Scotland Biography

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A biography is a history of a person’s life. In a biography, you may find the individual’s:

  • Birth, Marriage, and Death Information
  • Information and the names of:
  • Parents
  • Spouse
  • Children
  • Family members.

Use the information carefully because there may be inaccuracies.

Online Databases[edit | edit source]

You can find biographies of individuals through the Surname Search of the FamilySearch Catalog, or do a Place Search for SCOTLAND and click on the link for BIOGRAPHY.

For biographies of royalty, nobility, and those with coats of arms, see the article on Scotland Nobility.

Collections of Biographies[edit | edit source]

Thousands of biographies have been gathered and published in collections of biographies, sometimes called biographical encyclopedias or dictionaries. Usually these only include biographies of prominent or well-known British subjects. Others contain biographies of specific groups such as painters, ministers, radicals, or architects.

Search the BIOGRAPHY headings in the Locality Search of the FamilySearch Catalog if your ancestor played an important part in a group or occupation. For prominent businessmen, leaders, religious, or historical figures, the following are important sources:

This is a major, growing collection of various biographies and directories. A major portion of the collection is indexed (Family History Library fiche 6342001, 325 fiche). To find fiche numbers and index references, see Register to Family History Library Microfiche Numbers for British and Irish Biographies, 1840-1940 (Salt Lake City, Utah: Family History Library, 1989; Family History Library book Ref 942 A3cj).

You can find this collection in the Author/Title Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under BRITISH AND IRISH BIOGRAPHIES.

You will usually find collective biographies listed in the Locality Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under:


You may find some collections under the topic GENEALOGY.

Online Biographies [edit | edit source]