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Guest post: Scottish resources on Ancestry

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Guest contributor: Frances Devaney

Many people when using Ancestry get stuck on the major collections - the UK census collection, military records etc and forget that some of the smaller resources can provide rich untapped seams for the family historian. It's always a good idea to go browsing and see what's new and explore some of the lesser known collections on this fantastic resource.

I was enthralled when browsing through Ancestry.com recently to find two resources of which I had been previously unaware. Fife, Scotland, Cupar Library Newspaper Index Cards, 1833-1987 and Perth, Scotland Newspaper Index Cards, 1809-1990. Both can be found under the births, deaths and marriages Scotland section.

The first contains a collection of index cards referencing articles and announcements found in several Fife area newspapers from 1833-1987. I was delighted to locate information pertaining to various family members who resided in the area ranging from birth notices to their involvement in the local dramatic society.

This Perth database is similar in that it contains a collection of index cards referencing articles and announcements found in several Perth area newspapers from 1890-1990 (with a gap in coverage from 1890-1920). Although it is recorded as being only up to 1990 I have found reference to family members up to 2006. Most of the cards reference births, deaths, retrials, golden and diamond wedding anniversaries, or personal tragedies.

And finally a reminder that anyone, member or non-member,  can access Ancestry from any of our 17 Auckland City Library sites.