Once you have exhausted your own lines of enquiry using family material, then
you have to think about accessing other sources. These sources should also be
used to validate family oral history where possible.
The first port of call for anyone researching their Scottish roots. It is
the result of a partnership between the General Register Office for Scotland,
the National Archives of Scotland and the Court of the Lord Lyon to make more
Scottish genealogical records from New Register House searchable online.
At present the database contains entries for: Old Parish Registers from the 16th
to 19th century; statutory birth, marriage and death certificates from 1855 onwards;
and census records.
The website gives access to a fully searchable index of:
· marriages 1553-1930
· deaths 1855-1955
· census data 1861-1901
· wills and testaments 1513-1901
To respect privacy of living people, internet access has been limited to birth
records over 100 years old, marriage records over 75 years, and death records
over 50 years. View, save and print images of many of the original documents,
and order extracts of any register entries of interest to be mailed to you.
See the Feature for more on accessing the
Go to www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk
for more information about the records in the database.
NEW REGISTER HOUSE
This is home to the General Register Office for Scotland (GROS) and is situated
in Edinburgh. If you require information not contained in the Scotland's People
online database, you may need to visit the bulding itself. There is currently
a £17 daily charge, and you should call in advance. The building is currently
undergoing a transformation to turn it and the adjacent General Register House
- home to the National Archives of Scotland - into a Family History Centre (see
for further information) so there may be some disruption to visitors prior to
the completion of works in Spring 2007.
This is the General Register Offices for Scotland(GROS) and is housed in
Edinburgh. As well as all the physical records listed in the Scotland's People
database above, New Register House contains:
· Census returns for 1841 1851 (these are currently being added
to the Scotland's People database)
· Army, Navy and Air Force Registers
· Register of Divorced (from 1984). Records names of parties, date and
place of marriage and divorce and any provisions made.
· Register of Neglected Entries from 1801 1854. These are births,
deaths and marriages that have been proved to have occurred but were not recorded
in the OPRs.
· Adopted Children Register. The earliest entry is 1909.
· Scottish births, deaths and marriages occurring outside Scotland.
NATIONAL LIBRARY OF SCOTLAND
This is Scotlands largest library. They have:
· Books explaining how to trace your ancestry
· Scottish Historical clubs and societies (from the 19th century)
· State papers
· Electoral Registers a list of voters
· Military listings
· Graduation rolls
· Emigration (they have passenger lists and info from the mid 16th century)
· Newspapers some going as far back to the 18th century
· Social and local history info
NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF SCOTLAND (NAS)
(Formerly the Scottish Record Office)
This holds a very varied collection of records from the 12th century to the present
day. The NAS is housed in two different buildings, so it is crucial that you phone
in advance with your requirements as it can take a couple of days to order the
material you have requested. The archives include:
· Formal records from places like the law courts, land transfers, estate
papers, church records.
· The register of wills and testaments from as far back as the 16th century
· The register of Sasines from 1617, which records the transfer of land
· Valuation of Rolls list of properties and land, and the names
of the owners and tenants.
· Services of heirs and Retours of heirs which gives proof of heirs.
THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES
(England and Wales)
The National Archives of England, Wales and the United Kingdom has one of the
largest archival collections in the world, spanning 1000 years of British history,
from the Domesday Book of 1086 to government papers recently released to the public.
The records relevant to genealogy include:
· Indexes of births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales from 1837.
· Indexes of adoptions in England and Wales from 1927
· Indexes of some births, marriages and deaths of British nationals and
British Armed Forces, which took place abroad, from the late eighteenth century
including both World Wars.
· Census returns for England and Wales (1841-1901)
Wills and administrations from the PCC up to 1858
· Death Duty registers (1796-1858) and indexes (1796-1903)
· Records of nonconformist births, baptisms and burials (mainly pre-1837)
and marriages (mainly pre-1754)
· Miscellaneous foreign returns of births, deaths and marriages from 1627
· Access to online resources including DocumentsOnline (with free image
downloads) and 1901 Census Online.
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