I started at Christmas after dd1 asked me to 'make her a family tree'. After about 3 weeks of extremely late nights and about £100
spent on the Scotland's People website I now have over 560 people on my tree.
Nearly all the Scottish Parish and Civil records have been scanned back to about 1500 so it's possible to read handwritten marriage bans, births and deaths from the ledgers kept by the priests/ministers, as well as the later more formal records. They can be cut and paste into the records on the Ancestry tree. I've chased certain areas of interest (curiosity?) and been sent 17 pages of my great-grandmother's hospital records from 1887-1902 (with a photograph of her from 1887) as the old Scottish hospital records are held at Edinburgh University. Only yesterday I spoke to a retired colonel from a Highlanders Museum in Inverness in persuit of the story behind my aunt-in-law's father, who died in WW1.
I can see why it could take years to work on. I'm looking forward to the Scottish 1911 census coming online at the end of March, and have yet to work on the Irish records
It is really fascinating uncovering snippets of social history, and facts that my mother, aunts and uncles didn't know about relatives they knew. My maternal great-grandmother died 2 hours after giving birth to her fourth child (Birth and death certificates have the exact time on them as well as date), and in the census, which happened 2 weeks later it shows that her brother came to help look after familly and was staying in the house. My paternal great grandmother suffered post-natal depression (more like psychosis!) after 2 of her children were born, and the hospital records are interesing not just for all case notes, but also the first visit was paid as a 'private' patient and cost £45 in 1887(her husband was head coachman at a castle in Perthshire and I imagine the employers paid for her treatment. The notes on that visit talk about walks in the garden and her eating eggs, custard, fish etc and included the photograph. Her subsequent records where she was admitted but bot as a private patient they talk about skin, teeth, health education etc. The form asks if the admission is 'private or pauper' (!)