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Civil Registration:  
Births, Marriages, Deaths
        Registration of vital events by the Scottish government began in 1855. 
        These records are now available via the internet in digital format.
        Registration is required Some images $ 

Event Time Frame
Births 1855-1906
Deaths 1855-1956
Marriages 1855-1931

       General indexes to civil registration microfilm #'s available at LDS FamilySearch Centers 
       Births, Marriages, Deaths information exchange: 
       To order online: 

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Census Records:
   Census are available thru 1841-1901.  They are very helpful in identifying birthplace and residence in Scotland. 
        Many are fully indexed and available online. 

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Church Records:
    The Presbyterian Church was officially recognized at the State church for Scotland in 1690. 
        Any other churches were called non-conformist churches.
        Old parochial Registers of the Church of Scotland prior to 1855 contain birth, marriage, death, and burial
        information recorded in parishes. 
        All 33 counties are on microfiche at MFSL Film #6025611 - 6025742 
        Further information on accessing these and other Scotland church records can be 
        found at: 

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        Guide to maps, burghs, counties, parishes, towns, islands, settlements,
        "Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland" by Francis H. Groome Call # 941 / E5g,
        Fiche # 6020319-6020411 both available at MFSL

        More information

Other Records of Interest: 
        ·  Wills and Testaments 1500s-1875
        ·  Non-conformist church records (Catholic, Free Church etc)
        ·  Sasine records, recording changes in ownership of land
        ·  Estate records, detailing tenants, etc.
        ·  Criminal records
        ·  Services of Heirs, recording inheritance of land by heirs
        ·  Valuation Rolls (most post 1855), detailing value of land, together with details of proprietors and occupiers
        ·  Burgh Records

        ·  Taxes
        ·  National Archive of Scotland - Digital Catalogue with search features:

        ·  Tracing your Scottish Ancestry -

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