and a big thank you to Glasgow's The Sunday Mail for the freebie belowThe Sunday Mail on genealogy
"we are also giving every reader 20 FREE credits - worth £4 - for searches on the ScotlandsPeople website - www.scotlands-people.gov.uk.
The website is one of the most comprehensive family history information sites in the world with more than 50million database records.
More than 500,000 people have registered with the site and it is the first port of call for those who wish to retrace their tartan roots.
STEP BY STEP GUIDE: Dr Richard Callison's tips
1. The golden rule in family history research is try to work backwards from what you already know.
Finding out about your history begins at home and you may be surprised at how much you already know or have access to within your extended family. . .. .
HOW TO CLAIM FREE SEARCHES WORTH £4
1. Go to www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk and click on the register button if you're a new user, or log in using your username and password if you already have an account.
2. New users will be required to complete a registration form before they can access the ScotlandsPeople site.
3. Once logged in, click on NEED MORE? on the top right hand side of the page.
4. You will be taken to a page where you should enter the voucher code sundaymail to access our great genealogy giveaway.
5. You will then be allocated your 20 FREE credits worth £4.
6. It costs five credits to view an image and one credit to view a page of search results.
7. Your 20 FREE credits voucher must be redeemed before 1pm on Wednesday, April 18, 2007. Your 20 FREE credits will then be valid for 90 days after you redeem the voucher.
HAVE YOU FOUND A LINK TO A FAMOUS ANCESTOR WHILE TRACING YOUR FAMILY TREE? TELL US ABOUT YOUR SEARCH, THERE'S £100 FOR EACH ONE WE PUBLISH. WRITE TO ROOTS, SUNDAY MAIL, 1 CENTRAL QUAY, GLASGOW, G3 8DA OR EMAIL MAILBOX@SUNDAYMAIL.CO.UK (PUT ROOTS IN THE SUBJECT FIELD)