At the Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, Fife on Saturday 21 April 2018

Finding Your Ancestors' Footprints

When tracing our family tree we often long to ‘walk in the footsteps’ of our ancestors. This means not only finding names, places and dates; but visiting their home and understanding their lives. Sometimes it is possible to literally see the footsteps of your ancestors. Criminal records are a wonderful source of information; you just need to know how to access them. From stealing a handkerchief to murder, the crimes our ancestors committed are often recorded in meticulous detail. This talk will look at Scottish criminal records, looking at High Court records, Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace records so that you can understand your ancestors. 

A paper cut made in 1842 of left footprints in a turnip field at Sanquhar, Dumfries and Galloway

Emma Maxwell

Emma Maxwell is a professional genealogist specialising in Scottish court and health records. Along with her husband, and fellow genealogist, Graham Maxwell, she runs genealogy resource website Their aim is to make the vast quantity of interesting historical records available to you wherever you live in the world

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