Edinburgh and the Lothians

A quick access to resources in Edinburgh and the Lothians where Shetlanders have migrated.

Rootsweb Mailing list
You can view the any of the mailing lists worldwide. However, should you wish to post on a particular list you need to register with that list.

Rootsweb Message board
You can view and post on any of the message boards worldwide. All you need is to register once with rootsweb. I tend to use this and post on boards worldwide. Both to request information on a particular family, or to surf boards looking for those trying to trace their Shetland ancestors.

Rootschat.com - Midlothian
RootsChat is essentially a forum that shows a lot of activity across all the sub-forums. These sub-forums cover a wide geographic reach, a common room, techincal help, useful links, a beginners, photograph restoration and deciphering. It does have good moderators on the popular boards and seems to cover a similar function to the Message boards with respect to content and active members.

The Lothians Family History Society
Formerly the Midlothian FHS, the LFHS is a non-profit making Society consisting of members interested in promoting the study of genealogy and family history, starting and extending research into family roots, and in furthering interest in and facilities for genealogical research. We are situated in Bonnyrigg which is just a stone throw away (7 Miles south) from Edinburgh.

Edinburgh, Midlothian – about the area

The National Archives of Scotland
Should you be planning a visit to The National Archives of Scotland you can save time by searching their online catalogues and obtaining the location of items. This way you should be able to plan your visit and make the most of your time reviewing and copying relevant material.

I used it recently to try to identify the records of Church of Scotland. Specifically, the Presbytery of Hamilton records for 1700 to 1703. I now have the reference/location of the documents and hope they provide and answer to an important brick wall, the birthplace of a main line 6th Grandfather.

A brief history of Edinburgh
An extensive series of local histories written by a that has developed into a World History encyclopedia. Written by a history graduate of Lancaster University. For the family historian wanting to find out more about a particular place, or time, this is a useful resource.

I have provided a direct link to the local area. However, should you wish to explore this resource, here is the link to the main page.

Edinburgh Evening News
This is the evening paper for the City of Edinburgh. It is a publication of the Scotsman.com with this paper on a pay per view. The Edinburgh Evening News covers typical reports one would find in an evening paper, together with classified, births, deaths, marriages. Also properties for sale and job appointments.

Edinburgh – 10 Things you need to know (8:09 mins)

This will allow you to view a YouTube video that has been carefully selected by me. To view the video, press the arrow in the centre. When the video is running, you take the cursor over the bottom edge of the 'screen' then you will be able to stop/start and/or adjust the volume. Enjoy.

About this video

  • This is an excellent video covering 10 things you need to know when visiting Edinburgh.
  • Very good narration with music in the background.
  • The video shows a professional capture and finish.
  • Conclusion: not to be missed if you are visiting Edinburgh.

Rosslyn Chapel (7 mins)

This will allow you to view a YouTube video that has been carefully selected by me. To view the video, press the arrow in the centre. When the video is running, you take the cursor over the bottom edge of the 'screen' then you will be able to stop/start and/or adjust the volume. Enjoy.

About this video

  • This is and excellent video with good narration and images.
  • It takes and interpretative look at the stunning carvings many bearing highly condictory views and opinions.
  • This is a first class interpretive view of Rosslyn Chapel. Worth viewing prior to any proposed visit.

This is a Visit Scotland website covering Edinburgh and The Lothians. It has some good information and photographs.