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Beginning Scottish Research by Nancy Ellen Carlberg. Published by Carlberg Press, 1782 Beacon Avenue, Anaheim CA 92804-4515. 1996. 418 pp. Charts, index, maps. Plastic-Comb Binding. $25.

This book is very similar in format to Ms. Carlberg's book Beginning Irish Research reviewed in volume 4, number 6. As with her other book, this book is not a sequentially organized how-to-book for beginners, but rather a collection of miscellaneous notes and topics. The large section on "Notes for Other Countries" covering research in everything from Australia, Barbados, England, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa and others is repeated in this volume.

For me, the best part of the book was pages 191 to 274 with an alphabetical listing of topics concerned with Scottish research. Buried in this alphabetized section, and other parts of the book, are some real gems of sources you can use in your research. Some, but not all of these sources are available at the local FHC. Their is a good detailed index which helps you access the wealth of material in the book, again if you know what you are looking for.

There is a good 20 page bibliography but it is sprinkled with many references for Irish research as if the list came from another source or was created for another purpose. Their is a good listing of books published by the different Scottish family history societies and which are available through the Family History Shop in Aberdeen.

Throughout the book there are sections specifically designed to help the beginner get organized in doing research. These sections do include some good practical forms, but they are all repeated in the appendix, adding to the bulk of the book.

Reviewed by Paul Milner
BIGWILL v.5 no.2, 1998