Scottish Family History Research

Your Scots Past offers professional research into your Scottish Ancestry covering all of Scotland but specialising in Angus (Forfarshire), Dundee and Perthshire.


Do you want to discover who your Scottish ancestors were, where they lived and what they did?


Our genealogist, Merle Palmer, has the experience and qualifications to research your Scottish family tree in a thorough and cost-effective manner.

Combining a wide knowledge of the Scottish genealogical resources available, with a logical approach to problem-solving and rigorous research skills you can be assured of a professional service.

Every family history will be different so we offer a range of services including tailor-made packages or research at an hourly rate.  


  • Have you hit a brick wall in your own research? Sometimes a fresh look at the problem can help. Contact us for a quote to review your findings and to identify some new records or directions that will help to progress your research.

  • Or perhaps you live a distance from the Scottish records.  We can search for and extract information from records held in local archives and at the National Records of Scotland in Edinburgh.  We can also explain what the information means and when or why the records were created.

  • We offer a transcription of early documents written in old handwriting.  We can help you understand the meaning of Scots words, place names, dates and abbreviations.

  • Building and Business History Research.  We can research the land, buildings, occupants and, where records survive, explore the history of a business. 

  • Are you looking for an unusual present? By commissioning a family or house history you can give a very unique, personalised gift for birthdays, Christmas and other special occasions.

Scots have for centuries moved between parishes, counties and countries so although your story begins in Scotland we also offer research in the rest of the United Kingdom and beyond.

Click here for details of our research services or contact us to discuss your requirements.

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