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Scottish Roots aims not only to trace your ancestry as far back as possible, but also to explore your family history.

We don’t supply just names and dates, but also occupations, addresses, religion, causes of death etc.

For illustration, we have included a sample report for you to examine, in order that you can understand the type of information and level of detail produced by our work for you.

Depending on circumstances, we would consult:-


  • Statutory Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates (Post ~ 1855)
  • Census Returns (1841 ~ 1911)
  • Old Parish Registers (Pre ~ 1855)

Historical Sources

Marriage Certificate

Scottish marriage records are one of our most important sources.

Birth Certificate

The Birth Certficate – Crucial in your family history search.

Statutory Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates (Post ~ 1855)

Birth, Death and Marriage certificates

Although civil registration did not start in Scotland until 1855 (eighteen years after England), the information given on Scottish certificates is generally more comprehensive.

For example the Scottish marriage certificate can provide a mass of interesting information:- Date and place, religion, full name, age, status, address, occupation for both parties.

It should also give the names and occupations of their parents.

Census Returns (1841 ~ 1911)

Census Returns

“Reproduced by permission of Registrar General of Scotland”

The census enumerators’ returns were (and still are) household surveys carried out every 10 years from 1841. They also provide useful and interesting information such as name, age, occupation, relation to head, and place of birth for every person staying at the address on the night the census was carried out.

These constitute an enormous fund of information for the seeker of family history. The most recent census returns open to the public are those for 1911.

Old Parish Registers (Pre ~ 1855)

Old Parish Registers

“Reproduced by permission of Registrar General of Scotland”

Before 1855 all records were grouped according to parish – there are just over 900 Scottish parishes in total.

Records vary greatly from one parish to another in availability, quality and legibility. Nevertheless, Old Parish Registers constitute the main source of information prior to the mid-19th century.