ScotlandsPeople is the official Scottish genealogy resource and one of the largest online sources.
Whatever you are researching UK ancestry, Scottish family history or building your Scottish
family tree, take a look through our 90 million records.
Go to: www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk
The titles of some of the records are different from the United States. Check out the following
1. Statutory Registers: Births, Marriages and Deaths.
2. Old Parish Registers: Births and Baptisms; Banns and Marriages; Deaths and Burials.
3. Catholic Church Registers: Births and Baptisms; Banns and Marriages; Deaths and Burials.
3A Other events: communicats and converts; confessions (not actual confession, but a
record of a person going to confession before Holy Communion). This record will list
the indidivual's name, parish and date.
3C Seat Rents: parishoner pays a fee for a reserved pew. These records can confirm residence
in a parish and where parishoner sat in the chapel. There are more events to be looked at.
4. Census Records: 1841, 1851, 1861, etc. NOTE: That the Scottish Census was always taken in the
number one year.
5. Valuation Rolls: 1915.
6. Free Search Results: Wills and Testaments; Coat of Arms. If you find one on your ancestor there
is a fee to view the actual document.
A merger between "National Archives of Scotland" (NAS) and the "General Register Office for Scotland"
(GROS) to form the National Records of Scotland (NRS) in April 2011, the time was right to reflect
the fact that the records are from the same organisation, by standardising the payment process.
The change should make it easier and more straightforward for using these records.
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1905 Valuations Rolls are now live on the ScotlandsPeople Website. These records comprising over 2.4 million indexed names and over 74,000 digital images, covering evry kind of building, structure or property in Scotland which were assessed as having a rateable value in 1905. Searchable by name and address.
What the Rolls contain:
The rolls record the names of owners, tenants ande occupiers of each property, unlike the full lists of family members to be found in the censuses. The named person is usually the head of the household but sometimes a husband and wife might be listed. The valuations rools include alll social classes-so you can read about folk who lived in tenements to owners of mansions and country estates.
What you can learn:
You can learn about who was living at a certain address, and whether they owned or rented the property. You also see the rent that was paid for the house or flat, and the rateable value of the property. As the 1905 VRs' appear bedtween the census years of 1901 and 1911, the new records will also help researchers to find ancestors who disappeared between censuses.
This update has much more information, so check out Scotlands People website.
New Update: The following information is now available on ScotlandsPeople website: Statutory Indexes for 2012. Also Scottish Shops in the 18th Century--Shop Tax Rolls (1785-1789).
Update: The 1895 Valuations Rolls are now live on ScotlandsPeople website.