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Church of Scotland: Church records

Church records are the christenings or baptisms, marriages, and burials recorded in registers by church officials at the time of an event. Death or burial records usually give only the name of the deceased and the date of burial. Sometimes the date of death and the deceased's age, residence, and parent or spouse's name may be given. A widow's burial record may give her maiden name. Church of Scotland parish registers are often missing burial records. Sometimes mortcloth dues (a fee paid for use of a funeral cloth) were recorded instead of burials.

Accessing the records
For more information about Church of Scotland records and how to access them, click here.

Why go to the next record
You may want to go to the next record because:
1. You did not find any information in the above record.
2. You found information but it conflicts with what you know.
3. You found information but would like to find additional details.

Census: Census

A census is a count and description of the population. Government census records were taken every ten years starting in 1841. The 1841 through 1891 censuses are currently available. They are especially valuable because they list the majority of the population and are available at many repositories. In these records you may find names of the members of a household, and each person's age, gender, marital status, relationship to the head of the household, occupation, address, and place of birth. Census records can provide clues that may lead you to other records.

Why go to the next record
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1. You did not find any information in the above record.
2. You found information but it conflicts with what you know.
3. You found information but would like to find additional details.

Dissenters: Church records

Anyone who did not adhere to the teachings of the Established Church of Scotland was considered a nonconformist or a dissenter. Dissenters could also include people who belonged to religious organizations that broke from the Established church. Dissenter groups kept separate records. In these records you may find baptisms, marriages, minutes of meetings, communion rolls, and other records of value.

Why go to the next record
You may want to go to the next record because:
1. You did not find any information in the above record.
2. You found information but it conflicts with what you know.
3. You found information but would like to find additional details.

Kirk Session: Church records

The Kirk session is the lowest ecclesiastical court of the Presbyterian Church, held on the parish level. It consists of the minister and a number of elders of the parish. The records deal with the business and organization of the parish and discipline of members. They may include lists of communicants, accounts of money paid to the poor, testimonials of persons moving from one parish to another, and details about illegitimate births and alleged fathers.

Why go to the next record
You may want to go to the next record because:
1. You did not find any information in the above record.
2. You found information but it conflicts with what you know.
3. You found information but would like to find additional details.


 

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