Findo-Gask, Perthshire, Scotland Genealogy

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Parish #352

This is a guide to the history and major genealogical records of Scotland as they pertain to the parish of Findo-Gask. To learn more about how to use these records to search for your ancestors, go to the Scotland: Research Strategies.


History

GASK, NETHER, or FINDOGASK, a parish, in the county of Perth, 3 miles (N. W. by N.) from Dunning; containing the village of Clathy. The name of this place is supposed by some to be derived from a word in the Gaelic language, signifying "a slope;" but its etymology is extremely doubtful. The church was erected in 1800, and is a plain edifice in good repair, accommodating nearly 400 persons with sittings.[1]


The New Statistical Account of Scotland (pub. 1834-45) offers uniquely rich and detailed parish reports for the whole of Scotland, covering a vast range of topics including history, agriculture, education, trades, religion and social customs. The reports, written by the parish ministers, are available online at http://edina.ac.uk/stat-acc-scot/. Click on ‘Browse scanned pages’ then search the parish reports for your parish of interest. Also available at the Family History Library.

Census Records

A census is a count and description of the population, taken by the government, arranged by locality and by household. Read more about census records.

Here is a list of the Family History Library microfilm numbers for the census records of Findo-Gask, as well as the library numbers for any surname indexes available:

Year
FHL Film Number
Surname Indexes
1841
1042693
none
1851
1042264
941.32 X22p 1851 no. 352
1861
0103893
none
1871
0104074
none
1881
0203505
6086646 (6 fiche)
1891
0208734
none

The 1901 census of Scotland is indexed on www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk. To use it, you must register and pay a small access fee. All available censuses, 1841-1901, are indexed on this website. It may be easier for you to pay to use the website rather than access the separate indexes through the library.

Church Records

The Established Church of Scotland was Presbyterian. Read more about church records.
Here are the pre-1855 records that exist for this parish.

Established Church—Old Parochial Registers

Record Type Years Covered FHL Film Number
Births: 1669-1679 1040080 item 2-3

1703-1709 1040080 item 2-3

1756-1855 1040080 item 2-3

1716-1720 - session book 1040080 item 2-3
Marriages: 1669-1679 1040080 item 2-3

1703-1709 1040080 item 2-3

1757-1856 1040080 item 2-3

1716-1744 - proclamations 1040080 item 2-3
Deaths: 1669-1677 - mortcloth dues 1040080 item 2-3

1765-1819 1040080 item 2-3

 

Condition of Original Registers—

Indexed: For an index to these records, see Scotland’s People website, a pay-for-view website. The Scottish Church Records Index is also still available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.  Some records may also be indexed in other FamilySearch collections for Scotland.
Births: Births are intermixed with marriages and deaths until June 1677, and with marriages until December 1679. There are no entries for December 1679–June 1703, November 1709–January 1716, and October 1720–December 1755. Mothers' names are not recorded during 1703–1765.
Marriages: There are no marriage entries for December 1679–June 1703, November 1709–January 1716, July 1744–November 1757, July 1787–February 1789, and July 1811–February 1813.
Deaths: The record is burials until 1677. There are no entries for June 1677–July 1765, from which date until 1819 the record is only of Mortcloth Dues.
Source: Key to the Parochial Registers of Scotland, by V. Ben Bloxham, pub. 1970. British Book 941 K23b.

Established Church—Kirk Session Records

The Kirk session was the court of the parish. The session was made up of the minister and the land owners and business men of the parish, chosen to serve on the session. The Kirk session dealt with moral issues, minor criminal cases, matters of the poor and education, matters of discipline, and the general concerns of the parish. Kirk session records may also mention births, marriages, and deaths.

Here is a list of the surviving Kirk session records for this parish:

There are no known pre-1855 records.

Roll of Male Heads of Families

An 1836 list of male heads of families in this parish can be found here.

Nonconformist Church Records

A nonconformist church is any church that is not the Established church. Read more about nonconformity in Scotland in the article on the Scotland Church Records Union Lists.

There were no known nonconformist groups in this parish.

Civil Registration Records

Government or civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths (also called statutory records) began on January 1, 1855 in Scotland. Each parish has a registrar's office and large cities have several. The records are created by the registrars and copies are sent to the General Register Office in Edinburgh. Annual indexes are then created for the records for the whole country.
See the article on Scotland Civil Registration for more information and to access the records.

Probate Records

Findo-Gask was under the probate jurisdiction of the Commissary Court of Dunblane until 1823, and since then has been under the Sheriff's Court of Dunblane. Probate records for 1513- 1901 are indexed online at www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk. You must register on the website but use of the index to probate records, called 'Wills & Testaments,' is free. You may then purchase a copy of the document or, if the document is before 1823, it will be on microfilm at the Family History Library. To find the microfilm numbers, search in the library catalog for the 'Place-names' of Perthshire and the subject of 'Probate records.' Then click on the link to the records of the Commissariat of Dunblane.

The library also has some post-1823 probate records for Perthshire. Look in the library catalog for the 'Place-names' of Perthshire and the subjects of 'Probate Records' and 'Probate Records - Indexes.'

Read more about Scotland Probate Records.

References

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland (1846), pp. 458-478. Adapted. Date accessed: 08 May 2014.


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