New Online Tool Will Help Families Track Down Scottish Ancestors

The Scottish Emigration Database lists details including the town or village of origin, address, destination and occupation, as well as information about specific vessels and shipping lines. The free online tool contains the records of 21,000 people.

The main search focuses on people – you can filter based on name, occupation, gender and address. You can even search by destination port. The database also allows people to search by ship name – so if you know which ship your ancestors sailed on, but don’t know a great detail about them, this might help.

The online database allows you to search thousands of entries using as much, or as little detail as you have – a detailed user guide is available here.

You can learn more at:


Only 21,000? The reason for the low number is that only a few years between 1890 and 1960 are included, specifically: 1890, 1910, 1920, 1923, 1930 and 1960 for reasons explained in the methodology:


a large number also went to England and then to the US


this doesnt help me, my Scottish ancestors left prior to 1770 and a lot went to Ireland first


Thanks to above commenters who helped me decide not to try it. Sorry Dick, but it s not free, the price is any personal data they can glean. I believe we need to be more mindful of such gratuitous harvesting; we no longer live in a safe and predictable world.


My understanding The Scots were not very good at keeping historical records unless one was from royalty (which left the majority of us out) and that any records that were kept really was not addressed until after the late 18th century. My family (Henderson) left and went to Ireland (GGGgf) arriving in Belfast at the turn of the 19th century….thats as far as I could get….


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