Family Roots in Scotland will trace your Family Tree as far back as possible, normally to the early 1800s and perhaps even the mid/late 1700s.


To do so, Family Roots in Scotland researches the Official Records held by the General Register Office for Scotland, such as Statutory Birth, Marriage and Death certificates from 1855, Census Records from 1841-1901, and Old Parish Registers from 1538-1854. These records cover the whole of Scotland.


Our prices include the cost to Family Roots in Scotland of researching these records on your behalf, and the provision of copies of all the successful documents found in the preparation of your Family Tree.



From the Official Records:



Statutory Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates


Civil registration in Scotland became compulsory on 1st January, 1855 regardless of religious denomination (see Old Parish Registers below). A standard format was introduced for each record, providing more comprehensive information than that contained on the equivalents in England, Wales and Ireland.


For example, Marriage and Death Certificates in Scotland normally provide the names and occupations of the parents, and an indication whether the parents were still alive at the time of the Marriage or Death so recorded.


On-line images of Birth Certificates are available up to 100 years ago, Marriage Certificates to 75 years ago, and Death Certificates to 50 years ago.

Physical copies of more recent event Certificates are also available, but at additional cost.



Census Records


Census records are taken every 10 years to record information on Scotland's population. Records are only made available for public scrutiny after 100 years.


The information recorded during a Census is a snap-shot of the people in a household on a given night, be they family members, lodgers, visitors, servants etc. It will identify the Head of the family, their relationship to every other person at that address, their names, ages, occupations and birthplaces.


As such, Census records can provide information on the wider family, geographic mobility through the birthplaces, and social mobility through addresses and occupations.



Old Parish Registers


These comprise the Births & Baptisms, Banns & Marriages and Deaths & Burials recorded by the individual parishes of the Established Church (Church of Scotland) before the introduction of civil registration in 1855. Scotland is covered by just over 900 Parishes.


There was no formality to Parish records, and as such, record keeping varied enormously from year to year/parish to parish. Although there was a requirement for parishes to record births and marriages from 1552, some did not do so until much later. Additionally, it was also costly and unpopular so many events went un-recorded. As such, the information varies greatly in availability, reliability and legibility.



Deaths & Burials


There was no requirement to keep such records, and hence their coverage is very sparse. Further, the information recorded could contain very little detail, perhaps as little as a Surname.


As such, it is extremely difficult to accurately identify individuals from these records.





Any information which cannot be cross-referenced or confirmed by supporting documentation will be supplied and identified as a "likelihood" only.



 Other Sources:



Family Roots in Scotland also makes use of a wide range of other sources to provide additional information on your family. These include official, recorded, published sources such as Wills & Testaments, military records etc (which may require additional payment), to unofficial, un-recorded, personalised, local sources such as shared sites.


All information taken from an unofficial source will be identified as a "likelihood" - and is provided free of charge!