Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Discover Scottish Church Records - sneak peak

I've gone a bit book mad this year! Tracing Your Family History on the Internet was recently released by Pen and Sword (www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/?product_id=2974), whilst I am currently working on a book about Scotland's oldest unsolved murder story for publication at the end of the year. In between both I've also managed to squeeze in another project, which should be published in the next couple of weeks by Unlock the Past in Australia (www.unlockthepast.com.au).

Discover Scottish Church Records is an exploration of the history and records of the various churches in Scotland prior to 1855, the year in which civil registration commenced within the country. It describes the theological changes imposed by the Reformation of 1560, the nature of the state’s battles with the Kirk, and the Kirk’s subsequent battles within itself. Most importantly, it also discusses the nature of the records generated by the various Scottish churches, how to interpret them, and above all else, how to find them.

Whether you are looking for tales of ministers carried into the air by Scotland’s fairy folk, the fire and thunder of John Knox, a detailed explanation of the online offerings of the ScotlandsPeople website, or the treasures waiting in the National Records of Scotland, this is the definitive research guide to help anyone with Caledonian connections! (says so on the cover! lol)

Still waiting for price details and exact date of publication, but for societies which may be interested in ordering copies the UTP website at www.unlockthepast.com.au/unlock-past-publications lists the various discounts etc which are involved.

Hopefully this might be of as much interest to you all here in Scotland as for those down under! I'll provide an update when it goes on sale.



BDM said...

Sounds like another winner, Chris! I'm looking forward to this one.
- Brenda

Chris Paton said...

Thanks Brenda, I'll announce when it is available, but just learned it will retail at AU$19.50.