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Welcome to the Scotland Project's Tartan Trail!

Project Coordinator: Jacqueline Baxter

Now that you've made the decision to join the Scotland Project, we're going to work together on improving your basic skills in genealogy and on WikiTree, focused on Scotland profiles. If you haven't already requested to join the Scotland Project, you should follow the instructions on the Join Us in the Scotland Project page in G2G.

This program uses existing orphaned profiles associated with Scotland, which serves two purposes. It gives you the freedom you need to practice and make mistakes, and it helps improve the quality of profiles within the project's reach.

Level 1 of the Tartan Trail is a self-learning process. You will be supplied with lessons to help you through this level. On progression to Level 2, you will be assigned a Guide who will help you learn further skills needed to work within the Scotland Project. Our Guides are all former graduates of this process. They are experienced WikiTree members, and are here to help you on your journey. You'll be improving two profiles on each of the following levels.

Level One

This level will focus on the time period between 1800 and 1875.

Level 1 will start with basic skills:

  • Using Sources for Genealogy Research: This page outlines why sources are important when researching your ancestors. The Scotland Project requires all profiles that are part of the project's reach meet or exceed WikiTree's standards for sourcing.
  • Sources Help Page: This page outlines why sources are a required part of the WikiTree experience and shows you two ways to add sources to your ancestors profiles.
  • What are examples of sources that provide uncertain information?: This page outlines what sources are considered derivative and are not used for profiles that are part of the Scotland Project. They can however, be helpful in finding true sources.
  • Research Notes Help Page: This page outlines why a Research Notes section can be helpful, where to properly place the research notes section, and introduces Research Note Boxes (we'll look at these more closely, later).
  • Biographies Help Page: This page outlines the required and optional headings for the biography portion of a profile.
  • Scotland Geography 101: Scotland's Places is our main resource for location names. Members should become familiar with what's available on the site.
  • Scotland History 101: History Timeline for Scotland. Members will be required to have a basic understanding of historical events.

You may find further information here:

Level Two

This level will focus on the time period between 1700 and 1799.

Once you complete this section, you'll have finished the mandatory portion of the Tartan Trail. If you wish, you may continue by self-certifying for the pre-1700 badge. Once you've successfully completed the certification, you'll be assigned a new Guide.


Once you've completed Levels 1 and 2 on the Tartan Trail program, you will graduate and receive your Scotland Project membership badge.

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I have completed the levels.please add to the tartan trail
Hi Helen,

Have you signed up for the Trail? The G2G post to join us is here.

Cheers, Bobbie

posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
If you have landed here on our Tartan Trail Team page and are wanting to join the Tartan Trail, please wander on over to the most recent G2G post which tells you how to join the Tartan Trail and the Scotland Project.
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
edited by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
All the very best from the England Project Orphan trail - please do feel free to pick our brains!

Jo, England Project Leader and Orphan Trail Trailbazer

posted by Jo Fitz-Henry
Thank you, Jo! You may regret that offer ;)

~ Amy

posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin

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