Scotland
Ancestral Scotland has visitor information as well as some family history research advice. If you subscribe to their free email Newsletter, you can get 10 ScotlandsPeople credits.
Electric Scotland - a very large educational and research site about the history of Scotland and the Scots.
The Scottish Register of Tartans
Scottish Newspapers online - a list of links to sites where you can catch up with the latest news in communities all over Scotland.

Tay Valley

Abertay Historical Society
TAMH: Tayside, A Maritime History

Angus

Angus Heritage (Tayroots)
The Angus Surnames List
Arbroath Timeline
Auchmithie Roots Forum
Brechin, The Ancient City
Carmyllie Heritage Society
Carnoustie community website
Kinnettles Heritage Group
Monikie (and more)
Montrose Basin Heritage Society
The Montrose Society
The 'D&A Joint' – views of stations and trains on the Dundee and Arbroath railway.
Malcolm McCrow’s Tayside Today photographs of Dundee and Angus.

Angus & Kincardineshire records and other sources for genealogists and family historians including a list of links to records fot the Parishes of Angus

Dundee

Bygone Dundee
The Nine Trades of Dundee
Sons of the Mars
Dundee Orphanage and Carolina House Trust - a brief history of Scotland's oldest children's charity
Dundee Throughout The Years (videos of old, and not so old, Dundee)
Dundee in the 1950s & 60s
Tombs of the Dundee Howff has photographs (plus inscriptions) of gravestones in the Howff and some other Dundee graveyards. Also included are inscriptions for the "New Howff" cemetery which was where the Bell Street multi-storey car park is now.
The Friends of Dundee City Archives
Dundee Heritage Trust for RRS Discovery and Verdant Works.
The Online Collections Database of Dundee Heritage Trust is a catalogue of the Trust's holdings and has photographs and videos of many of the items in the collection.
Frigate Unicorn
North Carr Lightship, Victoria Dock, Dundee
Sreetwise. A site from Leisure and Culture Dundee providing the derivation of the names of streets, parks and other places in the city.
Photopolis. Old Dundee in photographs.
Photos of Dundee in the Eighties.
The Dundee Tenement – photoraphs mostly taken in the 1980s.
The 'D&A Joint' – views of stations and trains on the Dundee and Arbroath railway.
Malcolm McCrow’s Tayside Today photographs of Dundee and Angus.

Fife

Fife Family History Society
Newburgh History Society
Newport, Wormit & Forgan Archive
St Andrews
Strathkinness village website.
Your Scottish Ancestors Traced website has two links for Fife - 1861 census indexes and Carnbee Kirkyard
Fife Mining Heritage Society
Fife Pits
Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther

Perth & Kinross

Perth & Kinross Heritage Trust
Family History in the Parish of Blair Atholl
Dunning Parish Historical Society
Comrie Community Website
Killin Web Site
Kenmore and Breadalbane Community Website
North Perthshire Family History Group
Highland Perthshire News & Comment - the newsmagazine of Scotland's geographical heartland. (Replaces Comment online)

Scottish and UK National Archives and Libraries

The National Archives of Scotland (NAS)
NAS online public catalogue - click on "Search"
The National Library of Scotland digital resources
National Library of Scotland on Internet Archive
The 'Old' and 'New' Statistical Accounts of Scotland
The National Archives (UK)

Local Archives, Museums and Libraries

Angus Archives. Before visiting, check Opening Times.
Angus Museums
Dundee City Archives. Before visiting, check Opening Times.
Dundee Local History Centre in Central Library. Before visiting, check Opening Times.
The McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum
Dundee University Archives. Before visiting, check Opening Times.
Fife Council Libraries and Archives. Before visiting the Archives, check Opening Times.
Fife Council Museums and Galleries
Newport Library and Heritage Centre
Perth & Kinross Council Archive. Before visiting, check A.K.Bell Library Opening Times.
Family History at Perth & Kinross Council Archive
Perth & Kinross Council Museums and Galleries
Stirling Council Archives hold records from former parts of south-west Perthshire which now fall under Stirling Council

Maritime History

Royal Museums Greenwich include the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory Greenwich, the Queen's House and the Cutty Sark.
The National Maritime Museum has a Maritime Memorials database containing records of over 5000 church, cemetery and public memorials to seafarers and victims of maritime disasters.
TAMH: Tayside, A Maritime History
Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther
Maritime History Archive, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Navy, Army and Air Force

Some links to help you find out about ancestors who served in the forces of Commonwealth countries and the USA.

