Moray (formerly Elginshire), Scotland Genealogy
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Guide to Moray or Elginshire ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.
Moray or Elginshire is located in the north-east of Scotland, bounded on the north by the Moray Firth, on the east and south-east by Banffshire, on the south by a detached portion of the county of Inverness, and on the west by Nairnshire. It is about 40 miles in length and 23 miles in extreme breadth, comprising an area of 840 square miles or 537,600 acres.
Moray contains 20 parishes and parts of several others, and for civil purposes is joined with the county of Nairn under the jursdiction of one sheriff. It contains the royal burghs of Elgin (the county town) and Forres, and includes the towns of Garmouth and Lossiemouth and a few villages. It was anciently part of a province that included the county of Nairn and a large part of the county of Banff, and was for many ages distinguished as the 'granary of Scotland.'
The population of the county in 1851 was 35,012.
(Source: Samuel Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of Scotland, 2nd ed., 1851. FHL book 941 E5L.)
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Many census records have been indexed by surname. Some indexes cover one parish (and will be listed in the Wiki on the parish page) and some indexes are for the county as a whole. The Family History Library has county-wide census placename indexes for Moray for 1881. Click here for other census indexes available at the library.
- ScotlandsPeople, index, images, free index, pay per view ($)
- Scotland Census, 1841, no images. Also at MyHeritage, index, ($). Also at FindMyPast, index, ($). Also at Ancestry.com, index, ($).
- Scotland Census, 1851, no images. Also at MyHeritage, index, ($). Also at FindMyPast, index, ($). Also at Ancestry.com, index, ($).
- Scotland Census, 1861, no images. Also at MyHeritage, index, ($). Also at FindMyPast, index, ($). Also at Ancestry.com, index, ($).
- Scotland Census, 1871, no images. Also at FindMyPast, index, ($). Also at Ancestry.com, index, ($).
- Scotland Census, 1881, no images. Also at FindMyPast, index, ($). Also at Ancestry.com, index, ($).
- Scotland Census, 1891, no images. Also at FindMyPast, index, ($). Also at Ancestry.com, index, ($).
- Scotland Census, 1901, index and images, ($). Also at FindMyPast, index, ($). Also at Ancestry.com, index, ($).
- Scotland Census, 1911, index and images, ($).
- 1658 - 1919 - Scotland Church Records and Kirk Session Records, 1658-1919 at FamilySearch — index
Civil Registration or Statutory Registers
For details on information found in statutory registers and other methods of searching them, see Scotland Statutory Registers - Vital Records.
Some of the Moray or (Elginshire) parish records are indexed in Moray or Elginshire , Scotland, Extracted Parish Records.
- This database is a collection of historical parish registers from the county of Moray or Elginshire in the country of Scotland. The records in this collection can range in date from the early 1500s to the mid- to late-1800s. The records include baptisms/christenings, burials, marriages, tombstone inscriptions, obituaries, tax lists, wills, and other miscellaneous types of records. Also included are some records from non-conformist churches. You will find interesting phonetic spelling. Some of the records may be in Latin or even a Welsh or Scottish dialect. Due to the nature of the records and because the records were originally compiled by a third party, it is difficult to absolutely verify the completeness and validity of the data.
Here is a list of the historic parishes in the county of Moray (or Elgin). Click on the parish name to see information about records. Click on this link for an outline map of the parishes of Moray.
|Abernethy & Kincardine -- see Inverness-shire||90a||Elgin and Pluscarden||135|
|Advie -- see Cromdale||128b||Essil and Dipple -- see Speymouth||143|
|Bellie||126||Inverallan -- see Cromdale||128b|
|Boharm||128a||Kinneddar -- see Drainie||130|
|Dallas||129||Lhanbryde -- see St. Andrews||142|
|Drainie (formerly Kinneddar)||130||New Spynie||136|
|Dundurcas (also known as Rothes||141||Rothes||141|
|Duthil & Rothiemurchus -- see Inverness-shire||96b||St. Andrews||142|
|Dyke||133||Speymouth (formerly Essil and Dipple)||143|
Aberdeen & NE Scotland FHS
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Moray & Nairn Family History Society
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The Moray Burial Ground Research Group
127 Morriston Road
Scottish Genealogy Society
15 Victoria Terrace
Phone-0131 220 3677
17th and 18th Century Taxation Records. A list of Hearth Tax, Cart Tax, Horse Tax, Carriage Tax, Window Tax and Inhabited House taxes levied on inhabitants. Some names given and the amount of tax listed. Covers 1691-1779. Article in The Lands and People of Moray.Family History Library Ref. 941.23 H2b pt. 9. year 2002, pages 71-73.
- Elginshire Moray Resources and help pages on RootsChat Moray Elginshire Resources and help pages. (Free).
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