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Scotland bmd's help please.

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~Looby Loo~

~Looby Loo~ Report 16 Apr 2013 20:45

Can anyone tell me if it's possible to find a free online site for Scottish bmd's.

I've googled and all I can find are pay to view

Thanks Lou


GlitterBaby Report 16 Apr 2013 20:50

Family search does have some records but usually only go to 1890's


GlitterBaby Report 16 Apr 2013 20:52

This is the Scottish version of BMD share

Not used this one but might be worth a look

~Looby Loo~

~Looby Loo~ Report 16 Apr 2013 21:22

Thank you Glitter baby.

I have tried familysearch to no avail, but I will try the other site you mention, thanks again, will give it a go now.

Regards, Lou


mgnv Report 16 Apr 2013 21:30 has transcriptions of the earlier Scottish censuses - the images still have to be purchased from SP. Of the 33 counties, 27/4 are complete/pertial for 1841, and 16/8 for 1851, plus some later thru 1881.


BeverleyW Report 16 Apr 2013 21:34 has very good coverage of old Scottish parish records

~Looby Loo~

~Looby Loo~ Report 16 Apr 2013 22:01

Hi mgnv and BererleyW

Many thanks for those tips, so far I've not had any luck so finger,s crossed for your tips.

Thanks again, it's very much appreciated,



mgnv Report 16 Apr 2013 23:01

Beverley - I think "very good coverage" needs qualification.
It can be very good, e.g., Orkney, but of the 80+ parishes in Aberdeenshire, 4 are complete (Cluny, Keig, Savoch, Strichen) and 2 partial (Aberdeen, Garioch), and there's nothing for the rest, which for me, falls short of very good coverage.

The moral is check out the area of your interest.

~Looby Loo~

~Looby Loo~ Report 16 Apr 2013 23:05

Hi mgnv and Beverley,

Thanks again, but I've not had any luck on there at all. Which does match what your saying mgnv.

But thanks again everyone for your help and advice, it's still very much appreciated.

Good luck to you all in your own hunting.

Regards, Lou


fionalesley Report 17 Apr 2013 00:12 is THE site to use.Yes, you have to pay to view, but it is very good value for money.You will be able to view a scanned copy of the original document for a small sum. The birth,marriage & death certificates contain a wealth of information, unlike English ones, including names of parents,their occupations & whether they're still alive at time of registration.

~Looby Loo~

~Looby Loo~ Report 17 Apr 2013 00:45

Hi Fionalesley,

Thanks very much for the info. Does that actually mean you don't have to purchase the actual certificates?

Sorry I won't be able to respond as I was just about to go to bed when I saw you had commented, but I will try and log on tomorrow sometime to get an update.

Thanks again Fiona for responding.

Regards, Lou


mgnv Report 17 Apr 2013 03:26

Beverley - just to clarify. An actual paper cert - the sort you'ld need to get a passport, say, - costs (I think) 14 GBP. However, if you don't need an actual cert, and are happy to see the actual registration (that you would get a certified paper copy of), and if it's an older entry (where older means 100/75/50 plus y for B/M/Ds), then you can purchase an image for 1.40 GBP, same price as census images, and old parish rego images.

Clarification re "actual" registration - this is the case for Bs & Ds, but for Ms, what you see is the local registrar's copy of the marr, not the church register that the bridal couple actually signed.

To see this, check out the free examples via:
Clearly, for Bs &Ds, this is the informant's signature, but for Ms, the couple'a signatures and those of the witnesses are all in the same hand as the rest of the entry.

~Looby Loo~

~Looby Loo~ Report 17 Apr 2013 09:41


Thank you very much for clarifying that for me, as I say I've never researched Scotland so it's all new to me, and that info will be very useful.

I will check out the examples you have given me.

Thanks again it's very much appreciated;

Regards, Lou


BeverleyW Report 17 Apr 2013 12:05

Yes mgnv of course it depends on your area of interest.
I am obviously one of the lucky ones since my lot in East Lothian, Midlothian and Lanark are very well covered.
Good luck Lou


mgnv Report 17 Apr 2013 19:28

Lou - if you've never researched Scotland, it's helpful to know where the parishes are. There's 1890s maps showing parishes for any Scottish county at:

~Looby Loo~

~Looby Loo~ Report 17 Apr 2013 21:44


Thanks so much, I really am lost - so a good map should help me find where I am as I'm getting so dizzy. ha ha ha.

Thanks Lou ;-)

Karen in the desert

Karen in the desert Report 18 Apr 2013 09:38

A big thank you to all who have posted here, you've provided a huge amount to work through (I've had a quick look at several of the links already).
I haven't had cause to research Scottish records until just recently - and here is a wealth of info. Great stuff!

Many thanks! :-D