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RCE Help

What does RCE mean?

RCE stands for Register of Corrected Entries. Since 1965, it has been known as the Register of Corrections, Etc.

Once an entry in a statutory register had been completed, the original entry could not be altered if an error was later discovered or some other amendment was required as a result of new information,. Instead, each registrar kept a register of corrected entries in which such amendments were written, originally after they had been approved by a sheriff. The original statutory register entry was then marked RCE, Register of Corrected Entries or Reg. Cor. Ent. in the left margin, followed by the volume number, page number and date of the correction.

Corrections to birth entries might be to name, residence, identity, or as a result of a sheriffs finding in a paternity case, with the fathers name being added as directed by the sheriff, or as a result of an illegitimate child being legitimised by the subsequent marriage of the parents. Corrections to marriage entries may relate to name, residence or identity, bigamy or divorce. Corrections to death entries may relate to name, residence, identity or sudden or accidental death.

How to view an RCE

  • Select a statutory image as normal.
  • If there is an RCE attached to the record, a red View RCE button will appear. Click View RCE to view the relevant RCE. Remember that this will cost you 2 credits.
  • PLEASE NOTE RCEs are mapped to the relevant page in the statutory register and not to the specific entry. If there are multiple RCEs on the register page, the database will return the first RCE on the page, which may not be the one you are interested in. To view other RCEs on the register page, simply hit the View Page After button. You will not be charged further.
  • Once you have viewed the RCE, hit Leave RCE to return to the original register page.

The following is an example of an RCE relating to a name change in a birth entry:
Birth entry showing RCE reference in left margin

The following is an example of an RCE relating to a bigamous marriage:
Marriage entry showing RCE reference in left margin

The following is an example of an RCE relating to an accidental death, in this case a victim of the Tay Rail Bridge disaster, December 1879:
Death entry showing RCE reference in left margin Please note the entry for the death of one of the guards on the train also appears on this page.

Customers should be aware that if a marriage certificate is annotated with an RCE, and that RCE is related to a subsequent divorce, the facility does not presently exist to link to that divorce record.

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