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Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950
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Location of Scotland
Record Description
Record Type Births and Baptisms
Collection years 1564-1950
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection is an index for the years 1564 to 1950. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

  • The name of the child
  • Gender
  • Date and place of birth
  • Date and place of christening
  • Names of the parents

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample of indexed information

Field Information
Name Agnes Glen
Gender Female
Birth Date 04 Jul 1881
Birthplace New Monkland Landward, Lanark, Scotland
Father's Name James Glen
Mother's Name Janet Fotheringham Glen

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

This table lists the number of records available in this collection for the counties listed.

County Records
Aberdeenshire 628,753
Angus 592,822
Argyll 338,805
Ayrshire 625,617
Banffshire 180,154
Berwickshire 180,434
Bute 52,587
Caithness 90,735
Clackmannanshire 110,017
Dumbartonshire 143,446
Dumfriesshire 255,618
East Lothian 270,623
Edinburgh 9,974
Fife 1,109,759
Forfar 16,320
Inverness-shire 169,139
Kincardineshire 133,969
Kinross-shire 54,100
Kirkcudbrightshire 192,130
Lanark 1,592,229
Midlothian 1,455,793
Moray 142,329
Nairn 27,329
Orkney 91,881
Peebles 91,796
Perth 963,416
Renfrew 599,703
Ross-shire and Cromartyshire 128,829
Roxburgh 310,188
Selkirk 51,660
Shetland 70,847
Stirling 459,282
Sutherland 41,821
West Lothian 243,683
Wigtown 218,745

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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  • Name of the person
  • Date range for the record

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
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Finding Sources for Scotland Births and Baptisms[edit | edit source]

The Register of births, marriages and deaths of Scotland can help you identify the source of the indexed record. See Finding Sources for Scotland Births and Baptisms Using Microfilm 6,035,516 for additional instructions on how to use this register.

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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  • Use the information to find other records such as marriage, death, or census records
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname, unless the surname is a common surname. This list can help you identify possible relatives that can be verified by records

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Try viewing any original indexes to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc.
  • Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames, middles name, or an abbreviation of their given name

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Scotland.

Known Issues[edit | edit source]

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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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