For the past three days, I have been working to improve my evidence of my granite cutting Scottish ancestors. I am getting better at finding births, marriages and deaths at Scotland's People. You pay a credit for each search, and 5 if you want to view the actual record.
30 credits costs 6 pounds which is about 8 dollars. I have purchased 18 credits. Oh, yes, and then there is a time limit. It's is longer that it used to be but still I feel pressured.
I have received some good advise from some Facebook friends who live in the UK and between that and the work I did in a course a long time ago, I am finding the actual records without wasting too many credits.
My grandmother's maiden name was Aiken. My first cousin told me that they spelled it with a t in the old country. Most of the time, I am finding they did not. But each time I don't find what I am looking for, I have to go back and spell it as Aitken. I am amused at the many "jobs" of working with granite. My favorite is "stone dresser"
Using the Scotland census records at Ancestry.com is a big help. It is especially great if I find a widowed father living with the family because then I have a chance at confirming the wife's maiden name.
It is slow going but rewarding when I find one that I am sure is right. With this line, I have found an unbroken lineage of quarry workers. I am back to Alexander Aiken born about 1801 in Peterculter, Aberdeenshire. His father-in-law, Alexander Esson is living with them so now I can be reasonably sure that his wife Janet's maiden name is Esson. This is the 1851 Scottish census.
I think I'd better transcribe what I found today before I forget what I found and what I didn't.
Such is the life of the genealogist.....