CIVIL RECORDS

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

The statu­tory reg­is­tra­tion of births, mar­riages and deaths in Scot­land was not in­tro­duced un­til 1 Jan­uary 1855, 17 years af­ter Eng­land and Wales. Nev­er­the­less, the cer­tifi­cates (or reg­is­ters) is­sued north of the bor­der are more de­tailed than their south­ern coun­ter­parts.

In the first year, 1855, a huge amount of in­for­ma­tion was pro­vided but this proved un­sus­tain­able. There­after, death reg­is­ters give the de­ceased’s par­ents’ names, while birth reg­is­ters give date and place of par­ents’ mar­riage from 1861.

The in­dexes are on­line at scot­land­speo­ple.gov.uk, as are scanned his­tor­i­cal reg­is­ters with a 100-year clo­sure rule for births, 75 years for mar­riages and 50 years for deaths. The on­line in­dexes ex­tend be­yond th­ese clo­sure pe­ri­ods how­ever, and copies of more re­cent reg­is­ters can be or­dered via the web­site.

Statu­tory BMDs did not be­gin in Scot­land un­til 1855, but they are filled with use­ful in­for­ma­tion

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