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Scottish Mortality Register (Montrose 1787)

Before the introduction of the Statutory Registers there was no systematic record of deaths in Scotland. What there are are often financial in nature, recording the hire of the parish mort cloth or ...
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How did the surname Ormond originate?

I'm trying to understand how the surname Ormond originated. It is clustered primarily in South West Wales, Dublin and Angus in Scotland. In Dublin, the surname comes from a place name in East ...
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Finding Scottish parents of Rear Admiral Donald Campbell (1752-1819)?

How do I find my 4th great grandfather's Scottish parents? Rear Admiral Donald Campbell 1752-1819 was a contemporary of Nelson's & also served with the Portuguese Navy. I can trace his career, ...
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Occupation 1841 Scottish census [closed]

I have a man aged 65 in the Scottish 1841 census and his occupation is Mer, Ner or Her. I have looked online and cannot find the answer. He was a Carter Pauper in the 1851 census.
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Using DNA to verify story of sailor from Spanish Armada being ancestor?

There has been a story in the familly that one of the sailors from the Armada was an ancestor, so for my Mothers Birthday I brought her a DNA testing kit. The results showed that she was 5% Spanish(...
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How can I verify if Kilbirnie is in the Dalry parish in Scotland?

I can find Dalry being listed as a parish but not whether Kilbirnie is one of its associated towns. I have been able to find similar resources for the UK. We are talking about 1851. According to this ...
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Military Record is the first sign of existence

Are there any accessible records of missing persons in Scotland for the mid 19th Century? I ask as I have a brick wall with my Great Great Grandfather, David Brighton (1825-1891). The earliest ...
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Obtaining documents of Cuthbert and Baird families

The names of my Cuthberts were, George, James, John, Lewis and others of the family. The specific ones that came to Savannah, GA., USA are James, John, Lewis. John Cuthbert came in the Prince of ...
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How were illegitimate sons raised in Scotland in the late 1800s?

My great grandfather was apparently an illegitimate child, the oldest of the family, and it has been said that back in the day (1877, Scotland) it was common practice for such children to be raised by ...
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Were Scottish middle names sometimes added later? Eg. Campbell

I have asked questions relating to Alexander Campbell Harris before. You may recall that I had issues with his year of birth due to differences between the information on the marriage and death ...
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Transcribing place of occupation (Coal Pit) and information about it

I am trying to determine the Coal Pit where Samuel Harris was stated to have been working on 13 Feb 1877 in Irvine. I can make out: Samuel Harris Engineman at Bay? Coal Pit I tried to google it (eg: ...
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Where was Shankston in Ayr in 1868?

I have a marriage certificate from 1868. It is in the parish of Old Cunmock, in the County of Ayr in Scotland. For the husband to be (Samuel Harris) it says his usual place of residence was Shankston. ...
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What is "braid Scotch"?

A family history mentions that a set of my ancestors in New Brunswick, CANADA, spoke "braid Scotch", but I cannot figure out what that is. There are only a few mentions of the phrase online, but they ...
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What is the connection between Campbell and Ayr? [duplicate]

So I have at long last established the birth of my wifes Great Grandfather (Alexander Campbell Harries). (see: Finding records of professional athlete and trainer who married 1911 at Cardiff, Wales?). ...
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Seeking informational resources on “Robinson” family name origin?

I have hit somewhat of a wall in researching the European lines of my Robinson ancestors. I did learn of the possibility (vs. likelihood?) that Robinson is not a Scottish name, but rather originated ...
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Finding the port for a 1905 arrival to United States?

My grandfather John Gibson Gowans immigrated the second time to the United States from Scotland on a ship called The Caledonia in 1905. This was his 2nd time as his parents first immigrated in 1888 ...
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Irregular Session Catholic Marriage in Scotland's OPR

Would a Catholic irregular session marriage at St. Andrews in Glasgow on 25/11/1821 be listed in the OPR? I believe these are my 3x-g-gp Donald McDonald, Tailor, and Mary Crerar.
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What does VSP mean in the book The Original Scots Colonists of Early America, 1612-1783?

