Genealogy and Family History Research

genealogy research in Scotland

About Me : Lorna Kinnaird

Providing evidence that links to the past is my passion. I enjoy providing a research service to my clients worldwide. Residing in Edinburgh allows me to utilise the major primary resources within the National Records of Scotland; the National Library of Scotland and City Archives including other depositories throughout Scotland.

I started researching my own family in 1986, and have seen many changes both in the availability of records and the methods of research applied. Being part of the SGN (Scottish Genealogy Network) and ASGRA allows me to attend CPD (Continuing Professional Development) training days, visit archives and research hubs across Scotland and to continue to improve my skills and knowledge. I don’t see brick walls as obstacles, rather as opportunities to apply my skills.

A family tree should stand proud and tall, a testament to the members it contains. A tree can grow anywhere, but it needs strong foundations from which the branches can grow and bear fruit.

My Qualifications:

  • Accredited by ASGRA (Association of Scottish Genealogists & Researchers in Archives
  • The Postgraduate Diploma in Palaeographic, Heraldic & Genealogical Studies with Strathclyde University
  • The Higher Certificate in Heraldic & Genealogical Studies with the Institute of Heraldic & Genealogical Studies in Canterbury (Kent)
  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (FSA Scot)

My Interests:

  • Muat One Name Study and Muat DNA Project
  • The Aberlady One Place Study
  • Committee Member of the Lothians Family History Society
  • Committee Member of the Aberlady Conservation & Historical Society
  • Member of the Irish Genealogical Research Society
  • Member of the Scottish Genealogy Society
  • Member of the Guild of One-Name Studies

My Approach:

I am a traditional genealogist, aiming principally to find the primary source of any evidence that puts a client's ancestor at a particular place and time and in context to their environment. There is something remarkable about finding, looking and touching a piece of history with your ancestor's name or signature on it! I offer an individual and personal service to each client. I follow a methodical approach to research by carefully following your instructions.

I make no guarantees that the information you seek will be found, as some record sources simply do not exist – but if it is found, it will be included within the report.

How can I help?

“Get in touch with your enquiry and I'll explain what I can do for you.”
Lorna Kinnaird

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