Diane Baptie Picture by SeeSawPhotos: Gairloch Village and Baosbheinn (Hill of the Wizard), Wester Ross, Scotland.


About Me

My name is Diane Baptie and I live at the seaside in Portobello in Edinburgh.
I have a university degree and have been doing research for over 20 years

I am a member of ASGRA (the Association of Scottish Genealogists and Researchers in Archives).   We have all undergone tests as to our competence and have agreed to adhere to a strict Code of Practice

I attended a course on reading old handwriting run by the National Records of Scotland a number of years ago and since then have been kept busy transcribing a wide variety of documents


I am a Researcher in Archives and am experienced in searching records from the 16th century onward. I specialize in researching in the Historical Search Room in the National Records of Scotland (NRS) in Edinburgh and in the Special Collections Department Reading Room at the National Library of Scotland (NLS) there

I have undertaken research in records covering a wide variety of subjects for academics, PhD students, authors, businesses, institutions and local historians.

Many of my clients have been enterprising family historians who have wanted to go beyond births, marriages and deaths. Some have been frustrated by the gaps in the parish registers. Some have sought specific information about people and properties. Others have wanted to locate sources to prove whether unsubstantiated material which they have found in books or online is correct or not

I search original records which could help to:

  • reveal more details about a person, place or subject
  • verify or correct an online or printed source
  • assist in filling in gaps or finding earlier material
  • prove or disprove a family story

If you cannot visit the NRS or NLS personally or have been unable to complete your search while there, could I help with this?

Do you have a document which you have found difficult to understand? Would you like an explanation of it?

Have you downloaded a testament or a will from the ScotlandsPeople site or have a copy of another document which you would like transcribed? I can either do a full transcription of it or provide you with a summary in modern English

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