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Scotland marriage indexes?

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Jack Report 16 Dec 2012 22:09

Hi All,

Does the Scottish marriage indexes in the 1800s show the parents names?

Merry Christmas and a Happy Nerw Year.

Jack Steele
Ontario, Canada


Gins Report 16 Dec 2012 22:34

Maybe, you should contact SP direct


mgnv Report 17 Dec 2012 03:50

Scottish marr certs after civil registration began (1/1/1855) show the names and MS=maiden surnames of both parents of both spouses (provided known to the couple).
Parish records pre-1855 usually name no parents at all.
However, death certs post-1855 do show the parents' names and MS when known to the informant. A death cert will also usually say e.g., John Smith widower of/married to Mary Brown, or whoever.


Gins Report 17 Dec 2012 08:04

Hi Gin thanks for the reply. I have beento Scotlands people website and it does not say anything about what the marriage index does contain except about dates. They onlygive that data for births anddeaths.


I think you need to have another look on the site.

mgnv seems to have answered your question, above


mgnv Report 17 Dec 2012 10:33

For what's on a BMD cert, see:

There is an "Example of a statutory marriage image" link at:
and an example from an OPR=old parish register link at:
[This is for 1819/20 from Borthwick parish in the county of Edinburgh (i.e., Midlothian)]

Click on various other types in left column for more links to examples.

These are the actual images from the locol registers, so the informants signature on births and deaths is the actual signature.
It will be the real signature on rego office marrs, but on church marrs post 1855, any real signature will be in the parish register, not the local registrar's copy of it.
With care, older BMDs, OPRs and census images will cost 1.40 GBP per image.
Newer BMD certs cost slightly more than English BMD certs - 12 GBP each, where newer B/M/D has 100/75/50 y cut off.


Potty Report 17 Dec 2012 11:28

There are lots of pre-1855 marriages for Scotland on familysearch but they don't usually give parents' names. There are also births upto about 1875 and these usally give father's name; sometimes mother's first name and quite often her maiden name, especially after 1855.

If you are still having problems finding someone, would you like to post some names and dates and see what others can find?


Jack Report 17 Dec 2012 12:14

Thank you all who replied.


Jack Steele
Ontario, Canada