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Civil Registration Certificates

Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths became compulsory in Scotland on 1 January 1855. The original copies are held in New Register House, Edinburgh. Members of the public are allowed to carry out a general search of the indexes for a daily fee, the indexes are accessed via computer and the registration data is viewed on microfiche. In order to increase the likelihood of successfully finding the data that you seek, the fullest amount of information should be given- date and place of event, the names of parents or spouse, otherwise it is almost impossible for a successful search to be carried out unless the name is an unusual one - the maiden surname of a married woman should also be given as females are indexed under both married and maiden surname. Transcriptions carry no legal validity

The addresses given in civil registration certificates are a very useful tool to finding family members in the census returns. Listed below is the information that one can procure from registration certificates.

Birth Certificate

Name of Child Date and Place of Birth Place of Residence, if different Name & Surname of Father Occupation of Father Name & Surname of Mother Maiden Surname of Mother Occupation of Mother Date of Parents Marriage Place of Parents Marriage If Parents Deceased Name of Informant Relationship to Child Name of Registrar Date of Registration Place of Registration Register of Corrected Entries

Marriage Certificate

Date of Marriage Place of Marriage According to Forms or Rites of Name & Surname of Groom Age Marital Status Occupation Usual Residence Name & Surname of Father Occupation of Father If Deceased Name & Surname of Mother Maiden Surname of Mother If Deceased Name & Surname of Bride Age Marital Status Occupation Usual Residence Name & Surname of Father Occupation of father If deceased Name & Surname of Mother Maiden Surname of Mother If Deceased Name of Minister Name of Witnesses Name of Registrar Date of Registration Place of Registration Register of Corrected Entries

Death Certificate

Name & Surname of Deceased Age Occupation Date of Death Place of Death Place of Residence ( If different) Marital Status & Name of Spouse Name of Father Occupation of Father If Deceased Name of Mother Maiden Surname of Mother Occupation of Mother If Deceased Cause of Death Name of Informant Relationship to the Deceased Place of Residence if different to where death took place Medical Attendant Name of Registrar Date of Registration Place of Registration Register of Corrected Entries



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