New and exclusive Scottish family records

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By Liam Kelly | June 12, 2020

New Scottish genealogy records

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

If you’ve got Scottish ancestors, you’ll want to see what’s new this Findmypast Friday. These latest record releases are only available online at Findmypast.

Scotland Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms

We’ve added almost 69,000 additional records to this collection, covering 11 parishes across Scotland. Baptism records can reveal excellent details for your family tree including:

The digitised images of the original records are incredible, in some cases giving you extra facts about your ancestors such as:

Scotland Roman Catholic Parish Congregational Records

Once you’ve found your ancestor’s baptism record, it’s time to find the next milestone event in their life. To help with this, we’ve added over 55,000 congregational records to our Scottish Roman Catholic collection. Congregational records include registers of confirmations and communion recipients, as well as parish lists, seat rentals, and lists of people who converted to Catholicism. The records can reveal even more details for your family tree including:

Always check the digitised image of the record. It will usually provide additional facts about your ancestor such as the names of their confirmation sponsors or the location of their seat rental.

Scotland Roman Catholic Marriages

With over 27,000 new marriage records across 11 parishes, there's never been a better time to find out more about your Scottish Catholic ancestors. Who did they marry and where did they marry? Marriage records tell the stories, with revealing details like:

Once again, the record images can reveal even more detail. By viewing the original record, you could uncover witness and priest names and where the couple lived.

For all of this week's Catholic additions, check the parish list for details of the new parishes and time frames covered. You'll see them tagged as new on the list.

Scotland Roman Catholic Parish Burials

The Scottish Roman Catholic collection is rounded off with brand new burial records from eight parishes, nearly 9,000 of them. Burial records provide details on the final resting place of your ancestors including:

All of the latest additions to our Scottish Roman Catholic parish record collection have been provided by the Catholic National Endowment Trust Charity No. SCO 16650 (known as The Bishops' Conference of Scotland) and form part of our groundbreaking Catholic Heritage Archive.

Scotland, Linlithgowshire (West Lothian), Electoral Registers 1864-1931

We've added over a million names to this collection in partnership with the British Library.

As voting lists were compiled annually, you're likely to find your ancestor featured more than once. Your search could reveal:

Published as searchable PDF documents, using keywords and wildcard searches can help you pinpoint the record you're looking for.

Scotland BillionGraves Cemetery Index

More than 59,000 records have been added to our cemetery index for Scotland.

Cemetery records not only help you discover where and when your ancestor died, they can also provide you with important information on birth and marriage dates.

Flora MacDonald's grave

The grave of Flora MacDonald, one of many powerful women at the centre of Scotland's Jacobite Rebellion.

Our partnership with BillionGraves aims to save you time and money as you search for your family's gravesites. BillionGraves is the largest resource of its kind online, with over 12 million GPS-tagged headstone and burial records.


This week, we've added five brand new titles to our newspaper collection:

As well as those brand new editions, Cricket has been updated with pages from 1882-1913.

Findmypast Fridays live

What have this week's new records and newspapers helped unlock in your past? Perhaps a Scottish chapter of your family story has been shaped by these latest releases. We'd love to hear about your discoveries. Reach out to us on social media using #WhereWillYourPastTakeYou? for a chance to be featured.

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Liam Kelly