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What is available on ScotlandsPeople?

 

The Catholic Parish Register images and indexes can be viewed on ScotlandsPeople.gov.uk website. This section gives some indication of the records which have been digitised and indexed and when they are available.

 

What records are available and when?  
Why are some categories complete, and others incomplete?  
What does complete mean?  
What does incomplete mean?  
Will more records be digitised and indexed in the future?

 

WHAT RECORDS ARE AVAILABLE AND WHEN?

Catholic Parish Registers: Scotland
 
Pre-1855
Available
Post-1855
Available
Total
1703-1855 complete
 
1855-1958 incomplete;
 
403,866
452,846
 
 
 
 
 
Baptisms and births
1703-1855 complete;
Yes
1855-1908 incomplete;
Yes
213,760
260,052
Deaths, burials and funerals
1782-1855 complete;
Yes
1855-1959 incomplete;
Yes
7,465
11,617
Marriages
1794-1855 complete;
Yes
1855-1934 incomplete;
Yes
32,281
62,384
Confirmations
1794-1855 complete;
Yes
1855-1909 incomplete;
Yes
12,740
30,930
Confessions
1839-1846 complete;
Yes
1890-1909 incomplete;
Yes
6,646
0
Converts
1741-1855 complete;
Yes
1855-1909 incomplete;
Yes
503
119
Communicants
1782-1855 complete;
Yes
1855-1909 incomplete;
Yes
104,451
69,334
Status Animarum
1804-1855 complete;
Yes
1855-1909 incomplete;
Yes
15,255
5,415
Seat Rents
1829-1855 complete;
Yes
1855-1909 incomplete;
Yes
8,171
12,995
Sick Call
1827-1855 complete;
Yes
None
 
2,594
Catholic Cemeteries: Scotland
 
Pre-1855
Available
Post-1855
Available
Total
1851-1855 complete
 
1855-1958 complete;
 
7,996
256,778
 
 
 
 
 
Glasgow: Dalbeth
1851-1855 complete;
Yes
1855-1959 complete;
Yes
7,996
256,778
Edinburgh: Mount Vernon
None
 
1895-1959 complete;
Yes
 
0
Catholic Bishopric of the Forces: British Armed Forces worldwide
 
Pre-1855
Available
Post-1855
Available
Total
1836-1855 complete
 
1855-1958 complete;
 
121
17,708
 
 
 
 
 
Baptisms and births
1855 complete;
Yes
1855-1908 complete;
Yes
113
11,684
Deaths
1855 complete;
Yes
1855-1959 complete;
Yes
6
3,615
Marriages
1836-1855 complete;
Yes
1855-1934 complete;
Yes
2
1,371
Confirmations
1855 complete;
 Yes
1867-1909 complete;
Yes
2
1,038
 

WHY ARE SOME CATEGORIES COMPLETE, AND OTHERS INCOMPLETE?

The Catholic Parish Registers project began with a focussed plan – to digitise and index all pre-1855 Catholic parish registers that existed. It became very clear during the project that more than pre-1855 records were being digitised and indexed for three reasons:
1.       Some volumes which began before 1855 continued on after 1855, in some case up to 100 years
2.       Some parishes had chosen to deposit more than pre-1855 parish registers at the Scottish Catholic Archives
3.       The records of the Bishopric of the Forces; Dalbeth Cemetery, Glasgow; and Mount Vernon Cemetery, Edinburgh were available in full
The decision was taken to carry on digitising and indexing the records because it was felt there would be a demand for them.
 

WHAT DOES COMPLETE MEAN? 

If the records survive, they have been digitised and indexed and made available online. No surviving records are thought to be missing from the collection – however this does not mean that all localities are covered by all records at all times.
 

WHAT DOES INCOMPLETE MEAN?

If the records were available to the Scottish Catholic Archives, they were digitised and indexed. In the post-1855 period, the collection of records is far from complete.
 

WILL MORE RECORDS BE DIGITISED AND INDEXED IN THE FUTURE?

There are no plans at the moment to continue gathering, digitising or indexing more records from the post-1855 period.
  
 
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