UK

The National Archives guide to Navy Records
The National Archives guide to Army Records
The National Archives guide to Air Force Records
Suriving service records for years up to about 1920 are available on subscription sites findmypast.co.uk, Ancestry.co.uk and Forces War Records.
Service records dating from the early 1920s are held by the Ministry of Defence
The Asplin Military History Resources site has various materials and information that may be of interest to the Victorian military historian and researcher.
The Long, Long Trail - British Army WW1 soldier research and battlefield tour guidance.
Naval-History.net
The Military Badges Web Site. If you have a photograph of a person in uniform, this site may help you to find the unit to which they belonged.
Just Medals This is a shop, but has full size images of many UK medals.

Australia

Australian War Memorial Nominal Rolls list the names of those who served in Australia's defence forces
National Archives of Australia Service records

Canada

Soldiers of the First World War – CEF
Second World War Service Files: Canadian Armed Forces War Dead, 1939-1947
Service Files of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1910-1941

New Zealand

Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database was started primarily as a roll of honour of those who died as a result of war service. Now it includes many personnel who have died since war service. Almost all of those who served in WW1 are included.

USA

US military records can be found on subscription sites Ancestry.com, findmypast.comfamilyrelatives.com and Fold3.

War memorials, Rolls of Honour and Rolls of Service

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Scottish National War Memorial
The Armed Forces Memorial Roll of Honour is dedicated to members of the UK armed forces (Regular and Reserves) killed on duty, or as a result of terrorist action, since World War 2.
The Scottish War Graves Project
The Scottish War Memorials Project - Dundee & Angus War Memorials List
The Scottish War Memorials Project - Fife War Memorials List
The Scottish War Memorials Project - Perth & Kinross War Memorials List
Australian War Memorial Rolls of Honour record the details of those who died while serving.
RAAF Casualty Database

Canadian Virtual War Memorial (CVWM)
Canadian Great War Project
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database

A number of World War I Rolls of Honour have been scanned and made available at Archive.org. Those with a connection to Tay Valley (including national companies with local branches) are listed below. Most of these have been contributed to Archive.org by the National Library of Scotland. The documents can be viewed online or they can be downloaded in different formats.

Arbroath and District 1914-1919 Roll of Honour - view online or download.
Burgh and Parish of Auchterarder 1914-1919 Roll of Honour and Roll of Service - view online or download.
Carnoustie and District Roll of Honour listing those from Carnoustie and District serving in 1914-15 - view online or download.
Royal Burgh and Parish of Kinghorn 1914-1919 Roll of Honour and Roll of Service - view online or download.
Parish of Scone 1914-1918 Roll of Honour - view online or download.
Parish of Tibbermore (Landward) and Hillyland, Tulloch, and Burghmuir (Burghal) 1914-1919 Roll of Honour and Roll of Service - view online or download. There are also details of those who supported the war effort at home.
Dunfermline High School pupils and staff 1914-1919 Roll of Honour and Roll of Service - view online or download.
University of St. Andrews 1914-1919 Roll of Honour and Roll of Service - view online or download.
The Union Bank of Scotland 1914-1918 Roll of Honour and Roll of Service - view online or download.
The National Bank of Scotland 1914-1918 Roll of Honour and Roll of Service - view online or download.
The Commercial Bank of Scotland 1914-1918 Roll of Honour and Roll of Service - view online or download.
Society of Writers to His Majesty's Signet, and apprentices, 1914-1919 Roll of Honour and Roll of Service - view online or download.
Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Society 1914-1919 Roll of Honour and Roll of Service - view online or download.
John Menzies & Company Limited 1914-1919 Roll of Honour and Roll of Service - view online or download.
Caxton House Printing Office, Dundee, 1914-19 Roll of Honour and Roll of Service - view online or download. Only 19 names, but it includes photographs, biographical notes and correspondence.

