EVERTON'S FAMILY HISTORY NEWSLINE
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In the current issue: "Genealogy Made Inexpensive"
Thursday, 4 January 2001
Discovering the Scottish Archive Network
The Scottish Archive Network is a fairly new cooperative effort
between almost 50 archives and libraries in Scotland, supported by
the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Genealogical Society of Utah. (The
GSU is the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints, better known for its FamilySearch website and its
world-famous Family History Library in downtown Salt Lake City.)
With so many organizations behind it, the Scottish Archive Network
has ambitious plans to help Internet genealogists with Scottish
roots. Already in place on the SCAN website is a very good tutorial
on genealogical research in Scottish records, background information
on Scottish testaments, exhibits on Scottish history, and the
beginnings of several "microsites" devoted to specific research
tools, such as online catalogs for member institutions.
Among the earliest research tools expected to be posted to the
website will be an index to almost 500,000 testaments registered in
Scotland from the sixteenth century up until the late nineteenth
century. SCAN also expects to digitize millions of pages of Scottish
wills and make them available to researchers.
Of course, the SCAN website is still in its early stages, so if you
are a dedicated researcher of Scottish roots you will want to sign up
for their free email notification of updates to the SCAN website, and
to progress made by SCAN member organizations.
The Scottish Archive Network
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