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Civil Registration

Civil registration began in Scotland on 1 January 1855. The indexes to births, marriages, and deaths are arranged by year for the entire country and are available on microfilm,

Civil Registration Indexes

 Type of Record

Microfilm Numbers

Birth Indexes 0103244 - 0103341
Marriage Indexes 0103539 - 0103584
Death Indexes 0103395 - 0103475


The Scottish certificates of births, marriages, and deaths were filmed years ago, but only for the years 1855 to 1875 plus those for the census years of 1881 and 1891.

Selected examples of other materials on microfiche and film:

Index to Registration Offices of Scotland, 1855 - 1955. FHL Film #0233820

Index to Parishes in Scotland - FHL Fiche #6035795, Item 2.


To find microfilm numbers for censuses of Scotland, consult the Scottish Census Register, 1841-1891 on microfiche #6035795. This fiche is organized by census year, then by county. The parishes are then listed alphabetically and the microfilm number for that census year is given.

From Civil Registration Certificates, you may have a street address of your ancestor. There are street address indexes for the following censuses:

Street indexes for the 1841 census are on film #0104115. They include the parishes of Edinburgh: North Leith, South Leith, Canongate, and St. Cuthbert's; and the parishes of Glasgow: Barony, Govan, and Gorbals.

Street indexes for the 1851 census are on film #0599787. They include the
parishes of Edinburgh: North Leith, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Urquhart, Inveresk, Musselburgh, Fisherrow, New Monkland, Airdrie, Newton Braes, Coatbridge, Dundee, parishes of Greenock: East, Middle, and West; and parishes of Paisley: Middle, Abbey, High and Middle Low.

Street indexes for the 1861 census are on film #0104116 and include Edinburgh, Leith, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee, Greenock, Paisley, Abbey, Perth, Kilmarnock, Airdrie, Arbroath and St. Vigeans, Ayr, St. Quivox and Newton-on-Ayr, Brechin, Dumfries, Hamilton, Kirkcaldy, Abbotshall, Dysart, Lanark, and Old Monkland.

Street indexes for the 1871 census are on film #0104117. The film includes the cities of Edinburgh, Leith, Dundee, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Old Monkland, Greenock, Paisley, Perth, Kilmarnock, Stirling, Kirkcaldy, Arbroath, Ayr, St. Quivox, Montrose, Cambusnethan, Rutherglen, Dumfries, Peterhead, Rothesay, Hawick & Wilton, Falkirk, Inverness, Dunfermline, Bothwell & Holytown, New Monkland (Airdrie), Stornoway, Forfar, Lesmahagow, Campbelltown, Dalry (Ayr), Brechin, Calderhead, Cadder, Hamilton, Montrose, and Shotts.

Census Returns for Scotland 

Census Year Family History Library holdings FHLC First film Number*
1841 Complete set on microfilm (Two filmings) 1042647 and 0101786
1851 Complete set on microfilm (Two filmings) 0103625 and 1041485
1861 Complete set on microfilm 0103776
1871 Complete set on microfilm 0343029
1881 Complete index/transcript on microfiche 0103924
1891 Partial set on microfilm 0208607

*  N.B.: The census records are on several rolls of microfilm.  Only the first film number of the series is given.  Search the Family History Library Catalog to find the entire series.

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