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Scottish genealogist and family historian - Jo Graham, FSA Scot


Jo Graham, FSA Scot, of Our Scots - Scottish Genealogist in Edinburgh

After leaving Napier College 25 years ago I worked for a company that carried out searches on Scottish Limited Companies.  Sometimes, we were requested to carry out other types of search, and it was my job to travel around Edinburgh and check for Births, Deaths and Marriages, search in the Register of Sasines or check Inhibitions & Adjudications at Meadowbank House, and I found the work very interesting, especially the historical aspect.

Previous clients have been known to raid the suitcase under Mum’s bed!


Many years later, I set up Our Scots Genealogy Research, exclusively focusing on Scottish family history research, with the aim of producing meticulously-researched and fully documented reports, with exceptional presentation. I carry out all the research and report production personally – the book-binding is the only part of the process which has to be sub-contracted, if you choose that presentation option. I can include within your report scans of photographs or family documents that you have – previous clients have been known to raid the suitcase under Mum’s bed for old photographs to put in a surprise report.


Although many records are now available online, there is a wealth of information which can only be accessed by visiting in person, or requesting a researcher to do so on your behalf. My main “place of work” is at New Register House in Edinburgh (home of Births/Deaths/Marriages & Census information) although I often work at National Archives of Scotland, or at various local studies centres and libraries.

I am occasionally requested to travel to places such as the A K Bell Library in Perth, or St Andrews University Special Collections, to check documents and obtain copies. 

I am a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, a member of the Scottish Genealogy Society and Association of Professional Genealogists and have completed Edinburgh University/National Archives of Scotland “Old Handwriting 1500 – 1700” course.


Undertaking genealogical research is fascinating, and extremely satisfying, whether it is helping someone who needs a hand to get their research over a hurdle, or producing a full family tree report. 


Family history research is a very personal thing, and it is important that there is a rapport between the client and the genealogist, so please feel free to call me to discuss your options and requirements.


New Register House in Edinburgh, where I carry out much of my Scottish ancestral research


Many of my clients keep in touch long after they have received their reports, and it is always good to hear what they and their family think about the results of my research. It is particularly gratifying to have feedback when a large report has been hand-bound as a book to be presented as a surprise gift at a special occasion, such as Dad’s 80th birthday, or as a retirement present from everyone at work.



I look forward to hearing from you







Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland


Member of the Scottish Genealogy Society



  Member of the Association of Professional Genealogists

Member of the Association of Professional Genealogists



Well Researched - Well Presented - Wonderfully Received!









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