Kettins, Angus, Scotland Genealogy

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Parish #294

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


History

KETTINS, a parish, in the county of Forfar; containing the villages of Campmuir, Ford of Pitcur, Ley of Hallyburton, and Peatie, 1 mile (S. E. by E.) from Cupar-Angus. The church was built in 1768.[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 Kettins, as well as the library numbers for any surname indexes available:

Year
FHL Film Number
Surname Indexes
1841
1042678
6203961
1851
1042225
none
1861
0103791
none
1871
0103947
none
1881
0203493
6086580 (12 fiche)
1891
0208722
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: 1650-1819 0993438

1820-1854 0993438
Marriages: 1618-1648 0993438

1652-1682 0993438

1685-1854 0993438
Deaths: 1685-1854 0993438

 

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: The births at June 1713 are imperfect. They are blank August 1717–September 1719 and defective 1728–1748.
Marriages: Marriage records 1634–1648 are very much wasted by dampness and want of care. There are no entries 1647–January 1652. Prior to August 1682 the record is one of contracts and proclamations mixed with other matters. Records are blank from the latter date to October 1685, when a separate register of contracts and marriages is commenced. There are no entries December 1716–May 1718 and they are blank August 1726–July 1772.
Burials: Burial records are blank December 1716–October 1750.
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:

Minutes 1682–1875
Collections 1718–1728
Accounts 1750–1764
Note: Available at the National Archives of Scotland, Edinburgh, record CH2/518

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 List.

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.

No known nonconformist groups.

Probate Records

Kettins was under the probate jurisdiction of the Commissary Court of St.Andrews until 1823, and since then has been under the Sheriff's Court of Dundee. 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  Angus and the subject of 'Probate records.' Then click on the link to the records of the Commissariat of St.Andrews.

The library also has some post-1823 probate records for Angus. Look in the library catalog for the 'Place-names' of Angus 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. 499-514. Adapted. Date accessed: 5 June 2014.


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