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BOOK - Discover Scottish Civil Registration Records
By Chris Paton
Originally published by Unlock the Past, St Agnes, Australia, 2013
This edition printed and bound in Canada by Inc.

Softcover......17.00 (C$)

This guide from family historian Chris Paton takes a look at the vast world of Scottish civil registration records. Scotland commenced the statutory registration of births, marriages and deaths within the country in 1855, some seventeen and half years after a similar process had already got underway in England and Wales.

The information lost to the family historian by such a late start is, however, more than made up for by the fact that Scottish registration records are the most detailed of all those found within the British Isles.

But what was the law behind Scottish registration, and how did it differ to England, Wales and Ireland? Who was legally obliged to do what and when, what were the penalties for default, and how might such knowledge help with our ancestral research? Why were all the forms of Scottish irregular marriage not abolished in 1939, and what angered the country's doctors? Where are the records not found online via ScotlandsPeople, such as those for adoption, vaccination, civil partnerships and divorce
  • and what vital records does the General Register Office in England hold for Scots as far back at the 1760s, and far beyond Britain's shores?

  • Contents:
  • Introduction
  • Acknowledgements
  • Part 1. Civil registration in Scotland
    • Establishment of civil registration
    • Registration of births
      • Illegitimacy
      • Locating birth records
      • Minor records of birth
      • Stillbirths
      • Adoption
    • Vaccination
      • Locating vaccination records
    • Marriage
      • Registration of regular marriage
      • Irregular marriage
      • Registration of irregular marriage
      • Introduction of civil marriage
      • Same sex marriage
      • Locating marriage records
      • Minor records of marriage
      • Other marriage records
      • Divorce
    • Registration of deaths
      • Medical certificates
      • Locating death records
      • Minor records of deaths
      • Registers of Corrected Entries
      • The Book of Scottish Connections
  • Part 2. Registration in the British Isles
    • England and Wales
      • Births
      • Marriages
      • Divorce
      • Deaths
      • Locating English and Welsh records
    • British overseas and military records
    • Ireland
      • Locating Irish records
    • Crown dependencies
  • Appendix 1. Glossary
  • Appendix 2. Further reading
  • Appendix 3. English and Welsh BMD indexes in Australia and New Zealand
    • Australia
    • New Zealand
  • Index

    Paperback: 52 pages
    Product Dimensions: 5 x 8"
    Softcover - staple-bound on spine
    Color photos, Illustrations
    Published by Unlock the Past, St Agnes, Australia, 2013
    This edition printed and bound in Canada by Inc.
    ISBN 978-1-9219563-3-1

    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.

    Click for a list of Chris Paton's books

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