Welcome to the Scott Family page at Surname Finder, a service of Genealogy Today. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the Scott surname. As additional sources for vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching Scott ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Scott Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Scott family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Scott brick wall? Read "Newspapers Can Be A Treasure Trove Of Genealogical Details" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Scott Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Scott records. Years ago many people were unable to read and write, thus a given ancestor's name could be spelled in a variety of ways depending on who recorded it. If you want to know How can I find information on men and women named Scott who served in the Revolutionary War?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Scott
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Scott records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Scott family history resource today.
Origins of the Scott Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Scott last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Scott ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Scott is a common Irish surname? The article "The Luck of the Irish Research" may be helpful for your research. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Scott DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Scott relatives tested several years ago, it may be worthwhile to have them retested. Likewise, as DNA testing companies have gathered more results and samples, you may be able to find more matches if you search again with your test results. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Scott research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Scott Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Scott ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Traditions, Traditions, Traditions" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Scott family history.
Networking with Scott Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Scott surname, posting a message query can help you connect with distant cousins and others who may be working on the same lines, some of whom may have advanced the research or solved some of the hard problems, but are willing to share. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Scott queries.
You may also want to consider posting a query to the Community Message Boards at Genealogy Today to get assistance from other researchers on your most elusive Scott ancestors.
Scott Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Scott was the 34th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Scott Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Scott, contact the folks at ProGenealogists for a free research estimate. You may also find it helpful to read, "When, Why and How to Hire a Professional Genealogist."
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Recently Discovered SCOTT Clippings and Mentions
Upcoming Scott Family Reunions
One key to a successful Scott reunion is preparation, and for the family researcher that means getting the word out in advance on what to bring (such as the family photo collection); arranging for the display of shared information; and planning activities conducive to sharing; and one of the best ways to get others to participate is in bringing something of your own to share such a picture pedigree, compiled family history or biographical sketch, or even a copies of a treasured photo as a gift for each family -- you may even want to consider putting together a reunion newsletter in advance to be distributed at the reunion, asking for help in solving one or more specific family mysteries: you never know who might have insight they are willing to share, one-on-one. The article "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Scott reunion.