Useful Links

This section includes websites, radio programme, and periodical publishers' links.

WEBSITES - These sites are among the best and most interesting to use for furthering research into Scottish family history. For more detailed research Members can make enquiries to the Durie Family Genealogist.
The world’s largest online resource for family history, documents and family trees
The site offers four billion records available to research taken from historical censuses of England, Wales and Scotland from 1841-1911; birth, marriage and death indexes from 1837-2005; extensive military records; passenger lists; and immigration and emigration records; also court, land, will and financial records and information from newspapers and periodicals.
National Archives of Scotland
The official website of the National Archives of Scotland – soon to become the National Records of Scotland (NRS). The NAS holds historical records created by businesses, landed estates, families, churches and other corporate bodies. Two related sites - and give access to other archives, public and private.
The National Library of Scotland
This is the world's leading research library for the study of Scotland and the Scots. Particularly interesting areas of this site are maps (back to the 1500s) and street and county directories
Scotland’s People - The official Scottish genealogy resource
This is one of the largest online sources of original genealogy information offering almost 80 million records for those researching UK genealogy, Scottish ancestry or for building a Scottish family tree. Information is taken from Scottish census records, Scottish wills, birth and death certificates.
Scotland’s Places – Make the connection. An official site
Search across different national databases using geographic locations by place name, county or coordinates, or use the mapping in the website. Partners in this project include the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS), the National Archives of Scotland (NAS) and the National Library of Scotland (NLS). Resources displayed include maps and plans of places and public buildings, photographs of the built environment, archaeological reports on historic and prehistoric sites and manuscript records and printed books from millions of pages in government and private records, including historical tax rolls, lists of owners of land and heritages, and more.
Public Profiler – World Names
This site provides a fascinating and fun review of family names world-wide, their density and locations as well as the most common forenames related to individual surnames. The maps, tables and information are derived from the analysis of large databases of name records across the world. Most of the data is collated from 2000-2005 telephone directories and for some countries from electoral registers. (The most common forenames for individual family names tend, therefore, to be for male adults and do not reflect any new fashions.)

Re DurieNB The high density of Duries shown in Slovenia and probably those in Germany, Austria and Italy too - are NOT actually Duries but Durics and are a miss transposition of the similar name from the Cyrillic alphabet.

A geographically indexed and cross-referenced directory of sources for family history research with a dictionary of surname meanings, including information on their geographic distribution. The site brings together and catalogues a very wide variety of genealogical sources available on and off-line. Easily accessible are records relating to ancestors in a particular town, region or country; provides databases, websites, publications and other resources through a very extensive list of categories ranging from specific registrations, immigration, churches, legal deeds, occupations, and many, many others.
The Heraldry Society of Scotland was founded in 1977 with the object of promoting the study of heraldry and encouraging its correct use in Scotland and overseas.
Tartan Footprint - Scottish Heritage Social Network - celebrates Scots who have travelled and settled in all corners of the globe, leaving a proud tartan footprint in their wake. Members can find and interact with their clan group and share stories, images and videos with others.
The Guild of One-Name Studies (Surnames-R-us!), the world's leading organisation for surname studies, is a charitable body bringing together those with an interest in one-name studies. Such studies are projects researching facts about a surname, all the preople who have held it as opposed to a particular pedigree (the ancestors of one person) or descendancy (the descendants of one person or couple). 
Electric Scotland is one of the very largest, if not the largest, educational and research resources on the history of Scotland and the Scots at Home and Abroad. It is so extensive that it recommends you use its own site search engine, situated in its header, as that searches only the site. As content is added daily it is advisable to check out its "what's new" page where what has been put up in the past three weeks or so is listed.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) marks, records and maintain the graves, and places of commemoration, of British Commonwealth military service personnel who died in the two World Wars, and Commonwealth civilians who died as a result of enemy action during the Second World War.  See also War Casualties at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. These are free resources.

The War Graves Photographic Project The War Graves Photographic Project (TWGPP) is a joint venture in providing photographs of Commonwealth forces war graves. Two significant archives have been brought together. TWCPP is now directly linked to the CWGC casualty pages for easy access to images.

Grave Stone Photographs This is a wonderful site for graveyard photos pre-1901, which will become even better as more people submit their own pictures of headstones, memorials etc. Go to the site and click on D then Durie. If you see a stone of which you would like a larger picture, click on the "Request a free image of this monument" button and the wholly wonderful Charles Sale (who has been at this since 1998) will email you a link.

The Register of Qualified Genealogists has been established to provide, and make public, a record of those genealogists who hold a recognised qualification in the field of genealogy and associated practices, and who are willing to provide professional services in that field. It is an organisation that acts for and on behalf of genealogists. The purpose is therefore an enabling one on behalf of qualified genealogists, and is three-fold, serving the needs of customers for genealogical services, of individual practitioners and of the genealogical community.

Moray & Nairn Family History Society was established in February 2009, for people researching their ancestry in these old counties.  It has members throughout Britain and overseas and its aim is to promote the study of genealogy and family history in Moray and Nairnshire, as well as the production of publications relating to these counties. Recent publications include a series of booklets Death Notices, Articles Concerning Deaths and Obituaries from the Forres Gazette, 1837-1855, click here for more details.



Digging Up Your Roots
Inspirational Scottish family history stories and key genealogy advice. Bill Whiteford and his team of experts, including Dr Bruce Durie, Genealogist to the Chief of Durie, uncover personal perspectives on social history and provide family history research tips. Podcasts of this year's series are currently available (despite introduction to the site saying they ended in 2010). 

‘SCOTS Heritage’, the official magazine of the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs, published quarterly since 2013, shares stories from Scotland’s rich culture and history, profiles great Scots of the past and the present and covers events that shaped and shape Scotland

The Highlander Magazine
Believed to be the oldest and most widely read Scottish-American community magazine covering all aspects of Scottish life, past and present. Each 80 page issue published every other month contains colourful articles on personalities, places and events in Scottlsh history plus reports on the activities of the Scottish-American community today. 
The Scottish Banner
Advertised as the Scottish community's favourite international monthly publication specifically for ex-pat Scots or those with an interest in Scottish culture and tradition. Available for 36 years nationally across Australia, Canada, New Zealand and USA and by world-wide subscription service. The Scottish Banner offers stories on Scottish current affairs, history and heritage, genealogy, Scottish club and society news, event listings, piping features and much more. It publishes two distinct international editions each month, one for the Canadian and American Scottish market and one for Australia and New Zealand   

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