An estimated 50 million people from around the world can lay claim to having Scots ancestry.
In order to capitalise on the increasing interest in tracing family roots, spurred on by shows such as the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?, a new guide to tracing Scottish ancestry has been launched highlighting the unusual and surprising places people can go to learn more about their lineage.
The VisitScotland guide comes in an easy-to-use map format and is suitable for those just starting to trace their roots to the more advanced and experienced.
It highlights a mix of Scottish visitor attractions, museums, libraries and research establishments across the country, including the Scottish Borders Archive and Local History Centre in Hawick and the Scotland’s People Centre based in Edinburgh, where the likes of Billy Connolly, Sir Alex Ferguson, Lulu and Gordon Ramsay have all had their ancestry traced.
Mike Cantlay,Chairman of VisitScotland, said: “With so many people in the world having Scots ancestry, this new guide is a valuable tool for helping them to discover more about ‘who they are’. I am sure visitors will find tracing their ancestors to be a truly fascinating experience.”
Researching Scottish roots and ancestry couldn’t be simpler, it’s as easy as writing your name, date and place of birth and the family tree has started. Adding in family members helps extend it.
The guide is available to download from www.visitscotland.com/surprise, where you can also take advantage of more than 350 money-off vouchers on accommodation offers on things to see, do, eat and drink across Scotland.