Listed here are
some local and family history organisations which may be of help to you.
Ayrshire based societies welcome overseas membership applications.
Do your homework first: Very often
your best chance of finding answers to questions is not in Scotland but with
resources available to you locally or on the Internet. The best way to trace
your family history is to start with the present and known and work backwards.
Each step to a previous generation should be carefully documented and
researched before moving on. Many of the records you need to search can be
found on the Internet in the form of indexes and in many cases the actual
documents themselves can be ordered or even viewed over the Internet. Scottish
records are especially well indexed and accessible. See
http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/ Information you may have locally
such as research done on other members of the family may be the critical clues
to tracing the origins of your ancestors. Working from the past to the present
is very difficult and for this reason we advise you to work in the other
direction with the help of a local family historian or society.