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Church Records

Scottish Church Records are a very important source for Scottish research. All of the pre-1855 christening and marriage entries for the Church of Scotland parish registers have been indexed. These are called the OPR (Old Parochial Records) indexes. There are four sets of indexes on microfiche for each county in Scotland: Surname Index to Christenings, Surname Index to Marriages, Given Name Index to Christenings, and Given Name Index to Marriages. The format is similar to the microfiche version of the International Genealogical Index (IGI). The counties are in alphabetical order on fiche #6025611 - #6025742.

In addition, there is also a computer version called "Scottish Church Records." It is found in Family History Centers in the DOS version of FamilySearch. This was  the same pre-1855 database that is available on the ScotlandsPeople website for a fee, but the ScotlandsPeople website has some additional records. However, you can use the "Scottish Church Records" at Family History Centers for no charge. The database contains not only the OPRs, but some non-conformist records as well. Researchers should use all three indexes to search for Scottish church records: IGI, OPRs on microfiche, and Scottish Church Records on CD-ROM.

After you have found your ancestor in one of the indexes see Ben Bloxham, Key to the Parochial Registers of Scotland. It lists the original registers held in Edinburgh, the condition of the registers, and the FHL film numbers of registers on microfilm.

Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae is a list of the ministers of the Church of Scotland. The Fasti contain such information as the date of ordination and where served. This source can also tell you the birth, marriage, and death dates of the minister as well as his wife and children, their occupations and places of residence. Volumes 1-10 are on microfiche #6026402 (75 fiche).

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