Sunday, June 03, 2012

Scottish Genealogy Overview

The's Scottish Genealogy Resource page led me to a Gazetteer of Scotland which helped me find out the names for places in Scotland in various time periods.

About half-way in the article it lists this resource for finding parish names. Gazetteer for Scotland called Scottish Places. This is the source for this reference.

Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Survey of Scottish Topography, Statistical, Biographical and Historical, edited by Francis H. Groome and originally published in parts by Thomas C. Jack, Grange Publishing Works, Edinburgh between 1882 and 1885. 

I discovered that I can't always decipher the place names on the vital records or the census. My 2nd great grandfather, William Beveridge, master shoemaker was born in Fife, Scotland but what it says for the parish, I couldn't make sense of. It turns out to be Parish #16, ABDIE which translates to "abbey lands".

The 1881 census (LDS) that I paid to see via Scotland's People lists his birthplace as GIBDE in both the index at and at the "index image" of this census at Scotland's People. According to books that I have here in my library, the 1881 census images are only available when you actually to to Scotland at the General Register Office.

Please notice that BEVERIDGE is spelled without the E in this "index image" despite the index at where I found this family listed. The 1881 census was taken the night of 3/4 April 1881. At first, I thought, that is why there are two grandsons listed for this household. Maybe Annie's sister Margaret worked the night shift. She was the wife of James RITCHIE and he died in 1881, so there was no one to tend to William B. RITCHIE at night.

But, this is not the only problem to solve. Ann is unmarried and (yikes) her first born son is living with her at 52 Hadden St. in Woodside, Old Machar, Aberdeen, Scotland. She did not marry until November.

I hope you noticed that both grandson's were named for their grandfather.


Jo said...

You have 2 options for the 1881 Census on the ScotlandsPeople website, Midge. You can search the originals, as with the other Census years, or opt to see the LDS transcript, which is a little cheaper, but the indexing is not so good :-)

Midge Frazel said...

I did see that but since the name was spelling incorrectly, I didn't find it right away so I moved to the LDS 1881 census. My credits are getting low. Sigh.