Civil registration records
Civil registration began in Scotland in 1855. The General Register
Office for Scotland (GROS) holds birth, marriage and death certificates
dating from 1 January 1855.
a web site at http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/
containing general family research information.
Old Parish Records
Prior to 1855, though they are largely unindexed, Old Parish Records
contain details of baptisms, marriages and burials compiled by Church
of Scotland clerks.
These are available for every 10 years from 1841 - 1891. The 1901
census became available in January 2002. These records are useful
as they provide information such as name, age, occupation, relation
to head and place of birth for every person residing at that address.
To search these records in person, visit New
Register House (3 West Register Street, Edinburgh EH1
3YT), which is open from 9 - 4.30pm Monday to Friday. It is advisable
to pre-book, though you can just turn up.
The Glasgow Genealogy Centre
at 22 Park Circus also provides access to Glasgow records and indexes
to non-Glasgow (Scottish) records. The Mitchell
Library also has a dedicated family research room containing
various resources for family research.
If, however, you wish to search online go to a
new website called
Scotland's People - http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk.
is the official Government source for Scottish family research and
is currently being developed by GROS in partnership with Scotland
On Line. It contains birth, marriage and death certificates from
1856 - 1901 plus digital images. It also has Old Parish Register
records dating from 1553 - 1854 as well as census returns.
Finally, the National Archives of Scotland
(General Register House, Edinburgh EH1 3YY) provides access
to wills, deeds and valuation rolls.