Tracing Your Illegitimate Ancestors in the Sheriff Court Records

10:15 - 11:00

An illegitimate ancestor can be a real roadblock when tracing your family tree, leaving you perplexed about the paternal line. Around 9% of Scottish births in the 1850s were illegitimate, thus many genealogists are confronted with this obstacle. There’s hope though – the mother would often take the father of an illegitimate child to court to prove his identity and seek financial support. The records of these cases often provide detailed information which may not be found anywhere else.

This talk will teach you how to use these records to trace the father of an illegitimate child and progress your family tree.

Graham Maxwell

 Graham Maxwell began his successful career as a professional genealogist 18 years ago. Since then he has worked on a wide variety of family histories and helped many people to successfully trace their ancestors, many of whom have been struggling to overcome a ‘brick wall’ in their research.

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