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Monday, 18 July 2016

Online Access to New Record Sets

Two incredibly detailed records for researching your Scottish ancestors are the Kirk Session records, a record of discipline meted out by the Kirk Elders for such things as swearing, breaking sabbath, drunkenness, pre-nuptial fornication, and anything else that fit into loose morals or un-Christian living. These records have all been digitized and will be coming online later this year via the ScotlandsPeople website. 

The other record set that provides a detailed view into the lives of our ancestors were the Poor Law records. And Stirling Archives has taken the lead on indexing their Poor Law records and making the indexes fully searchable and available online. This is an incredible accomplishment. While the records need to be viewed in person in the archives, you can at least check to see whether the records in fact exist for your ancestors in Stirling. 

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