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Statutory Registers

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Births
Marriages
Deaths
RCE's
Minor Records

A digital image of a statutory record is a scan of the microfiche copy of the original register page containing the entry in which you are interested. There will usually be other entries on the page. The entry contains the same information you would normally see when looking at the actual record. Note 1855 images display five entries per page and extend over two pages, due to the extra information required by the registrar in that year.

The statutory images are in .tif (TIFF) format, and viewing an image costs 5 credits (equivalent to 1GBP). See How to View an Image for more information. A description of each image incorporating search name, image type and reference number and the date and time that the image was generated, can be found at the top of each image. If you would prefer not to display these details, uncheck the "Image Description Appears In Image" box on the "My Details" page.

Images are Crown copyright; however, they are not official copies. If you wish to have a certified, legally admissible copy of the specific register entry in which you are interested, you will need to order an extract. See Extracts for more information.

Births
The following table indicates when particular details were introduced to and/or removed from statutory birth registration. Please note that only images of statutory births from 1855 to 1912 are presently available to view on this site.

Registers of Births Date Range
Child: name, sex, date, time & place of birth 1855 to date
Mother: name & maiden surname 1855 to date
Mother: occupation (usually shown only if parents not married or no father's name given) 1855 - 1998
Mother: occupation 1999 to date
Mother: age & place of birth 1855 only
Father: name & rank, profession or occupation 1855 to date
Father: age & place of birth 1855 only
Parents: date & place of marriage 1855 only, then 1861 to date
Siblings: parents' other children, living or deceased (numbers and sex only) 1855 only
Informant: qualification & signature (address if different from location of birth) 1855 to date
Registrar: date & place of registration, signature 1855 to date

Example of a statutory births image

Marriages
The following table indicates when particular details were introduced to and/or removed from statutory marriage registration. Please note that only images of statutory marriages from 1855 to 1937 are presently available to view on this site.

Registers of Marriages Date Range
Bridegroom: name & marital status 1855 to date
Bridegroom: age 1855 - 1971
Bridegroom: date & place of birth 1855, then 1972 to date
Bridegroom: rank, profession or occupation 1855 to date
Bridegroom: residence 1855 to date
Bride: name & marital status 1855 to date
Bride: age 1855 - 1971
Bride: date & place of birth 1855 only, then 1972 to date
Bride: rank, profession or occupation 1855 to date
Bride: residence 1855 to date
Couple: date & place of marriage 1855 to date
Couple: if irregular marriage, date of conviction etc. 1855 - 1965
Couple: relationship, if related to each other 1855 - 1860
Parents of couple: name including maiden surnames of mothers 1855 to date
Parents of couple: rank, profession or occupation 1855 to date
Parents of couple: alive or deceased? 1855 to date
Children of couple by each former marriage 1855 only
Witnesses: signatures 1855 to date
Witnesses: addresses 1922 to date
Marriage celebrant: signature 1855 to date
Registrar: date & place of registration, signature 1855 to date
Form of Marriage e.g. Established Church of Scotland, Free Kirk, Licence (type) etc 1855 to date

Example of a statutory marriage image

Deaths
The following table indicates when particular details were introduced to and/or removed from statutory death registration. Please note that only images of statutory deaths from 1855 to 1962 are presently available to view on this site.

Registers of Deaths Date Range
Deceased: name, sex & marital status 1855 to date
Deceased: date of birth 1966 to date
Deceased: place of birth 1855 only
Deceased: rank, profession or occupation 1855 to date
Deceased: how long in the District? 1855 only
Deceased: date, time & place of death 1855 to date
Deceased: age at death 1855 to date
Deceased: causes of death 1855 to date
Deceased: duration of disease 1855 - 1964
Parents: name & rank, profession or occupation 1855 to date
Parents: alive or deceased? 1855 to date
Spouse: name 1855, sometimes 1856 - 60, then 1861 to date
Children: names & ages at date of death certificate or age and year of death if child pre-deceased parent 1855 only
Doctor: name of doctor certifying death 1855 to date
Doctor: when last saw deceased alive 1855 - 1860
Burial place & name of undertaker 1855 - 1860
Informant: qualification & signature 1855 to date
Informant: residence 1855 - 1965, then 1972 to date
Registrar: date & place of registration, signature 1855 to date

Example of a statutory death image

RCEs
You may occasionally come across a statutory image with a note in the margin ‘RCE’ and a reference number. RCE stands for Register of Corrected Entries, or, after 1965, Register of Corrections, Etc. If, after an entry in a register had been completed, an error was discovered or some other amendment was required as a result of new information, the original entry could not be altered. Instead, each registrar kept a register of corrected entries in which such amendments were written, originally after they had been approved by a sheriff. Corrections to birth entries might be to name, residence, identity, or as a result of a sheriff’s finding in a paternity case, with the father’s name being added as directed by the sheriff, or as a result of an illegitimate child being legitimised by its parents’ subsequent marriage. Corrections to marriage entries might relate to name, residence or identity, bigamy or divorce. Corrections to death entries might relate to sudden or accidental death.
Images of RCEs are now available here on ScotlandsPeople. Please read the help on RCEs before viewing them.

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
RCE

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

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.
RCE

Minor Records
The Minor Records comprise records of births, marriages and deaths of Scottish persons outside Scotland.

Images of Minor Records (births up to 1912, marriages up to 1937 and deaths up to 1962) are available here on ScotlandsPeople. For index entries after these dates, you may wish to order an extract to see the full details of the register entry. Find out more

The following sample images illustrate the type of information found in the Minor Records:

Births
Foreign Returns
Marine Register
Service Returns

Marriages
Foreign Returns
Service Returns

Deaths
Air Register
Foreign Returns
Marine Register 1
Marine Register 2 Note: Cause of death was recorded in this register as a number. Find out more
Service Returns
War Returns: South African War; World War I; World War II

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