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Research Tools

This section contains some useful tools to help you get the most out of ScotlandsPeople.

Select a topic from the right menu which includes: some basic help with reading difficult handwriting; definitions of occupations, medical terms and unfamiliar, archaic or unusual words which you may come across in documents; abbreviations used to denote the types of documents included in the Wills & Testaments index.

Find out what wills & testaments can tell you about the way that Scots in past centuries lived and worked.

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