User:Ridgew/Sandbox/Scotland, Presbyterian & Protestant Church Records
[Scotland, Presbyterian & Protestant Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]
|This article describes a collection of historical records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.|
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.
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 to Use the Record
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 Collection
To search by index:
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
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.).
|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.|
- Getting Started on Your Scottish Ancestry
- Scotland’s Family Record Search
- Scottish Research Resources
- The Church of Scotland Historical Records
Related Wiki Articles
- Scotland Church Records
- Scotland Established (Presbyterian) Church Records
- Scotland Church History
- Scotland: Research Strategies for Locating Births, Marriages and Deaths
- Scotland Church Records Index
Related FamilySearch Historical Records
- Scotland Births and Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- Scotland Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- Scotland Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- Scotland 1841-1891 Censuses (FamilySearch Historical Records)
Contributions to this Article
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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.
- "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):