MISSING FROM THE OPRS?
“Scottish Old Parish Registers ( OPRs) are predominantly the records of the Established Church of Scotland, but not all families attended the established church. Although you may be lucky, many Free Church or United Presbyterian Church members will not be recorded in the OPRs. The National Records of Scotland hold non- Established Church Registers, which you can search in person at the NRS, Princes Street, Edinburgh (check the online catalogue at www.nrscotland.gov.uk), or there’s Registers of the Secession Churches in Scotland, compiled by Diane Baptie, available from SAFHS ( safhs.org.uk). Sometimes kirk session records, also at the NRS, contain stray baptism, marriage or burial records, so they are worth consulting too.”
JANET BISHOP Chair of the Association of Scottish Genealogists & Researchers in Archives