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FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

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Collection Time Period

This index covers events from 1564 through 1950.

Record Description

This index is an electronic database of information compiled from a variety of sources including the following:

  • Family Records
  • Church Records
  • Civil Registration

This index is not complete for any particular place or region.


Record Content

The key genealogical facts found in birth or christening index entries may include:

  • Name of the child
  • Gender
  • Names of the parents
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Christening date (if the source is a church record)
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

The key genealogical facts found in marriage index entries may include:

  • Name of bride and groom
  • Names of the parents
  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

The key genealogical facts found in death or burial index entries may include:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Gender
  • Names of the parents
  • Name of the spouse (if married)
  • Death or burial date
  • Death or burial place
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

How to Use the Record

Use this index to help you learn more about your ancestors. The information could help you identify family relationships and lineages as well as direct you to original records of your ancestors, which may contain additional information.

In birth or christening records, if a surname is not listed for the child, the indexer often assigns the father’s surname to the child. This surname may not be correct. So if you are looking for a birth or christening, search by the given name of the child, adding parents' names and as much locality information as is permitted.

Each entry in this index has a source listed which includes a batch number. You will need to trace the batch number for the individual entry to learn its source. Please see the following wiki articles for more information on batch numbers:

IGI

IGI Batch Number Descriptions

Record History

For over 30 years, volunteer indexers extracted this information from microfilm copies of the original records. In 2001, some of the entries were published on 16 CDs by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the “British Isles Vital Records Index: England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.” This index is an index of the births or christenings; marriages; and deaths or burials throughout Scotland. The index is not necessarily complete for any particular place or region.

Why This Record Was Created

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored the indexing of this collection to help individuals find information about their ancestors.

Record Reliability

Church records and civil registration were official records and are some of the most reliable sources of information available for those who were born, married, or died in Scotland.

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Contributions to This Article

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Sources of This Collection

"Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950" database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/). Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.

"Scotland Marriages, 1561-1910" database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/). Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.

"Scotland Deaths" database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/). Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.

Each entry in this index has a source listed. The index may be a compilation of records from a variety of sources, including the following:

  • Family Records
  • Church Records
  • Civil Registration

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from the record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find th record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you do not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched in found in the Wiki Article: How to Create Source Citations for FamilySearch Historical Records Collections

Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection:

  • Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564–1955. Digital images, from FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: February 9, 2011). Birth of Peter Hennessy—4 July 1881—St. Peter, Dundee, Angus, Scotland—film number 232638.
  • Scotland Marriages, 1561–1910. Digital images, from FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: February 9, 2011). Marriage of Andrew Shinan and Janet Wilson—4 December 1811—Kilmarnock, Ayr, Scotland—film number 1041386.

 

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