If your surname is Kinghorn, or a derivative like Kingham, then you name probably has it's roots in the Royal Burgh of Kinghorn. However, someone with the Kinghorn surname probably left Kinghorn in the the 13th century. In the 13th century if 'James' left Kinghorn to work in Kirkcaldy he would have been called James from Kinghorn to distinguish him from James from Kirkcaldy. Over time these became James Kinghorn and James Kirkcaldy. By the 14th century surnames like this were well established.
Because of the early date that someone with the Kinghorn surname left Kinghorn it is unlikely for any evidence of them to be left in Kinghorn. There are no entries for the Kinghorn surname or its derivatives in the Kinghorn Parish Register or other documents in Kinghorn.
1. The National Records of Scotland.
This is the main source for family history information in Scotland. The National Records of Scotland were formed by the amalgamation of the ScotlandsPeople (GROS) and The National Archives of Scotland.
2. Scotlands People
ScotlandsPeople (GROS) This can be accessed in person at the ScotlandsPeople Centre in Princes Street, Edinburgh or online at: http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/ a pay per view site. The following can be accessed at ScotlandsPeople:
3. National Records of Scotland
The National Recrds of Scotland is located at the east end of Princes Street in Edinburgh above the ScotlandsPeople Centre. The National Records of Scotland holds and makes available historical records created by businesses, landed estates, families, churches and other corporate bodies. Although a number of records have been digitized and are available on computer at the National Archives of Scotland, there are no records available online at present. Useful documents available in digitized format in the Historical search room include:
The catalogue of records held may be searched at: http://www.nas.gov.uk/onlineCatalogue/ and copies of documents may be ordered online. The catalogue lists individuals as well as places.
4. Scottish Archive Network (SCAN)
Scottish Archive Network (SCAN) Site includes a directory of Scottish archives and associations, links to other Web sites, a very useful section on Scottish handwriting and other useful background information. The SCAN public catalogue provides a searchable database of the collections of 52 Scottish archives. http://www.scan.org.uk/catalogue.
5. LDS Family Search
LDS FamilySearch (Church of the Latterday Saints)
6. Fife Family History Society
Fife Family History Society has a number of records and maps about Fife Parishes available on their website at: http://fifefhs.org/
7. Fife Archive Service
Fife Archive Service, Bankhead Central, Bankhead Park, Glenrothes ,Fife, KY7 6GH
You need an appointment to visit. There are a number of publications about Fife people and parishes listed on the website. Of particular interest may be:
The catalogue may also be searched at: http://www.fifedirect.org.uk/topics/index.cfm?fuseaction=service.display&p2sid=C9430229-2F03-4BA3-A16A-8931C82296C7&themeid=98A56687-9A34-4494-A43C-68E07CCAE64E
Ancestry.co.uk is a subscription sites that has a variety of Scottish Records available including transcripts of the Scottish Census 1841-1901. http://www.ancestry.co.uk/
9. Records of the Parliaments of Scotland
Records of the Parliaments of Scotland to 1707. University of St. Andrews. Searchable by name and place. http://www.rps.ac.uk/
10. The National Archives (Kew).
The National Archives (Kew). Although in England the National Archives holds records on Scotland and Scottish people. The catalogue is searchable by name or place for many records about Scotland, Fife or Kinghorn. Many references for military or seafaring ancestors. Some documents are readily downloadable for a small charge and others may be ordered online.
11. Fastii Ecclesiasticae Scoticanae
Fastii Ecclesiasticae Scoticanae. Lists all the Church of Scotland ministers from the Reformation until the twentieth century. Vol 5 covers Fife.
12. Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Lists all the casualties from WW1 and WW11 with their place of burial or commemoration. http://www.cwgc.org/
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