Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy


New modern marriage record indexes, the ancestry of an Oscar-winning actress, and more‏

t’s been a busy month here at ScotlandsPeople. Modern Marriage indexes have just been added and the Catholic Parish Registers are coming soon. We also have some interesting news about the Famous Scots exhibition at New Register House in Edinburgh, and a taste of the content of this month’s Discover My Past Scotland Magazine.

New marriage records now available at ScotlandsPeople

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

Indexes (NOT IMAGES) to modern marriage records from 1934-2006 have now been added to the site. This now gives the range of statutory records as Indexes of Scottish births and deaths (1855-2006) marriages (1855-2006) and images of births(1855-1908), marriages (1855-1933) and deaths (1855-1958).

Search the modern marriage indexes now

Famous Scots Exhibition News
Tilda Swinton
22 September – 6 November

Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton has been making her own distinguished career in films and the theatre. Experts from the ScotlandsPeople Centre partners will be delving into her amazingly rich and varied ancestry for her exhibition, which runs from Tuesday 22 September.

Tilda comes from an old Borders family, long distinguished for military and public service, and connected with many landed families. Her family tree includes a Lord Lyon, a renegade preacher, an Archbishop of Canterbury, a wine merchant, an East India Company soldier, and a singer. Visit the exhibition to find out more about some of these fascinating characters, and how Tilda is directly descended from the most ‘Famous Scot’ of all.

The ‘Famous Scots’ exhibition is being supported by EventScotland as part of the Homecoming 2009 celebrations.

Famous Scots
ScotlandsPeople Centre
New Register House
3 West Register Street (opposite Balmoral Hotel, Princes Street), Edinburgh
Mon – Fri 9.00 – 4.30 Free

Additional dates may be added, so please check website for updates
Exhibition closed: 21 Sep, 25 & 28 Dec

Here is an 1881 census image for Kimmerghame House, listing the Swinton family. The head of the household, Archibald Campbell Swinton, was Tilda’s great-great-grandfather (click image to enlarge):

Discover My Past Scotland Magazine

The latest 40-page A4 issue of Discover My Past Scotland Magazine, published online by brightsolid ltd. is packed with special features and how-to guides to connect you with your Scottish Heritage, including:

* The Age of the Train – the importance of Scotland’s railways
* Hard times – the truth about poorhouses in the past
* Redcoat Rampage – the aftermath of Culloden
* The Mitchell Library – how it can help your research
* Spotlight on Oban
* Expert Q&A
* Family history newsround and events

See a sample issue

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