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Many Glaswe­gian Kirk ses­sion records, have not been digi­tised by the Na­tional Records of Scot­land, and must be con­sulted at Glas­gow City Ar­chives. This in­cludes many non­con­formist pres­by­te­rian Kirk ses­sion records, with their ac­com­pa­ny­ing bap­tismal, mar­riage and burial reg­is­ters. Reg­is­ters of the Se­ces­sion Churches in Scot­land,d by Diane Bap­tie (SAFHS, 2000), is a use­ful guide. The Fam­ily His­tory at the Mitchell ini­tia­tive has placed many on­line col­lec­tions at www. glas­gow­fam­i­ly­his­tory.org.uk/ Ex­ploreRecords/ Pages/On­line-re­sources. aspx, in­clud­ing the Vir­tual Mitchell pho­to­graphic ar­chive, the Evening Times Roll of Hon­our for the First World War, and much more. Civil reg­is­tra­tion records from 1855 for the city, pre-1855 Church of Scot­land reg­is­ters, and Ro­man Catholic parish reg­is­ters for sev­eral Glas­gow churches are avail­able on the pay-per-view Scot­land­sPeo­ple ser­vice at scot­land­speo­ple.gov.uk.

The Glas­gow Story ( the­glas­gow­story.com) has var­i­ous es­says on the city’s his­tory, and in­cludes digi­tised copies of the val­u­a­tion rolls for 1913-1914, as well as elec­toral ward maps.

Maps of cen­tral Glas­gow from 1881 and 1891 have been linked to search­able data from the cor­re­spond­ing Post Of­fice Di­rec­to­ries for the area at Ad­dress­ing His­tory ( ad­dress­inghis­tory. ed­ina.ac.uk). The di­rec­to­ries them­selves, from 1773-1942, are avail­able at bit.ly/1Ocr­bCe.

A handy list of old streets in Glas­gow that changed their names be­fore the 1940s is avail­able at glas­gowguide.co.uk/in­fos­treetschanged1.html.

An in­ter­est­ing re­source re­cently placed on­line by the Royal Col­lege of Physicians and Sur­geons in Glas­gow is the small­pox vac­ci­na­tions reg­is­ters col­lec­tion for the city from 1800-1825, avail­able at rcpsg.ac.uk/li­brary/dig­i­talvol­umes.aspx. A data­base of ad­mis­sion records from 1883-1903 for the Royal Hos­pi­tal for Sick Chil­dren in Glas­gow is also held on hharp.org.

Some Glas­gow news­pa­per ti­tles are avail­able on the Bri­tish News­pa­per Ar­chive ( british­news­pa­per­ar­chive.co.uk), but Google News Ar­chive ( news.google.com/ news­pa­pers) of­fers free ac­cess to the Glas­gow Her­ald (1806-1990), the Evening Times (19511990), the Glas­gow Ad­ver­tiser (1783-1801) and the Bulletin and Scots Pic­to­rial (1951-1960). Ig­nore the lat­ter’s er­ro­neous list­ing on the home­page as `Bulletin Jan 2, 1957- Feb 28, 1957’; in­stead, ac­cess the full decade’s worth of ma­te­rial at tinyurl.com/kuonyvr.

The Glesca Pals site at www.glesga.uk­pals. com hosts old school pho­tos, a fo­rum and more. Fi­nally, in­dexes of buri­als from sev­eral Glas­gow ceme­ter­ies are in­cluded at the Me­mento Mori site at me­mento-mori.co.uk.

The His­toric Hos­pi­tal Ad­mis­sions Records Pro­ject site The Dig­i­tal Vol­umes sec­tion of the Royal Col­lege of Physicians and Sur­geons in Glas­gow web­site

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