Background to church registers How to search church registers Understanding the contents of church registers Church register images Which parishes and congregations have registers in the index Most churches keep registers of baptisms, marriages and burials and some keep registers of other events relating to people.On the Scotlandspeople site you can search the registers of the Church of Scotland, the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland and some other Presbyterian churches.Some registers have been lost or destroyed and the condition of the surviving 3500 is variable.The National Records of Scotland holds the surviving original registers.
These other church registers are in the course of being added to the Scotlands People site.
Registration in the Church of Scotland's registers was costly and unpopular, so many people did not bother to register events at all.
Although details of some non-conformists can be found in Established Church registers, many members of other religious denominations chose to have events registered in their own churches.
Churches have kept registers of baptisms (or births), marriages, burials (or deaths) and other events (such as people moving from one parish to another) for centuries.
On this site you can search registers kept by the Church of Scotland, the Roman Catholic church and other churches.