General Register Building of the National Archives of Scotland

“Every birth, death, and marriage is recorded in these color-coded leather-bound books.”

While you might never get there in person, it would be nice to see what the place looks like. The Atlas Obscura web site has pictures and a description of the building that will be of interest to any genealogist researching Scottish ancestry.

The article states:

“These millions and millions of pages contain MacDonalds, Stewarts, Campbells and Murrays, along with almost as many variant spellings. They may just look like names in a book, but each is a memento of a life begun, ended, or joined to another on Caledonian soil.”

You can view the pictures and description at http://bit.ly/2M3fRdz.

 

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Had the great privilege of doing research in that very room as well as several others in the building on a “once in a lifetime” dream trip to Scotland a few years ago. It is every bit as impressive as the photos imply.

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I was there back in 2013, but it was the day after we arrived in London and then traveled up to Edinburgh. After cancelled flights and several days of no sleep, I was so tired and jet lagged that I couldn’t enjoy being in that building, and seeing my ancestor’s names listed there. I need to go back when I can appreciate it and do more research–I was literally falling asleep at the computers that time!

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