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Statutory Registers

The statutory registers comprise the official records of births, marriages and deaths in Scotland from 1 January 1855 when civil registration replaced the old system of registration by parishes of the Established Church (Church of Scotland). From 1855, registration became compulsory, regardless of religious denomination, and followed a standard format for each record type. More information was required in order to register an event, particularly at the start of the new system.

The National Records of Scotland holds statutory births,marriages and deaths for the whole of Scotland from 1855 to present.

Indexes of Scottish births and deaths (1855-2009) and marriages (1855-2009), and images of births (1855-1913), marriages (1855-1938) and deaths (1855-1963) can be viewed here on ScotlandsPeople.

To find out more about the different types of statutory records, select one from the right menu.

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