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ScotlandsPeople Centre, The


HM General Register House
2 Princes Street


0131 314 4300




The ScotlandsPeople Centre is the official government resource for family history research. They provide access to the Scottish birth, death, marriage and census records, Catholic parish registers, Coats of Arms, valuation rolls, wills and testaments.

ScotlandsPeople Centre is partnership between the National Records of Scotland and the Court of the Lord Lyon. The National Records of Scotland was created on 1 April 2011 by the amalgamation of the National Archives of Scotland (NAS) and General Register Office for Scotland (GROS). The ScotlandsPeople Centre provides access to key Scottish family history resources including:

§  Statutory Records of Births, Marriages and Deaths 1855 to present.

§  Indexes and digital images of surviving Old Parish Registers of Births and Christenings, 1553 to 1854; Banns and Marriages; 1553 to 1854; Deaths and Burials, 1553 to 1854.

§  Catholic Parish Register mainly consisting of baptisms and marriages.

§  Register of Neglected Entries 1801-1854 This register records births, deaths and marriages proved to have occurred in Scotland between 31 December 1800 and 1 January 1855 but which had not been entered in the Old Parish Registers.

§  Census Records up to 1911.

§  Miscellaneous Records.

§  Wills and Testaments, 1513 onwards.

§  Valuation Rolls.

§  The Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland 1672-1910.


All the available material is digitised and much of the material is available online at the ScotlandsPeople web site. A number of downloadable leaflets are available from the website including a leaflet on the pre-1855 records and an introductory leaflet to the ScotlandsPeople Centre.