Findmypast Friday: Findmypast Publishes 10.7 Million New Scottish Records

 I obtained this from Findmypast this morning:

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Discover 4 centuries of Scottish baptisms, marriages and burials


Findmypast publish 10.7 million new information to create the biggest assortment of Scottish household historical past information accessible on-line


  • Discover your Scottish heritage with thousands and thousands of latest information, comprehensively transcribed and absolutely searchable on-line for the primary time
  • Revealed on Findmypast due to the work of tons of of passionate volunteers at native household historical past societies throughout Scotland
  • New information span 450 years of Scottish historical past and canopy each parish within the nation
  • Incorporates the important particulars of Scots from all walks of life, together with a few of Scotland’s most influential little children, from fathers of countries to inventors and innovators, forgotten figures and way more

Main UK household historical past web site, Findmypast, has immediately introduced the publication of an enormous new on-line assortment of “Old Parish Registers” in collaboration with native archives and organizations throughout Scotland.

Relationship again to 1561 and spanning 450 years of Scottish history, the brand new assortment accommodates greater than 10.7 million historic paperwork chronicling baptisms, marriages, burials and extra. This huge new on-line useful resource will enable household historians throughout the globe to uncover uncommon particulars of their ancestor’s lives and the tales behind main life occasions.

When mixed with Findmypast’s present assortment of Scottish information and historic newspapers, immediately’s launch firmly establishes Findmypast as the house of the biggest assortment of Scottish household historical past information accessible wherever on-line, enabling customers to discover their Scottish household tree in larger depth and element than ever earlier than.

This groundbreaking new useful resource is the results of Findmypast’s shut collaboration with native household historical past societies, archives and volunteers from throughout the nation. It brings collectively all kinds of necessary historic information, a lot of which have been beforehand inaccessible to public and are actually absolutely searchable in new methods for the primary time.

This consists of information that not solely reveal important info on Scottish ancestors, but in addition present worthwhile insights into parish life, together with;

  • Information of non-conformist church buildings together with the Episcopal, Free Church, United Free Church and extra, absolutely listed and searchable for the very first time
  • Newly revealed twentieth century information (present on-line collections cease at 1855) that present important particulars of more moderen ancestors, permitting customers to uncover the small print of earlier generations and hint their household tree again from there
  • Uncommon “Irregular Marriages” from Kirk Classes (these not formally recorded by the parish registers and performed with no ceremony)
  • Mortcloth leases, information of deceased Scots who have been too poor to afford a correct burial, having to the rent the fabric that was positioned over their coffin, or the place authentic information not survive
  • “Ringings of the burial bell”, information of these too poor to even afford a mortcloth rental so as a substitute paid for a ringing of the church bell of their reminiscence

Immediately’s announcement varieties a cornerstone of what’s now most complete assortment of on-line information for Scotland ever assembled, overlaying each parish in each nook of the nation.

This revolutionary new useful resource is the results of a collaborative mission between Findmypast and volunteers at 9 Scottish native and nationwide household historical past societies, together with:

  • The Scottish Family tree Society
  • Fife Household Historical past Society
  • The Highland Household Historical past Society
  • Dumfries & Galloway Household Historical past Society
  • Renfrewshire Household Historical past Society
  • Lothians Household Historical past Society
  • Lanarkshire Household Historical past Society
  • Glasgow & West of Scotland Household Historical past Society
  • West Lothian Household Historical past Society

Names, dates, places, the names of mother or father’s, spouses, youngsters and different biographical particulars equivalent to occupations, residences and extra have been transcribed after which digitally transformed due to the arduous work of tons of of Scottish household historians.

A few of Scotland’s most famed little children might be discovered inside the assortment, together with fathers of countries, inventors and innovators, forgotten figures and way more.

Myko Clelland, Regional Licensing & Outreach Supervisor at Findmypast mentioned; “We’re honoured to work with such numerous excellent organisations to make Scottish household historical past accessible worldwide. This has enabled Findmypast to not solely illuminate the lives of influential Scots who’ve performed pivotal roles in historical past, but in addition inform the tales of abnormal and infrequently missed individuals who, by means of centuries of effort, have formed the world we now dwell in and are accountable for the whole lot we all know and love as Scotland immediately.”

