ScotlandsPeople Centre

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Edinburgh , Scotland
2 Princes St
+44 131 314 4300
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Bus: all Princes St buses
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Opening hours
9am-4.30pm Mon-Fri
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This collaboration between the General Register Office, the National Archives and the Court of the Lord Lyon brings together millions of useful records in one place. The main records used in Scottish genealogical research – the Statutory Registers of births, marriages and deaths (1855 to the present), the Old Parish Registers (1533−1854) and the 10-yearly census returns from 1841 to 1901 – can be consulted here for a daily search fee of £15; tutorial sessions are available for first-time visitors.

The registration of births, marriages and deaths became compulsory in Scotland on 1 January 1855; before that date, the ministers of the Church of Scotland kept registers of baptisms and marriages. The oldest surviving parish registers date back to 1553, but these records are far from complete, and many births and marriages before 1855 went unrecorded.