WDYTYA? key documents: Lulu's episode

By Editor, 17 August 2017 - 9:02pm

Lulu's episode of Who Do You Think You Are? was filled with an exciting array of genealogical sources. We take a look at some of the most important documents seen on screen...

Lulu discovered more about her grandparents through a range of documents

Star source

Adoption and fostering records

Lulu discovers incredible detail of her mother’s early childhood through the records kept by the authorities who visited her mother’s foster parents regularly. These records are held at The Mitchell Library but are not open for general access until 100 years after the birth of the child involved. Information about what records are held and how to access them is available here.

Other key sources

Scottish birth, marriage and death certificates

From her mother’s birth certificate to her grandparents’ marriage record and her grandmother’s death certificate, civil registration documents play an important role in Lulu’s episode. Scottish researchers are lucky because their civil documents tend to contain more information than the English and Welsh equivalents, plus they can be ordered online for a small fee from ScotlandsPeople.

Employment records for the railway works

Lulu discovers that her grandfather was no good at holding down a job by looking at the North British Railway staff registers. These records are held at the National Records of Scotland in Edinburgh. You can find out more about surviving railway records here.

Passenger lists

Lulu discovers Hugh Cairns going to Boston, and returning again shortly after, by searching the Passenger Lists collections on Ancestry. The records that she looks at are not from the digitised collections from at The National Archives (also available on Ancestry as well as some on Findmypast), so you will need a ‘Worldwide’ subscription to access the records she looks at.

Glasgow prison records

Lulu discovers that her grandfather, Hugh Cairns, was in and out of prison at least ten times in ten years. Scottish prison records, including those from Duke Street and Barlinnie Prison, are also held at the National Records of Scotland.

Rutherglen Cemetery

Pre-1995 records for Rutherglen Cemetery are held at The Mitchell Library.

Belfast Weekly News

Lulu discovers that a minute’s silence was held at her great grandmother’s Orange Order Lodge to mark the death of her daughter in the pages of the Belfast Weekly News. This is available on the British Newspaper Archive and Findmypast.


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