Resources and databases

Electric Scotland

This site has thousands of pages of information covering Scottish history, online books and details on the Scottish, Scots-Irish clans and families. A site search engine is available.

ScotlandGen Web

This resource site for Scottish research aims to have a link to a web site for each county. Currently only a few counties are represented.


This site has been set up as a meeting place for people with an interest in Scottish genealogy, history and culture. This site has useful links to societies, sources and libraries. It also includes information on census records and registration…

ScotGen blog

The Scottish Genealogy Blog about Scottish genealogy and anything else genealogical.

Dictionary of the Scots Language

This is a searchable online edition of two historical dictionaries, the 12-volume Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue of Scots words in use from 12th to 17th centuries and the 10-volume Scottish National Dictionary of Scots words in use from…


This site, maintained by National Records of Scotland, offers free online tuition in palaeography for historians, genealogists and other researchers who have problems reading manuscript historical records written in Scotland in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. The emphasis of…

Scotweb’s Scottish History Magazine

This Scottish history site includes details on the Highland clearances, Scottish origins up to William Wallace and the battle of Stirling Bridge.

The Scottish Reformation

This site has information on the struggles between the medieval Catholic Church of Rome and the evangelism of Protestant creeds that resulted in the establishment of Presbyterianism in Scotland and the episcopal Church of England. It looks at the discrimination…