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Scotland - a Brief History

Scotland - a Brief History

The long history of the lands of the northern third of Great Britain has been violent and often tragic. The castles and ruins, the songs and the legends tell Scotland's tale. It is the harshness of its history and the ruggedness of its land that have shaped its proud inhabitants. How the country came to be, and evolved, has long taxed the minds of many historians.uk-map.gif

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Feudal System

To use the Domesday Book and, to a greater or lesser extent, most other medieval records, it's useful to know something of the prevailing system of land tenure at this time.fuedal.jpg

In post-conquest (William the Conqueror) medieval England, land was not owned, in the modern sense, by anyone but the monarch.
Instead it was held by tenants, from lords (or occasionally ladies) in return for the obligation to perform some service. This was the feudal system, with the king at the top of the ladder, his direct tenants (tenants in chief) beneath him, and lower still under-tenants of various sizes, down to the peasant farmers who held a few acres in return for labouring on the land of the local lord.

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UK Census Info
There has been a census every ten years since 1801, excluding 1941. However, only those that date from 1841 are of real value to the UK family historian. The administration of the early census returns 1801-1831 was the responsibility of the Overseers of the Poor and the clergy.

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Most of these early returns were unfortunately destroyed, although in some isolated instances they have been preserved. The census returns for 1841 were the first to be kept and, as far as the general public is concerned, the information is released by the Public Record Office after a hundred years. For example, the public were given access to the 1891 census returns on 1 January 1992.

The census was taken on the following dates: ...........

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What is Genealogy?

What is Genealogy?


Genealogy is the study of the descendants of families and persons from an ancestor or ancestors. This study is undertaken by many people out of interest in their personal and family origins. As a hobby it can become pleasantly (No really!) addictive (read more here), at least to the person concerned that is!.

The study is also undertaken professionally, not just in order to provide a commercial service that can be used by people who are seeking help in researching their origins, but also for very serious legal and financial reasons, for example, where a person has died with out leaving a will and with no known family decendants.

Because of this there are accepted standards for doing genealogy "correctly and properly" - standards that we recommend you seek to learn and emulate.

The term Family History ..........................
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Planning Your Research

Planning Your Research:

Decide what your aim is for researching your family history and develop a plan. Several choices are available to the beginner in ancestry research: -
Ancestor Chart
Family Tree
Extended Family Tree
One-name Study.

Many people set out to find all their ancestors through both their male and female lines, and so produce what is termed an Ancestry Chart. For those ambitious to trace their descent as far back as possible, this is the choice to make, because with every newly discovered generation the number of ancestors doubles; two parents, four grandparents, eight great-grandparents and so on. (See Game of Numbers). When the scent on one trail dries up or is temporarily difficult to follow ("Wanted Names" or "Brick Walls"), there are plenty of other lines to turn to.

Some people just like to trace their own family with its surname, their Family Tree showing their male-line ancestors (father, grandfather, great-grandfather, etc.) and the wives, brothers and sisters of these ancestors. It is of course possible to concentrate on female-line ancestors, but the types of records that were kept, and the common practice whereby a wife took her husband's surname at marriage, can make this difficult before the 19th century. However, the maxim Mummy's baby, daddy's maybe! shows why concentrating on the male line only is not the most reliable method of recording your family history!

Yet others try to produce what is sometimes termed an Extended Family Tree. Such a tree shows all the collateral branches of a family, i.e. all the descendants with their spouses of some earliest known ancestor. An extended family tree therefore will grow to include many of your distant cousins. People with a fairly uncommon surname may decide to trace all people of the same surname, just in case they may be distantly related. This is called a One-name Study.

Whichever aim you set yourself, it is best to concentrate on just a small part of the tree or chart, at any one time - you can always move to another part when you get stuck.

But do not forget to visit us here at Family History UK regularly. Post your "Wanted Names" and ask questions in the Forum.

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Last Name Meanings - Surnames

Last Name Meanings - Surnames

Except for Romans during a period of the Roman Empire, hereditary surnames - the last names passed down through the males of a family, didn't exist until about 1000 years ago. While it may be hard to believe in today's hustle and bustle, surnames just weren't necessary before that. In a world that was much less crowded than it is today -- a world where most people never ventured more than a few miles from their place of birth and every one knew his neighbors -- first, or given names, were the only designations necessary. Even kings got by with a single name.

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Abbreviations Used On Census Returns

England & Wales 1841-1891

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Census 1861

In the course of copying out their returns, the census enumerators were given permission to use certain abbreviations for occupations. This practice was most extensive in 1841, and gradually diminished over the years after.

 

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Genealogy vs Family History

Genealogy vs Family History:

Genealogy is the study of the descents of persons or families from an ancestor or ancestors. Many people out of interest in their personal and family origins undertake this study.

As a hobby it can become pleasantly addictive, at least to the person concerned (Don't ask my wife for her opinion!!). However the study is also undertaken professionally, not just in order to provide a commercial service that can be used by people who are seeking help in researching their origins, but also for legal and financial reasons. Thus there are accepted standards for doing genealogy properly - standards that we here at Family History UK recommend you seek to learn and emulate.

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