It is estimated that approximately 50 million people around the world have Scottish ancestry, with the largest volume in North America and in other parts of the UK.
The desire to research Scottish roots and ancestry is particularly high in places where these Scots settled between the 18th and 20th centuries.
Many of these people claim to be able to trace Scottish ancestry back five generations or more, with many people in North America and Australasia have roots going back to one of Scotland’s great clans or families.
The clan system was the main political system in Scotland until the time of the battle of Culloden in 1746. The Highland Clearances eventually saw the end of the clan system, with thousands of Scots emigrating to the New World, seeking a better life, new work opportunities and improved wages.
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