Film, video, photo and audio archives

Scottish Screen Archive
British Council Films
British Pathé
Britain from Above
University of St Andrews Photographic Collection

Australia

National Archives of Australia
National Archives of Australia - Family History Guide to family history research and resources in Australia
National Archives of Australia - Passenger records
Trove - National Library of Australia online resources
Trove digitised newspaper database

New South Wales State Records - Family History BMD Search
Queensland Government - Family history research
South Australia State Records - Family History. provides advice, but no online records. There is an Archives Search facility.
Tasmania State Library and Archives - LINC Tasmania - Family History
Victoria Public Record Office - Digitised Records and Online Indexes
Western Australia State Records - Family History. provides advice, but no online records
Northern Territory Archives Service. Link included for completeness, but does not seem to have much to help the family historian.

Shipping & Passenger lists
Convict transportation registers database
Founders & Survivors seeks to record and study the founding population of 73,000 men women and children who were transported to Tasmania. Many survived their convict experience and went on to help build a new society.
CoraWeb - a comprehensive list of genealogy sites for Australia, as well as some for New Zealand and GB & Ireland.

Canada

Library and Archives Canada
Library and Archives Canada - Genealogy and Family History
Library and Archives Canada - Genealogy and Family History - BMD
Library and Archives Canada - Genealogy and Family History - Censuses
Library and Archives Canada - Genealogy and Family History - Immigration and Citizenship
Library and Archives Canada - Military and Peacekeeping - links to various service records

Automated Genealogy Indices to Canadian Censuses
CanadaGenWeb.org - Gateway to free Canadian Genealogy.

Alberta Reccrds Genealogical search advice
British Columbia Genealogical Records search. The records can also be searched, and images of records viewed and downloaded, at the Royal BC Museum site.
Manitoba Vital Statistics
Archives of Manitoba
Newfoundland, Vital Records, 1840-1949 on Family Search
Northwest Territories Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre
Nova Scotia Virtual Archives
Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics (BMD)
Ontario Vital Statistics: Births, Marriages and Deaths. Research Advice
Genealogy at the Public Archives of Prince Edward Island
BMS2000 Group - Genealogical database for Quebec and surrounding, mainly French-speaking, areas compiled by several genealogical societies.
Saskatchewan Vital Statistics: Genealogical Research Advice and Index Search.
Yukon & Alaska Genealogy Centre

Hudson's Bay Company Archives

India

Families in British India Society (FIBIS)
Jute in India
Records relating to the Textile Industry in India held in Dundee University Archives

Ireland

Irish Genealogy
Irish Genealogy – Church Records
National Archives of Ireland Genealogy Website includes Census of Ireland (1901 and 1911), Tithe Applotment Books (1823–37) and  Soldiers’ Wills (1914–1917).
Emerald Ancestors - Northern Ireland Genealogy & Ulster Ancestry
Tracing Your Ancestors in Ireland (pdf) - a guide from Discover Ireland
Irish Genealogy Toolkit is a guide to finding Irish Ancestors

New Zealand

Archives New Zealand Archway
Birth, Death and Marriage Historical Records
Websites with searchable online databases or records of New Zealand Cemeteries

South Africa

The Genealogical Society of South Africa
National Archives and Records Service (NARS)

USA

Coming

Genealogical Databases

FamilySearch.org claims to be the largest genealogy organization in the world. It is provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons).
Ancestry is a major subscription genealogical database with sites for UK & Ireland, USA, Australia and Canada as well as France, Germany, Italy and Sweden. There are different subscription rates, the lowest giving access to limited resources on a single site, the highest giving access to all resourcs on all sites. Some sites have pay per view options.
Another major subscription genealogical database, owned by Dundee-based brightsolid, is findmypast which has sites for the UK, Ireland, USA, and Australia & New Zealand.There are different subscription rates, the lowest giving access to limited resources on a single site, the highest giving access to all resourcs on all sites. Some sites have pay per view options.
familyrelatives.com has a wide range of records, some not fond elsewhere. It requires (free) registration and has subscription and pay per view options..

Miscellaneous

Dictionary of the Scots Language
Rudy's List of Archaic Medical Terms
Index of Old Occupations
Old Occupations in Scotland
Scottish Surnames and Variants in ScotlandsPeople Help section.

Visitor Information

Angus Ahead
Carnoustie Country
Tartan Day Scotland
Undiscovered Scotland

 

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