Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy


A wealth of new records for you to explore on the ScotlandsPeople website

A wealth of new records for you to explore on the ScotlandsPeople website

We are delighted to announce that the following records have been added to the site since our last email newsletter:

New 1881 census indexes and images: this now completes the set of Scottish census records 1841-1901, uniquely available on ScotlandsPeople. Please note that this new version is in addition to the current LDS version of the 1881 census (which does contain images)
Old Parish Records (OPR) Deaths & Burials indexes and images have now also been added from 1538 to 1854
Coats of Arms 1672-1907 (free to search) have been added
We hope that these three significant sets of data will help you to uncover more of your family’s past.

More Birth, Marriage and Death records added to the site, with more coming later in the year

More modern Birth, Marriage and Death (BMD) records have also now been added to the site. This now increases the range of statutory records, so you can trace your more recent ancestors:

Indexes of Scottish births and deaths now run from 1855 to 2006 with marriages from 1855 to 1933. Look out for the indexes to modern marriages, which will be added later this year.

Images of births are now available from 1855 to 1908, marriages from 1855 to 1933 and deaths from 1855 to 1958.

New ScotlandsPeople Centre & Famous Scots Exhibition

Scotland’s largest family history centre, the ScotlandsPeople Centre, is open in Edinburgh at the east end of Princes Street opposite the Balmoral Hotel. You can either visit us between 09:00 to 16:30 weekdays for £10 per day or we have free two hour introductory sessions from 10:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 16:00.

During the year of Homecoming Scotland 2009 we are exploring the family history of six well-known Scots in a series of six free Famous Scots exhibitions. After starting with Billy Connolly, we moved on to Nobel prize-winner Sir James Black. From the 25 May our attentions turned to rock singer and actress Shirley Manson.

Three more celebrated Scots will be featured through the year to December – their identities will be revealed in due course: the next is rumoured to be Emmy Award-winning actor Brian Cox.

Further details are available at

Online magazine ‘DiscoverMyPast’ is the first dedicated to Scottish family history

Finally, have you visited the online magazine published by brightsolid? Available only online, it is the first genealogical and historical reference resource dedicated to Scotland and its people.

It contains a wealth of information about Scottish history and latest news from the ScotlandsPeople centre. Visit it at

Thank you for your interest in ScotlandsPeople, all the best with your research.

The ScotlandsPeople team

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