CHURCH RECORDS

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - SCOTTISH ANCESTORS -

Prior to 1855 we rely on Old Parish Reg­is­ters (OPRs) for doc­u­ment­ing bap­tisms, mar­riages and buri­als. The Church of Scot­land (the Kirk) com­piled th­ese fol­low­ing the Scot­tish Ref­or­ma­tion of 1560 when the coun­try broke with Rome. Not all sur­vive, but those that do are on Scot­land­sPeo­ple, and in­dexes are also on Find­my­past and Fam­i­lySearch (mar­riages for 1561-1910 are at fam­i­lysearch.org/search/ col­lec­tion/1771074 and bap­tisms for 1564-1950 at fam­i­lysearch.org/search­col­lec­tion/1771030).

The records vary wildly in the in­for­ma­tion they con­tain, but if you’re lucky, they may pro­vide oc­cu­pa­tions and res­i­dences. The­Ge­neal­o­gist and Ances­try have a se­lec­tion of tran­scrip­tions, found via the­ge­neal­o­gist.co.uk/cov­er­age/british­in­ter­na­tional-records/# Scot­land and search. ances­try.co.uk/Places/UK/Scot­land.

Catholic Reg­is­ters from the Scot­tish Catholic Ar­chives are on Scot­land­sPeo­ple. The Na­tional Records of Scot­land ( nrscot­land.gov.uk) houses many non­con­formist records, and Sta­tis­ti­cal Ac­counts of Scot­land from the 1790s and 1830s at ed­ina.ac.uk/stat-acc-scot de­scribe a parish’s religious make-up.

The Cal­en­dar of Con­fir­ma­tions needs to be con­sulted at the Na­tional Records of Scot­land to find wills and in­ven­to­ries af­ter 1925 ( nrscot­land.gov. uk/re­search/guides/ wills-and-tes­ta­ments).

A spe­cial col­lec­tion of First World War sol­diers’ wills is also on Scot­land­sPeo­ple. Many of th­ese were found in pay books strewn across the bat­tle­fields.

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