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  • janet reakes
    FROM EASTMANS GENEALOGY LETTER Scottish Archive Network The following article is from Eastman s Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright 2002 by Richard W.
    Message 1 of 1 , May 6, 2002
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      FROM EASTMANS GENEALOGY LETTER
      Scottish Archive Network
      The following article is from Eastman's Online Genealogy
      Newsletter and is copyright 2002 by Richard W. Eastman. It is
      re-published here with the permission of the author.



      The Scottish Archive Network (SCAN) now has a complete index to
      all the registers of Scottish wills, which is available free of
      charge on their Web site. Digital images of the wills are being
      made available for purchase. The digitization project is underway
      now and is due for completion in early 2003.

      I spent a bit of time on the new Web site and found it easy to
      use. There are two search options: a simple one that searches only
      by first and last names, and an advanced search option that allows
      you to search by first and last names as well as by description
      (title or occupation or place, beginning date and ending date).
      For instance, I did a simple search on the last name of McAlister
      and found many entries for that name. Here are the first few:

      McAlister
      John
      16/2/1848
      Mate of the Princess Royal Fishery Cutter, residing in
      Rothesay
      Rothesay Sheriff Court


      McAlister
      Stewart
      8/10/1850
      Inspector of Poor of the Parish of Rothesay
      Rothesay Sheriff Court

      McAlister
      Duncan
      4/11/1830
      Seaman sometime in Laigh Bogany thereafter in Rothesay
      Rothesay Sheriff Court

      McAlister
      Angus
      12/10/1867
      Farmer in Kilpatrick, Arran
      Rothesay Sheriff Court

      McAlister
      Duncan
      7/1/1871
      Clerk residing in Victoria Street Rothesay
      Rothesay Sheriff Court

      McAlister
      Alexander
      5/8/1873
      sometime general merchant in Singapore, presently residing in
      No.14 Montgomerie Street, Ardrossan
      Ayr Sheriff Court Testamentary Deeds

      When the full images become available online, you should be able
      to click on the above names, enter a credit card number, and then
      view the images of the original document listed. Even in today's
      format, the information shown above can be valuable as it tells
      you where you can find original documents on microfilm.

      The Scottish Wills team has a permanent staff of three archivists
      from the National Archives of Scotland (NAS), and two
      conservators, with 11 volunteers from the Genealogical Society of
      Utah (GSU).

      You can find the Scottish Archive Network Web site at:
      http://www.scottishdocuments.com

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