About Craig R. Scott

More about Craig R. Scott, CG, FUGA

Craig R. Scott, CG is the right choice for you and your society or company. Few genealogist have the wide breadth of understanding of the genealogical marketplace. As President and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc. he has access to the resources of that company. Because of the relationships that Craig R. Scott, CG has with other professionals here and abroad, a team can be put together to solve any genealogical or society problem. 


Craig R. Scott, CG


Professional Experience:

  • Certified Genealogist
  • Fellow, Utah Genealogical Association
  • President and CEO, Heritage Books, Inc.
  • President and CEO, Association of One-Name Studies

Association and Society Experience

  • Past Director, Association of Professional Genealogists
  • Member, Company of Military Historians
  • Past Director, Maryland Genealogical Society
  • Past Director, Virginia Genealogical Society
  • Past President, Willow Bend Books
  • Past President, Council of Scottish Clans and Associations
  • Member, Editorial Board, National Genealogical Society Quarterly
  • Clan Scott Genealogist, 1985 - 2000
  • Coordinator, SLIG Guided Research and Consultation Track


Coordinator and Instructor Experience in the past:


  • Coordinator, Military Track, IGHR
  • Coordinator, Military Track, SLIG
  • Coordinator, Military Track, GRIP
  • Coordinator, Problem Solving Sessions, SLIG


ProGen Study Group


  • Mentor, ProGen Study Group 3
  • Mentor, ProGen Study Group 12
  • Mentor, ProGen Study Group 19


Awards and Recognitions:

  • Association of Professional Genealogists, Gramham T. Smallwood Award
  • Utah Genealogical Association, Silver Tray Award




Periodical Editorship:


The Scott Genealogical Quarterly

Northern Virginia Genealogy




The 'Lost' Pensions: Settled Accounts of 6 April 1838 (Revised Edition)


Marine Corps Deaths, 1917 - 1921


Records of the Accounting Officers of the Department of the Treasury, Inventory 14 (Revised)


Preliminary Inventory of the Records of the War Department Collection of Confederate Records (Revised)


Loudoun County, Virginia Tithables [co-author]


Index to the Fairfax County, Virginia  Register of Marriages [co-author]


New Jerusalem Luthern Church Cemetery, Lovettsville, Virginia




Genealogy at a Glance: Revolutionary War Genealogical Research


Bio: Following a twenty-year career in the U.S. Navy and a short stint as a Washington, D.C. consultant Craig R. Scott started his professional genealogical career as a researcher in the Washington, D.C. area. He began lecturing at national conferences in 1990. He became an author in 1992 and would own his own publishing company in 1995, Willow Bend Books. Through various acquisitions, his company would become Heritage Books, Inc. in 2003. Today Heritage Books, Inc. is a leading genealogical publishing firm with more than 8,500 titles in print. He continues to spend many weeks and weekends on the road lecturing and speaking at genealogical institutes and society meetings. 

Craig R. Scott, CG first became interested in genealogy when he was a teenager. After fifteen years of occasional forays into courthouses and archives, he learned that he was doing it all wrong. His mission to learn to do it right began in 1985 when he first joined the National Genealogical Society. And the journey began.


He became the Clan Scott, USA genealogist in 1985, a position he would hold for fifteen years. For nine years he was the editor of The Scott Genealogical Quarterly.


His first national lecture was in 1990 at the National Genealogical Society Conference in the States in Crystal City, Virginia. He has been lecturing locally, regionally, and nationally ever since.


He was the owner of Willow Bend Books and acquired several smaller genealogical publishing companies over the years. In 2003 he acquired Heritage Books and continued to publish titles under that name.


He was the longest-serving member of the Board of Directors, Association of Professional Genealogists. He has retired from that position.