Scottish Parish Register and Archive Guide 2018-01-31T17:03:59+00:00

The Scottish Parish Register Guide with Archive & Family History Society Directory

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The historic counties of Scotland are listed in the table below. For each county there is a link to the local archive and family history society. If you are visiting an archive in person, you can check their website to see details of collections, opening times, appointment procedure etc. The family history societies often have their own databases and online shops where you can buy discs of transcriptions of parish records. They can often also help you with your research for a fee.

Unlike England and Wales, the local archives in Scotland usually only have transcriptions of parish registers. The actual documents are held by the National Records of Scotland (NRS) in Edinburgh. If you are in Edinburgh, you can visit the NRS Scotland’s People Centre and access scans of parish registers as well as civil registration records on the computers in the search room for a fixed daily fee. See the website for current costs and how to book an appointment.

The scanned registers can also be accessed online on the Scotland’s People  website on a pay per view basis. See the website for current charges.

Family Search has transcriptions for a proportion of parish registers entries for births and marriages. These are two large collections and are not organized into counties. They are: Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950 and Scotland Marriages, 1561-1910.

Ancestry have the same two collections sourced from Family Search; Scotland, Select Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950 and Scotland, Select Marriages, 1561-1910.

FindMyPast also have the same two collections from Family Search; Scotland Births & Baptisms 1564-1950 and Scotland Marriages 1561-1910 . In addition, they also hold the following (incomplete) collections: Non-Old Parish Registers Vital Records 1647-1875 Scotland Roman Catholic Parish BaptismsScotland Roman Catholic Parish Burials   and Scotland Roman Catholic Parish Marriages .

The Genealogist has a small collection of Scottish parish register transcriptions: Scottish Records.

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County Physical Archive Family History Society
Aberdeenshire Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives Aberdeen & North-East Scotland FHS
Angus Angus Archives Tay Valley FHS
Argyll Argyll & Bute Archives The Glasgow & West of Scotland FHS
Ayrshire Ayreshire Archives The Glasgow & West of Scotland FHS
Banffshire Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives Aberdeen & North-East Scotland FHS
Berwickshire Borders Archives Borders FHS
Buteshire Argyll & Bute Archives The Glasgow & West of Scotland FHS
Caithness Caithness Archive Centre Caithness FHS
Clackmannanshire Clackmannanshire Archives Central Scotland FHS
Dumfriesshire Dumfries & Galloway Archives Dumfries & Galloway FHS
Dunbartonshire East East Dunbartonshire Archives The Glasgow & West of Scotland FHS
Dunbartonshire West West Dunbarton Archives The Glasgow & West of Scotland FHS
East Lothian John Gray Centre Lothians FHS
Fife Fife Archives Fife FHS
Inverness-Shire Highlands Archive Centre Highland FHS
Kincardineshire Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives Aberdeen & North-East Scotland FHS
Kinross-Shire Perth & Kinross Archives Tay Valley FHS
Kirkcudbrightshire Dumfries & Galloway Archives Dumfries & Galloway FHS
Lanarkshire North North Lanarkshire Archives The Glasgow & West of Scotland FHS
Lanarkshire South South Lanarkshire Archives The Glasgow & West of Scotland FHS
Midlothian Midlothian Archives Lothians FHS
Moray Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives Aberdeen & North-East Scotland FHS
Nairnshire Highlands Archive Centre Highland FHS
Orkney Orkney Library & Archive Orkney FHS
Peebleshire Borders Archives Borders FHS
Perthshire Perth & Kinross Archives Tay Valley FHS
Renfrewshire East Renfrewshire Archives The Glasgow & West of Scotland FHS
Ross & Cromarty Highlands Archive Centre Highland FHS
Roxburghshire Borders Archives Borders FHS
Selkirkshire Borders Archives Borders FHS
Shetland Shetland Archives Shetland FHS
Stirlingshire Stirling Archives The Glasgow & West of Scotland FHS
Sutherland Highlands Archive Centre Highland FHS
West Lothian West Lothian Archives Lothians FHS
Wigtownshire Dumfries & Galloway Archives Dumfries & Galloway FHS
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