In the book ''The Original Scots Colonists of Early America, 1612-1783'' by David Dobson, published in Baltimore by the Genealogical Publishing Co. in 1984, I find on page 349 it lists an entry for ...
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Who was my grandfather's first wife?

My grandfather married my grandmother in Berwick upon Tweed, England on 31st May 1918 at St Andrew's Church, now demolished. He was described on the marriage certificate as a widower and I can find ...
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How to differentiate John Ormond (husband of Katharine Henderson) from others of the same name?

John Ormond, weaver, married Katharine Henderson, daughter of James Henderson, in Forfar in 1767. Baptism records can be found for three children: Jean Ormond (1768) Forfar Margaret (1771) Forfar ...
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Locating "Bankhead of ..." in parish of Forfar

I am attempting to determine the location of an area whose name is difficult to read on two parish records from the parish of Forfar: The marriage of John Ormond and Katherine Henderson in 1767 (...
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Finding birth records in Scotland?

It seems to me that freebmd does not cover Scotland. Are there any free resources that do? The ones I found charge 7.50 just to see the page.
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How to interpret this Scottish Catholic Register birth/baptism entry?

I've found the entry for an ancestor's birth in the Scottish Catholic Register (1851, Glasgow) and I'm confused what two annotations might mean. I found it on ScotlandsPeople but have searched the ...
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Looking for records in Dumfriesshire pre 1841

Specifically for Thomas Kerr, possibly from Sanquar born around 1806 though listed in one census as being born around 1811. I've searched on Ancestry and Scotland's People but can't find a birth date ...
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Finding illegitimate boy after birth in 1903?

Edward James Logan Reid was born in May 1903 to Margaret Reid. I can find no record of him until 1923 in Canada as Edward James Fraser. Margaret had married James Fraser in Ontario in 1915. Where was ...
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Finding death record of Charles Brown Filshie born 1910 Gorbals, Lanarkshire, Scotland?

He married Eliza Ward in Sunderland Durham England in 1936, but she remarried in 1944 stating she was widowed. However the Glasgow register of 1945 has Charles Brown Filshie living with his brother ...
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Seeking to verify 1862 Scottish marriage, birth and death records for a Henry Clifford stationed with the Royal Navy at Leith

In researching Henry Clifford (b 1839, Ewell, Surrey), grandparents' names in lieu of parents' names disallows certainty of his marriage to a Jane Young in Edinburgh 1862. Henry volunteered w/the ...
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Irvine Laird of Drum surname question

I’ve been researching Lairds in Sterling and found a link to the 11th Laird of Drum, Alexander Irvine. Can anyone give me insight on why his child would be named David Laird and not Irvine? Could it ...
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Records of joiners in Glasgow and Edinburgh

What was the procedure for becoming a joiner in Glasgow and Edinburgh around 1840? Are there records of qualified joiners? Was it necessary to have already a relative in the trade to be accepted for ...
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Belonging to Scottish Clan MacGregor?

If my great great grandmother was part of Clan MacGregor can I belong to the Clan aswell even though it's so far back? Not officially belong to the Clan but can I call myself a MacGregor?
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Finding British militia records?

According to Charles Ormond's marriage record (Church of Forfar, a Church of Scotland church) from 1804, he was a private in the 11th British militia. When did he begin military service and when did ...
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Looking for Alexander Ormond on 1861 census?

Looking for Alexander Ormond born in 1841 in Forfar on the 1861 census. I can't seem to find him or any of his immediate family for that matter. His mother's name was Jane/Jean Ormond (nee Peter). ...
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Why might I be unable to find a parish burial record?

I have been looking online for the death record of a Charles Ormond from Forfar born circa 1780. He was living in Prin Cottage, Forfar in 1841 but isn't present on the 1851 census, which shows his ...
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Identifying cause of death on Scottish record

I'm finding this handwriting hard to read here. I'm quite certain it ends in "-tysis" but the first few letters are difficult to decode. Does anyone know what the cause of death may be here? This is ...
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Finding Obituary from British Newspaper Archive?

