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Scotland Project

�This profile is a collaborative work-in-progress. Please feel free to make any suggestions you feel should be incorporated

Profiles will generally fall within the The Defined Category Groups -- Official Clans or Scottish Families (other Scottish surnames names not considered "Official Clans"). Check these pages for further guidelines


Bio Builder Quick Internal Links

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Scotland_-_Scottish_Nobility Scotland Project's Scottish Nobility Team - Scottish Nobility Help Page


Additional Scotland Graphics by WikiTree Members

Quick Bio Generator App

https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/343249/some-apps-i-made (Base Info using top portion of Profile) PIP - https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/583757/profile-improvement-project-pip-what-we-do-and-how-to-join

Resource Links

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Scotland_Genealogy_Resources (Amy TBD)

(Primary Source Link)


  • "Scotland's People", Official site for all BMD records for Scotland. Has parish records dating back in some cases to 16th century. (sometimes referenced as OPR's - Paid Site for Images/Free Index)
  • Statutory and Church registers of births, marriages and deaths in Scotland
  •  Family Search Records Search  [1] have been indexed/filmed under Family search

Medieval Links

Citation for Cawley should be changed - EE says the database should be in quotes & the web host italicized. This was discussed at length in G2G with the following result: (Coding is in green on the source page at Space:Medieval_Lands#Bibliography.) See also WikiTree's source page for [https://www.wikitree.com/index.php?title=Space:Medieval_Lands&redirect=no MedLands.

A good starting point - but should not be the final ending point - The period covered is the thousand years between the years 500 and 1500, although more attention has been given to analyzing primary source material for the period until about 1300. Both Cawley and Richardson give nice lists of sources we can check, and also mention in our own editing
Cite (add page link to cite)

Developing A Solid Profile

Rule of Thumb Checklist – Developing a solid Profile https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Scotland_Bio_Builders_Team

Data Section: (conformed Upper Data to Bio Sources)

birth date/place
names of parents
marriage date/place and spouse name
names of children, if any
death date/place

Biography Section:

Categories/Projects, etc.
CHECK FOR DUPS and All duplicates merged or initiated.
== Pre merge Notes== if any (to be deleted at completion)
==Discrepancy== Explanatory remarks, if needed (e.g. disputed persons information, Research Notes, whatever needs extra explaining).

Biography suggested order/sections

Xxxxxxx (John or Jane Doe) Son/daughter of xxxx

Aka’s / Styled As

Baptism, burial, military, and other life events with inline sources (As Sections or Narrative Summary)

Birth Estimate[1]
Marriage Estimate[1]
Spouse, dau of
Death Estimate[1]

==Children== (Separate Section)

• List of children with at least one pertinent fact. (i.e., married to…etc. Links to those under data section; search for possible matches if not linked)

Narrative and/or Timeline

Historical context as related to the person's life.[2]

• Written (full) sentences stating the facts above, adding inline sources to each fact.
• Is the profile Genealogically Defined?(https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Genealogically_Defined)
• As a general rule biographies should be in your own words. Paraphrase and rewrite, don't copy/paste.
• Something to "humanize" the person, such as career or avocation with sources.
• Photos or pictures, background. Not a must, but nice (you need to own the copyright unless they are in the public domain).(or already Public on WikiTree; i.e., Flags, tartans, pics, etc.
• Links to persons and events, perhaps from Wikipedia or other


[1] (ref name tags s/b placed between the ==Sources and <references/ tags

Citation [3]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Birth/Marriage/Death Source
  2. Sources
  3. “Statutory Marriages 1855–2013,” database with images, Scotland's People (http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk : accessed 24 November 2016), image, marriage registration, {Index} John Lawrie and Charlotte Palmer Miller, married 1945, District of Dunfermline, County of Fife; citing Statutory Registers no. 424/354.
• Sources, Sources, Sources. (https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:Sources)
  • Cawley, Charles. "Medieval Lands": A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families © by Charles Cawley, hosted by Foundation for Medieval Genealogy (FMG).
  • Balfour Paul, Sir James. The Scots Peerage (David Douglas, Edinburgh, 1904-1914); in 9 Volumes Vol 3, Page 134

See Also (Links are provided for reference and considered unreliable unless sources are contained within) (links s/b free access)

• Find A Grave w/Link/Memorial #
• Family Trees (sourced w/link) Ancestry; Geni; FHC, etc.
Research Section (can be hidden by following code:
Check and Clear Suggestions (upper RH Menu Drop Down
Connection to the Global Tree.( https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Special:Connection)

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