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Use Of Statutory Records

The compulsory civil registration of all births, deaths and marriages in Scotland began in 1855. Similar records began 18 years earlier in England and Wales. The Scottish records however are much more detailed and are of more value to family historians.

The Scottish records are kept at the office of the Registrar General, New Register house in Edinburgh and can be consulted on payment of a fee (currently 17 Pounds per day).

The following information may be found on the certificates:


Full name and sex, date and time of birth, address at which the birth took place, name and occupation of the father, name and maiden name of the mother, date and place of marriage, name of informant and relationship to the child.


Full name, rank or profession and marital status of the deceased, when and where the death took place, sex and age at time of death, cause of death, duration of disease, name of medical attendant who certified death, signature and qualification of informant, residence of informant if not where death occurred. Full name, rank or profession of father and if father deceased, full name and maiden name of mother and if deceased.


When and where and under what circumstances the marriage ceremony was conducted, i.e. Church of Scotland, by declaration etc. Signatures, rank or profession, marital status, ages of both parties, addresses of both parties, names of both sets of parents and whether they are deceased or not at the time of the marriage, witnesses and officiating clergy or registrar.

Using these documents it is possible to trace the lineage of your ancestors back through the period of statutory registration. It should then be possible to link these statutory records to census then parish records, thereby taking your ancestral line back into the period before statutory registration.