I was searching family search for info on John Barclay Ormond and Elizabeth Cook and came across a notice from 1944, which is supposedly an obituary for Elizabeth sourced from the British Newspaper ...
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Reading illegible document from Scotland's People?

I recently started using Scotland's People, and the first article I am looking at is here and I find it completely illegible, perhaps due to scanning. Can anyone help me to read the information in ...
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Sources of guild records of cabinet-makers in Scotland around 1815-1830?

I'm looking for records concerning cabinet-making apprentices (particularly a Charles Frazer) around 1815-1830 in Scotland - particularly Aberdeen.
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When and where did Mary Thomas b. abt 1793 in Port of Menteith, Dunbartonshire marry her (first) Hutcheson husband and what was his forename?

Who was the Hutcheson or Hutchison who could have married a Mary Thomas, possibly in Barony, Glasgow, Lanarkshire around 1810-1820? We now know that Mary died in Davidson, Tennessee in 1868. Some ...
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Missing father for Mary Goldie born 1891?

I have a person in my family tree called Mary Goldie who was born in 1891 and I don't have her father. Her mothers name was also Mary Goldie. I have tried births but shes illegitimate and marriages ...
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Where to find Scottish birth records from 1905?

I'm using family search and also find my past at the moment as they're both free for me to use. I'm looking for the birth certificate of my great granddad Alexander Barclay Ormond born circa 1905 in ...
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Are parents listed on marriage certificate "proof" of parentage?

I have traced back to a John McAllister born in 1856 in St Quivox, Ayrshire in Scotland. I have his marriage certificate which names both his parents (Thomas McAllister and Martha Strachan) however I ...
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Apprenticeship records for Ship Carpenters at Glasgow, Scotland in first half of 19th Century?

Two of my direct ancestors were Ship Carpenters: my 4th great grandfather Hugh Sillars was first noted as such in the 1841 Scotland Census: Hugh Sillars 37 Agnes Sillars 30 Robert Sillars 9 Agnes ...
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Looking for marriage record for John Leiper b. 1881 in Kincardineshire, Scotland

John Leiper is my 2nd great grandfather. I would like to find his marriage record. I believe he married a lady called Margery or Margaret Eddison. My dad told me about her after doing some family ...
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Seeking birth record for Margery/Margaret Eddison b. abt 1879 in Scotland?

Margery (or possibly Margaret) Eddison is my 2nd great grandmother. Eddison is her maiden name. I have been unable to find her birth or any records for her. I know about her only because my dad told ...
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In 1963 were photos dated when processed or when taken?

I am searching for my biological mother. I was born in August 1963 in London, UK. I have found a possible half-sister through Ancestry.com.ca and she has sent me some photos. This person does not ...
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Seeking marriage record for James Slight and Elizabeth Boyd from late 1820s probably near Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland?

I have mentioned my 3rd great grandfather William Slight before in Finding Edinburgh map engraver apprenticeship records of William Slight in 1840s? and am continuing to pursue his baptism record in ...
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What churches in/near Ward 6, Albany, New York State might have baptized Scottish baby in 1854?

I have asked an earlier question about the brief time my 2nd great grandfather Robert John Steven Sellers and his parents Robert Sellers and Margaret Clacher spent at Albany in New York State as ...
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Was William Campbell both married and having another relationship?

William Campbell born 1816/1819 Creich, Sutherland, Scotland, was the husband of Elspeth Matheson (born 1820 Rogart, sutherland) and had 6 children and as far as I can ascertain had a relationship ...
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Finding evidence for divorce of Hugh Sillars and Agnes Macculloch in mid-19th Century Scotland?

This question involves some of the same family as an earlier question of mine (Finding New York City/State records relating to Sellars family (British subjects) births/deaths mid 19th century?) but is ...
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Locating information on John Megone from 1800's Ireland

I'm trying to location more information on my 4th great grandparents John Megone (born around 1817) and his wife Agnes Galbraith (born around 1822). I've hit a brick wall. I can tell from the 1861 ...