Scotland Established (Presbyterian) Church Records

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The Scottish government did not begin general registration of births, marriages, and deaths until 1855. Prior to that date, church records are the prime source for family information. If you have Scottish ancestry, you must become familiar with, and learn to use, Scottish church records.
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The Scottish government did not begin general registration of births, marriages, and deaths until 1855. Prior to that date, church records are the prime source for family information. If you have Scottish ancestry, you must become familiar with, and learn to use, Scottish church records.  
  
A local church unit is called a parish. There are three main types of parish records:
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A local church unit is called a parish. There are three main types of parish records:  
  
=== Parish Registers ===
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== Parish Registers ==
  
Parish registers, also known as “[[Scotland Old Parochial Registers (OPR)|''Old Parochial Records'']],” contain records of:
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Parish registers, also known as “[[Scotland Old Parochial Registers (OPR)|''Old Parochial Records'']],” contain records of:  
  
* Births or baptisms
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*Births or baptisms  
* Marriages
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*Marriages or proclamations
* Proclamations
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*Deaths or burials.
* Deaths or burials.
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=== Blotter Registers ===
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=== Births/Baptisms  ===
  
Blotter registers are draft copies of parish registers.
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Births/baptisms generally include:
  
=== Kirk Session Records ===
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*Name and surname of the child
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*Birth and/or baptism date and place
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*Parents’ names, including the maiden name of the mother
  
Kirk session records are the business records of the parish and include records:
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Births/baptisms may include:  
  
* Poor
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*Child’s placement within the family
* Matters of discipline
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*Father’s occupation and residence
* Other things the parish officers dealt with
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*Names of witnesses
  
==Church Records==
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=== Marriages/Proclamations  ===
  
=== Births/Baptisms ===
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Marriages generally include:
  
Births/baptisms generally include:
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*Names of the bride and groom
* Name and surname of the child
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*Date and place of marriage/proclamation
* Birth and/or baptism date and place
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* Parents’ names, including the maiden name of the mother
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Births/baptisms may include:
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Marriages may include:  
* Child’s placement within the family
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* Father’s occupation and residence
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* Names of witnesses
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=== Marriages ===
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*Proclamation of intent to marry
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*Residences and groom’s occupation
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*Marital status
 +
*Names of fathers
 +
*Names of witnesses
  
Marriages generally include:
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=== Deaths/Burials  ===
* Names of the bride and groom
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* Date and place of marriage/proclamation
+
  
Marriages may include:
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Deaths/burials generally include:  
* Proclamation of intent to marry
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* Residences and groom’s occupation
+
* Marital status
+
* Names of fathers
+
* Names of witnesses
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=== Deaths/Burials ===
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*Name
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*Date and place of death or burial
  
Deaths/burials generally include:
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Deaths/burials may include:  
* Name
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* Date and place of death or burial
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Deaths/burials may include:
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*Occupation  
* Occupation
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*Age at death  
* Age at death
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*Names of relatives  
* Names of relatives
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*Residence  
* Residence
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*Mortcloth dues (fee paid for the use of the funeral cloth or pall draped over the casket'
* Mortcloth dues (fee paid for the use of the funeral cloth or pall draped over the casket'
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'''NOTE: '''If you do not find your ancestors in the Established Church of Scotland registers, this may indicate that:
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== Blotter Registers  ==
* Your ancestors were members of the Established Church but their events were not registered.
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* They were registered but the records have been lost over time.
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Blotter registers are draft copies of parish registers.
* They were nonconformists (members of other religions).
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== Kirk Session Records  ==
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Kirk session records are the business records of the parish and include records:  
 +
 
 +
*Poor
 +
*Matters of discipline
 +
*Other things the parish officers dealt with
 +
 
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== If your ancestors are not in the records  ==
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If you do not find your ancestors in the Established Church of Scotland registers, this may indicate that:  
 +
 
 +
*Your ancestors were members of the Established Church but their events were not registered.  
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*They were registered but the records have been lost over time.  
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*They were nonconformists (members of other religions).
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== External Links  ==
  
===External Links===
 
 
*http://www.ancestor.abel.co.uk/records.html
 
*http://www.ancestor.abel.co.uk/records.html
  
 
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[[Category:Scotland]]

Revision as of 21:39, 10 January 2011

The Scottish government did not begin general registration of births, marriages, and deaths until 1855. Prior to that date, church records are the prime source for family information. If you have Scottish ancestry, you must become familiar with, and learn to use, Scottish church records.

A local church unit is called a parish. There are three main types of parish records:

Contents

Parish Registers

Parish registers, also known as “Old Parochial Records,” contain records of:

  • Births or baptisms
  • Marriages or proclamations
  • Deaths or burials.

Births/Baptisms

Births/baptisms generally include:

  • Name and surname of the child
  • Birth and/or baptism date and place
  • Parents’ names, including the maiden name of the mother

Births/baptisms may include:

  • Child’s placement within the family
  • Father’s occupation and residence
  • Names of witnesses

Marriages/Proclamations

Marriages generally include:

  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Date and place of marriage/proclamation

Marriages may include:

  • Proclamation of intent to marry
  • Residences and groom’s occupation
  • Marital status
  • Names of fathers
  • Names of witnesses

Deaths/Burials

Deaths/burials generally include:

  • Name
  • Date and place of death or burial

Deaths/burials may include:

  • Occupation
  • Age at death
  • Names of relatives
  • Residence
  • Mortcloth dues (fee paid for the use of the funeral cloth or pall draped over the casket'

Blotter Registers

Blotter registers are draft copies of parish registers.

Kirk Session Records

Kirk session records are the business records of the parish and include records:

  • Poor
  • Matters of discipline
  • Other things the parish officers dealt with

If your ancestors are not in the records 

If you do not find your ancestors in the Established Church of Scotland registers, this may indicate that:

  • Your ancestors were members of the Established Church but their events were not registered.
  • They were registered but the records have been lost over time.
  • They were nonconformists (members of other religions).

External Links