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Scottish Burial Records now online.

Friday, 3rd April, 2009

Newly digitised images, on, the official Government source of genealogical data for Scotland, of deaths and burials contained in the Old Parish Registers of Scotland (OPRs) have now been made available online.

The OPRs are the records which the Church of Scotland kept of births and baptisms, banns and marriages and deaths and burials for the 300 years before the start of the civil registration system in 1855.

When the office of Registrar General for Scotland was created in 1855, every parish in Scotland was required by law to deliver to the Registrar General all its registers of births and baptisms, banns and marriages and deaths and burials up to and including those for 1855. The earliest surviving entries in the OPRs were created in the 16th century.

“Making available on the internet the images of the Old Parish Register burial and death records dating back to the 16th century marks the completion of the digitisation project begun by the General Register Office for Scotland in 2001,” said Duncan Macniven, Registrar General for Scotland.

ScotlandsPeople holds digital images of Scottish records of births, deaths and marriages dating back to 1553, the open census records from 1841 to 1901, wills and testaments from 1513 to 1901 and Coats of Arms from 1672 to 1907.”

Macniven says that more records will be digitised and placed online in the future.

600,000 Additional U.K. Records of Birth, Baptism, Marriage and Burial

Thursday, 4th December, 2008

The official U.K. National Archives site for Non Parochial and Non Conformist records has just added over 600,000 records of birth, baptism, marriage and burial. These have not previously been searchable online and again contain images of  birth and baptismal records. The records were previously viewable on microfilm as part of the  RG8 series.

Among the more extensive collections in this series are the registers of the British Lying-in Hospital at Holborn, these provide detailed maternity records covering the period 1749 to 1868.
The records can include the following information:-

The Date and order of admission, Woman and Husbands Name, Occupation, Woman’s Age, Parish, Time of Reckoning, Came in, Went out on leave, Returned, Delivered, Child Baptised, Woman Discharged, Recommenders Name

Below is an example from the Register of Births and Baptisms and a Register of Deaths in the British Lying-In Hospital in Endell Street, St Giles in the Fields, Holborn, Middlesex:

On the 17th June 1758, Rachel Ward wife of John a Staymaker aged 27 of the parish St Martin in the Fields was admitted. She gave birth to a boy on the 17th June who was then  baptised on the 25th June with the name Thomas. She was Discharged 5th July. Rachel Ward was recommended to the hospital by Lady Carpenter.

Both the original record of the hospital entry and the baptism images can be viewed, printed or downloaded plus the details viewed and a small tree printed.

The “Lying in” hospital records provide a level of detail that just isn’t available in parish records.

This new release also has registers of burials in the Victoria Park Cemetery, the New Burial Ground, Southwark, Bunhill Fields Burial Ground, Hackney, and the Bethnal Green Protestant Dissenters Burying Ground; registers of Chapels Royal at St James’s Palace, Whitehall and Windsor Castle.

The royal chapel records can be very interesting with diary like entries:-

“February 2nd 1684/5 Candlemas Day, being Monday Be it remembered that his majesty King Charles II was seised with a most violent fit of an apoplexy, which terminated in an intermittent fever of which he died about 12 the Friday following being February 6th. In the afternoon of which day his Royal Highness James Duke of York and Albany etc was proclaimed at Whitehall-gate at Temple Bar and at the Old Exchange in the City, King of England, Scotland, France and Ireland, etc.”

In addition there are further non conformist records of births and baptisms.

The rest of the series contains the archive of the Russian Orthodox Church in London, 1721-1927. The records include not only registers of births, marriages, deaths and conversions, but also comprehensive general records on the day-to-day workings of the church. The usual language is Russian, with some Greek; there are a few documents such as certificates, letters and passports in English, French and German.

These records are freely searchable on

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