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[Scotland, Presbyterian & Protestant Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.
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Record Description

This collection will include records from 1736-1990.

The records are of Free, United Presbyterian, United Free and Other Protestant Churches in Scotland from 1736-1990. They were originally filmed at the National Archives of Scotland. This collection contains baptismal, marriage and death records.

The Free Church of Scotland was formed in 1843 when a group of Evangelicals dissented from the Church of Scotland. In 1900, the majority of the Free Church integrated with the United Presbyterian Church, which had been formed in 1847 when the United Secession Church merged with the Relief Church (both of which had been offshoots of the Church of Scotland). Together they formed the United Free Church of Scotland. However, it wouldn’t last long. In 1929, the majority of the United Free Church merged with the Church of Scotland, reversing a large portion of the conflict back in 1843.

Record Content

Baptismal registers may contain the following information:

  • Date and Place of Baptism
  • Given Name of Child
  • Date and Place of Birth
  • Parents' Names and Occupation of Father
  • Legitimacy of Child and Parents
  • Names of Godparents

Marriage registers may contain the following information:

  • Date and Place of Marriage
  • Groom's Age, Marital Status, Occupation and Residence
  • Names of Groom's Parents, including Maiden Name of Mother
  • Bride's Age, Marital Status, Occupation and Residence
  • Names of Bride's Parents, including Maiden Name of Mother
  • Birthplaces of Bride and Groom
  • Witnesses' Names, Age and Occupation

Death registers may contain the following information:

  • Date and Place of Death and Burial
  • Name and Age of Deceased
  • Cause of Death
  • Father of Deceased and his Occupation
  • Date and Birthplace of Deceased
  • Marital Status of Deceased
  • If Married, the Name of the Spouse

How Do I Search This Collection?

As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor's given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence, age, estimated birth, marriage or death year, and family relationships.

Search the Index

You will be able to search this collection when it is published.

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

Record Finder

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
  • Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community.
  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.
  • Check for variant spellings of the names.
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. In addition local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the records of nearby localities (Ireland, England, Wales, etc.).
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Don't overlook FHL Place Scotland items or FHL Keyword Scotland items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Scotland Archives and Libraries.

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Contributions to this Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.


Citations for This Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection Citation:

"Scotland, Presbyterian & Protestant Church Records, 1736-1990." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2014. Citing The National Archives of Scotland, Edinburgh.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record will be available with each record once the collection is published.