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Digital Imaging of Scottish Records
of The General Register Office for Scotland may contain more than 60million names,
but they are nearing completion of a vast project which will revolutionise genealogy
and make their entire collection of records available at the click of a mouse.
The scheme is known
as DIGROS - the Digital Imaging of the Genealogical Records of Scotland's People
and aims to create digital images of all the records they hold and make them accessible
world-wide. The project started six years ago with the production of images of
over four million names taken from the microfiche records of 1891 census.
of 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901 Census records and statutory births (1855 -
1905), marriages (1855 - 1930) and deaths (1855 - 1955) are all now available
the official government source of genealogical information. The Old Parish Registers
(1553 - 1854) and the Census records for 1841 and 1851 will become available online
shortly. Eventually the minor Records, like Service Returns and Marine Returns
will also be digitised for online use. If you register online you can opt to receive
the newsletter which will keep you informed of new additions to the website.
Digital images of records held by the National Archives of Scotland - wills and
testaments from 1513 to 1901 - were added to the website in 2005.
To access GROS
records, you have to buy page credits which cost £6.00 per 30 credits.
Access to the index of wills and testaments if free although there is a charge
for downloading colour images of related documents. Sessions last for seven consecutive
days so its best to have a good idea of what youre looking for, although
if you find youre making progress as time runs out you can buy more credits
online, and you keep unused credits should you need to visit again. Do be careful
with your credits though, as viewing GROS images costs 5 credits per image. You
wont lose any unused credits - they will be stored for your next session
- but you will have to buy more on your next visit to start searching again.
Focus on Clans and Gaelic Sources
the 1901 Census
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