About Me

Andrew Armstrong – Scottish Genealogist

Relatively Scottish is a genealogy business set up by Andrew Armstrong in 2015, based in the beautiful Scottish Borders. Dumfries and Galloway though is my birthplace. I produce fully researched histories of  both families and houses in Southern Scotland.

I also give genealogy related talks and presentations. These are based on my own interests and sometimes inspired by particular client research.  Here’s a selection of the presentations that I’ve given in the last few years.

  • A Practical Introduction to Scottish Genealogy
  • Tracing Your Ancestors on the Buccleuch Estates
  • The Families of the Border Reivers
  • Records of the Kelso Dispensary
  • Scottish Textile Industry Migration 1750-1950
  • Tips for Tracing Your 18th Century Scottish Ancestors Online

I first became interested in my own family history about 30 years ago. At that time Scottish resources were generally much harder to access than today. Now ScotlandsPeople and other sites have revolutionised access for people across the globe. A locally based experienced researcher like myself however can offer access to many other local records which have not been digitised and are consequently only available in local archives or the National Records of Scotland, held in Edinburgh. During recent lockdowns, I’ve been committed to making an increased number of family history resources available worldwide which have hitherto only been available to those searching locally in Scottish archive centres. In general, these are resources that I’ve found to be very useful for my own researching. 

Local knowledge can also be of significant help in trying to understand the movements of an individual in the Scotland of 200+ years ago. This improves the chances of success in tracing additional generations. With my own local knowledge I specialise in family history research in Dumfries and Galloway, The Scottish Borders (Berwickshire, Roxburghshire, Selkirkshire and Peeblesshire) and Ayrshire. I have been helping others trace their Scottish ancestry for over 20 years. I have a Postgraduate Diploma from the University of Strathclyde in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies.

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