Celebrated Scots


Notable people discovered inside the assortment together with;

Founding Fathers:

  • Culloden Veteran and Revolutionary Struggle Hero Hugh Mercer – a profession soldier and doctor, Mercer initially served with the Jacobite forces of Bonnie Prince Charlie, the British forces in the course of the Seven Years’ Struggle, and later grew to become a brigadier basic within the American Continental Military and an in depth buddy to George Washington. Mercer died because of his wounds obtained on the Battle of Princeton and have become a fallen hero in addition to a rallying image of the American Revolution. The information doc his baptism at Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire on seventeenth Jan 1726.
  • American founding father and Presbyterian minister John Witherspoon, Witherspoon embraced the ideas of Scottish common sense realism, and whereas president of the School of New Jersey (1768–1794; now Princeton College) grew to become an influential determine within the improvement of america’ nationwide character. Witherspoon was a delegate from New Jersey to the Second Continental Congress and a signatory to the July 4, 1776, Declaration of Independence, the one energetic clergyman to signal the Declaration. The information seize his marriage to Elisabeth Montgomerie in Beith, Ayrshire on 14th Aug 1748

Cultural icons:

  • Novelist, essayist, poet and journey author, Robert Lewis Balfour Stevenson – finest identified for works equivalent to Treasure Island, the Unusual Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Kidnapped, Stevenson was born and educated in Edinburgh and travelled extensively all through his life, dying in Samoa in 1894 on the age of 44. A significant celeb in his lifetime, the recognition of Stevenson’s works has endured and in 2018 he was ranked, simply behind Charles Dickens, because the Twenty sixth-most-translated writer on this planet. The report doc is Edinburgh baptism in 1850.
  • Scotland’s nationwide poet, Robert Burns – celebrated worldwide, he’s the perfect identified of the poets who’ve written within the Scots language and thought to be a pioneer of the Romantic motion. After his dying in 1796 he grew to become a terrific supply of inspiration to the founders of each liberalism and socialism, and a cultural icon in Scotland and among the many Scottish diaspora all over the world. A local of Ayrshire, Burns might be discovered quite a few instances within the information together with his 1759 Baptism, the 1785 baptism of his illegitimate daughter with Elizabeth Paton and his irregular marriage to Jean Armour in 1788.

Inventors & Innovators:

  • Titan of trade and celebrated philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie – Carnegie led the enlargement of the American metal trade within the late nineteenth century and have become one of many richest People in historical past. Over the last 18 years of his life, he gave away $350 million (roughly $5.2 billion in 2020), roughly 90% of his fortune to varied charities, foundations, and establishments with particular emphasis on native libraries, world peace, schooling, and scientific analysis. Carnegie was born in Dunfermline in 1835 and emigrated to america together with his mother and father in 1848 at age 12. Carnegie’s baptism and the wedding of his mother and father can each be discovered withing the gathering.
  • Inventor of the primary sensible phone and co-founded the American Phone and Telegraph Firm, Alexander Graham Bell – born in Edinburgh in 1847, Edison’s early experiments with listening to gadgets finally led to him being awarded the primary U.S. patent for the phone, on March 7, 1876. Regardless of the world-changing influence of his creation, Bell seen it as an intrusion on his actual work as a scientist and refused to have a phone in his research. Bell and his mother and father might be present in an 1847 baptism report 23 years earlier than the household emigrated to North America.

Forgotten figures

  • Scipio Kennedy, a slave taken as a baby from Guinea in West Africa and dropped at Scotland in 1702. Bought on the age of 5 or 6 by Captain Andrew Douglas of Mains, Scipio served as a slave underneath his daughter, Jean, the spouse of Sir John Kennedy, 2nd Baronet of Culzean in Ayrshire. He was granted his freedom in 1725, however continued to work for the Kennedy household and was given land on the property. In 1728, Scipio was recorded as having fathered a daughter, Elizabeth, “by fornication” with Margaret Grey. Scipio married Margaret later that yr and baptism information reveal the couple had an extra seven youngsters, and is understood to have descendants dwelling immediately.
  • Early feminist, socialist, abolitionist and social reformer, Frances Wright – baptized in Dundee in 1795, wright grew to become a US citizen in 1825 and based the Nashoba Commune in Tennessee, a utopian neighborhood designed to organize slaves for eventual emancipation. All through her life, Wright campaigned for common schooling, the emancipation of slaves, contraception, equal rights, sexual freedom, rights for married girls, and liberal divorce legal guidelines. She was additionally vocal in her opposition to each organized faith and capital punishment and her radical views have been consistently attacked by the press and members of the clergy.

Immediately’s announcement marks simply the newest step in Findmypast’s Scotland enlargement. Since 2019, over 200 million new information from throughout the nation have been added to their ever-expanding Scottish database, making Findmypast probably the greatest locations on-line to analysis your Scottish household tree.

Tamsin Todd, CEO of Findmypast mentioned: “Combining the biggest assortment of Scottish household historical past information accessible wherever on-line with an professional customer support workforce based mostly in Scotland and an energetic area people utilizing our digital household historical past instruments, Findmypast is the go-to web site for anybody eager to discover and share their Scottish heritage.”

A collection of picture to accompany this launch might be accessed right here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/17IeIxkJc2_XFeda-eDCwjI7RkBmcbrQ8?usp=sharing

To entry Findmypast’s Scottish assortment, please go to: https://www.findmypast.com/page/scottish-family-history-records


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