Scottish Local History: An Introductory Guide, BY David Moody.
Published by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD. 1994. 178 p. Index. Available at Ames Public Library in the Genealogy Reference section – Call No. 941.1/MOO
author was Bibliographical Services Officer and Local History Librarian
at East Lothian District Libraries in Scotland when this book was
written. It is a great introduction to local Scottish history, but
mainly shows present day readers how much the Internet has changed how
we research the local and family history. Much of what he explains how
and where to find in local archives and libraries is Now online.
However Moody’s description of various records at published archives he describes the different categories thus:
“A transcript is a full text.
A calendar is a précis usually in English, full enough for most purposes to replace original documents.
A list is an enumeration of items composing a class of records with minimal descriptive information.
A descriptive list is a list of brief abstracts of the documents.
An index is an alphabetically arranged guide to people, places or subjects in the records.
catalogue is a calendar, list or descriptive list containing items from
different origins but on similar subjects, or hands of a specific
institution or person”.
next section of this book may be the most useful to current family
historians by demonstrating methodology of local historical research by
emphasizing three topics: “The Family and Community emphasizing oral
history techniques and family history; Dwellings and Buildings which
covers land records, deeds, property registers and Settlement studies
which introduces the study of a town, or parish. The bibliography
included as notes for these chapters may lead you to some local history
resources you might not have noticed or found using online listings.
an “Introductory Guide” this book may lead you to new insights into the
role of the local government archives and records in finding your
Scottish ancestors. And its emphasis on methodology of taking notes and
using these records is an important reminder for better use of these