Wills and Testaments
Scotland’s People holds digital copies of more than 600,000 wills and testament covering the years from 1513 to 1925. These records can contain a mass of useful genealogical information relating to the deceased as well as to the beneficiaries. More information about these records can be found in this Scotland’s People guide.
Valuation Rolls which were property taxes can be found on Scotland’s People with records dating from 1855. These records list the property owner and tenant as well as rental information. They can be useful for finding your ancestors between census years. See this Valuation Rolls guide for more information.
Early Scottish tax records can be found at the amazing and free Scottish Places website. Here you’ll find tax records for dogs, horses, female servants, windows and many more. This is a taxation treasure trove!
Post Office Directories
The National Library of Scotland has a collection of over 700 digitized Post Office directories available to download for free covering much of Scotland. They date from 1773 to 1911.
I previously wrote about the National Library of Scotland’s free online digital UK map collection here. The earliest Scottish maps date from the second half of the sixteenth century, and there are examples from most decades up until the early 1900s.
Some other useful websites can be found on 15 Useful Free Scottish Genealogy Resources
For more useful posts see the Scotland blog page.
For some other record sets, see:
Find Your UK Ancestors with Electoral Rolls
Use Historical Directories to find your Ancestors
Where to find British & Commonwealth Military Records
Where to find British Crime and Punishment Records
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