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:
 
A local church unit is called a parish. There are three main types of parish records:
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* Births or baptisms
 
* Births or baptisms
 
 
* Marriages
 
* Marriages
 
 
* Proclamations
 
* Proclamations
 
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* Deaths or burials.
* Deaths or burials.<br>
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=== Blotter Registers ===
 
=== Blotter Registers ===
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* Other things the parish officers dealt with
 
* Other things the parish officers dealt with
  
== Church Records for Birth/Baptism, Marriages, Death/Burial ==
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==Church Records==
  
 
=== Births/Baptisms ===
 
=== Births/Baptisms ===
  
 
Births/baptisms generally include:
 
Births/baptisms generally include:
 
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* Name and surname of the child
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* Birth and/or baptism date and place
** Name and surname of the child
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* Parents’ names, including the maiden name of the mother
** 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:
 
Births/baptisms may include:
 
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* Child’s placement within the family
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* Father’s occupation and residence
** Child’s placement within the family
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* Names of witnesses
** Father’s occupation and residence
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** Names of witnesses
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=== Marriages ===
 
=== Marriages ===
  
 
Marriages generally include:
 
Marriages generally include:
 
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* Names of the bride and groom
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* Date and place of marriage/proclamation
** Names of the bride and groom
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** Date and place of marriage/proclamation
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Marriages may include:
 
Marriages may include:
 
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* Proclamation of intent to marry
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* Residences and groom’s occupation
** Proclamation of intent to marry
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* Marital status
** Residences and groom’s occupation
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* Names of fathers
** Marital status
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* Names of witnesses
** Names of fathers
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** Names of witnesses
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=== Deaths/Burials ===
 
=== Deaths/Burials ===
  
 
Deaths/burials generally include:
 
Deaths/burials generally include:
 
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* Name
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* Date and place of death or burial
** Name
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** Date and place of death or burial
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Deaths/burials may include:
 
Deaths/burials may include:
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* Occupation
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* Age at death
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* Names of relatives
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* Residence
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* 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:
** Occupation
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* Your ancestors were members of the Established Church but their events were not registered.
** Age at death
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* They were registered but the records have been lost over time.
** Names of relatives
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* They were nonconformists (members of other religions).
** Residence
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** Mortcloth dues (fee paid for the use of the funeral cloth or pall draped over the casket'
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'''NOTE:&nbsp;'''If you do not find your ancestors in the Established Church of Scotland registers, this may indicate that:
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** 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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=== Web Sites ===
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http://www.ancestor.abel.co.uk/records.html
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===External Links===
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*http://www.ancestor.abel.co.uk/records.html
  
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[[Category:Scotland]]

Revision as of 22:59, 22 August 2008

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
  • Proclamations
  • Deaths or burials.

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

Church Records

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

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'

NOTE: 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