Go back to 19th-century Scotland with our latest releases

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By Niall Cullen | March 27, 2020

Kilmarnock Scotland records

Findmypast is home to the fastest-growing collection of Scottish family records online.

If your clan has origins in Ayrshire, Scotland, you'll want to see what's new this Findmypast Friday. These latest record releases are only available online at Findmypast and have been published in partnership with East Ayrshire Family History Society.

Scotland, Ayrshire, Kilmarnock Valuation Roll 1874

Trace ancestors who owned or rented land in Kilmarnock with these valuation roll records from 1874. Transcripts with the most important family tree details, as well as digital copies of the original records can reveal:

Scotland's valuation rolls recorded the people, properties and taxes for each county and burgh in the country between 1855 and 1996.

Scotland, Ayrshire, Kilmarnock Ratepayers 1838-1846

These unique records of ratepayers in Kilmarnock could reveal your Scottish ancestors' names, occupations and addresses.

Local and central government officials collected these property records until The Lands Valuation (Scotland) Act, 1854 established a uniform process for valuing tenancies across the country.

Scotland, Ayrshire, Kilmarnock Voters Lists 1837-1852

We're rounding-off our exclusive Kilmarnock collection with these fascinating electoral records. A combination of the records' transcripts and digitised images of the original documents can reveal:

At the time these records were taken, the right to vote in Scotland was not universal. Only owners or tenants of residences worth more than £10 could vote, provided all of their taxes had been paid for the previous year.

Cross-referencing our new Kilmarnock records with Scottish censuses from surrounding years is a useful way to discover more details about your family and make sure you're focusing on the right person.


We've added almost a century's worth of pages from one new newspaper along with substantial updates to 10 titles from England and Ireland this week. Brand new to the site is:

As well as that, here is the list of papers that have had more pages added and the years covered:

We'd love to hear about your discoveries from this week's records and newspapers. Share your finds on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, tagging them with #WhereWillYourPastTakeYou?

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