Official government source for Scottish genealogy
: "Scottish Family History Service Announcement"
from my email
We are delighted to say September 18th 2004 sees the 2nd anniversary of our official launch, and in celebration of this occasion ScotlandsPeople met with the incumbent Registrar General for Scotland, Duncan Macniven. To find out about his fascinating role within the General Register Office for Scotland and his views for the future, please click on the following link http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php?area=content/articles/article&id=143
Since our launch in 2002 there have been many developments on the site and in a bid to enable you to search more effectively in the future we continue to improve the visitor experience and broaden the information available to you.
To read breaking news and find out what to expect from ScotlandsPeople in the following few months please click on this link [above - but what a pain - goes to a pdf documant not a web page]
In the meantime thank you for your custom and we hope you have success tracing your Scottish ancestry and continue to enjoy the site.
Download full press release PDF
why all the time wasting stuff for the single page below REALLY BAD WEB PAGE DESIGN
We are pleased to announce the setting up of a new Scottish Family History Service,
to be fully operational in 2006, which will create a "one-stop-shop" for genealogy
research by bringing together services currently provided separately by project
partners the National Archives of Scotland, General Register Office for Scotland and
the Court of the Lord Lyon. There will be a family history "campus" based around the
General Register House and New Register House buildings in Edinburgh.
As part of this project, early in 2005, online facilities currently provided by the
partners will be integrated to provide a seamless and enhanced service to family
historians through a redesigned ScotlandsPeople website
, which is being provided by Scotland On Line.
The new site will offer improved availability and ease of navigation, together with
easy access to the records of the project partners.
The new ScotlandsPeople site will give access to indexes and images of statutory
registers of births, marriages and deaths, census and old parish registers, but will bring
these resources together with the indexes and images of Scottish wills and testaments
1500-1901 currently provided on the Scottish Documents website.
The new integrated site will allow customers to
search the index of Scottish wills, 1500-1901, view the wills of famous Scots and use
the research tools free of charge, as is the case now. The charge for downloading an
image of a will also remains the same (at £5.00). The payment structure for access to
indexes and images of statutory registers of births, marriages and deaths, census and
old parish registers will remain as it is on the current ScotlandsPeople site.
Existing Scottish Documents customers will be able to transfer their customer account
to ScotlandsPeople, maintaining access to their previous searches and downloads. For
further information on this, please see the Latest News story on the Scottish
accounts will not be affected.
As work on the new site progresses, we will keep you up to date with developments.
We look forward to offering you an improved and expanded service in the years
and I hope a bEtter system of press releases too
The future of www.scottishdocuments.com
Latest Index Update: 90% of wills now available
15 September 2004
A full list of all 611,131 wills and inventories available online is given by court below. This is correct as at 10 September 2004.
The Testaments team is looking forward to making the remaining 10% of wills and inventories available. You can find a timetable of availability from the "Not yet available?" Help section. continues