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BOOK - Discover Scottish Church Records - Second Edition
By Chris Paton
Published by Unlock the Past, Australia, 2016
This edition printed and bound in Canada by Inc.

Softcover...28.00 (C$)

In this greatly expanded second edition of Chris Paton's popular title, he explores the history and records of the various churches in Scotland prior to 1855, the year in which civil registration commenced within the country. He describes the theological changes imposed by the Reformation of 1560, the nature of the state's battles with the Kirk, and the Kirk's subsequent battles within itself. Most importantly, he also discusses the nature of the records generated by the various Scottish churches, how to interpret them, and above all else, how to find them.

Whether you are looking for tales of ministers carried into the air by Scotland's fairy folk, the fire and thunder of John Knox, a detailed explanation of the online offerings of the ScotlandsPeople website, or the treasures waiting in the National Records of Scotland, this is the definitive research guide to help anyone with Caledonian connections.

Contents include:
  • Introduction to Second edition
  • Acknowledgements
  • Chapters:

    1. The Godly Commonwealth
      • The Reformation
      • The Stuarts
      • Secessions and dissenters
      • The Disruption
      • Multi
      • faith Scotland

    2. Church of Scotland Research
      • The Vital Records (OPRs)
      • Baptisms
      • Marriage
      • Burials
      • Accessing the BMD records
    3. Church governance
      • Kirk Session records
      • Establishing what exists
      • Presbytery, Synod and General Assembly
      • Heritors
      • Estate papers
    4. Nonconformist Presbyterian Churches
      • Looking for clues
      • Finding nonconformist records
      • Locating the right church
      • Switching churches
      • Catalogues
    5. Other church denominations
      • The Scottish Episcopal Church
      • Roman Catholicism
      • Quakers
      • Methodists
      • Salvation Army
      • Congregationalists
      • Evangelical Union
      • Baptists
      • Catholic Apostolic Church (Irvingites)
      • Moravians
      • Bereans
      • Universalists
      • Unitarians
      • Swedenborgians
      • Mormons
      • Jews
      • Muslims
      • Sikhs
    6. Working for the Church
      • Church of Scotland ministers
      • Other ministers
      • Newspapers
      • School teachers
  • Appendix 1. Basic research strategy
  • Appendix 2. Further reading
  • Index
Paperback: 92 pages
Product Dimensions: 5 x 8"
Softcover - staple-bound on spine
Published by Unlock the Past, Australia, 2016
This edition printed and bound in Canada by Inc.
ISBN 9781925323351

About the author: Chris Paton
Originally from Carrickfergus in Northern Ireland, Chris Paton holds an HND in Design (Communication) from the University of Ulster, a degree in Time Base Media from the University of the West of England, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Genealogical Studies from the University of Strathclyde. Today he runs the Scotland's Greatest Story family history research service and maintains the British GENES news blog. He regularly writes for several British and Irish genealogy magazines and is the author of several genealogy based publications. In addition to research and writing, Chris also teaches Scottish genealogy courses through Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Ltd, and previously tutored on the University of Strathclyde's postgraduate programme in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies. He previously worked for twelve years in the television industry, as a researcher, producer and director of primarily history based documentaries, mainly with the BBC in Bristol and Glasgow, and for Scottish Television's network production department STE.

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