Free Scottish resources added to the web

By Jon Bauckham, 21 November 2013 - 4:51pm

Recent additions to the Maxwell Ancestry website include searchable indexes of parish records and paternity cases heard in the south of Scotland

Thursday 21 November 2013
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A Scottish genealogy company has added a number of new features to its website, opening up access to thousands of historic records.

Maxwell Ancestry now provides a free searchable index to the transcripts of more than 9,000 birth, baptism, marriage, death and burial records. Dating back to the 17th century, researchers can find their forebears by details such as name, revealing additional information such as year and location.

Covering the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway, the entries were transcribed from Kirk Session material hailing from the Church of Scotland and other Presbyterian churches, now held by the National Records of Scotland.

While the more commonly used Church of Scotland Old Parish Registers (or ‘OPRs’) can be found on ScotlandsPeople.gov.uk, the Kirk Session records were created separately, meaning that family historians may be able to find events in their ancestors’ lives not recorded elsewhere.

As well as updates to the website’s prison index, Maxwell Ancestry has also launched a database of 19th-century paternity cases, containing details of mothers who took the fathers of their illegitimate offspring to court for maintenance.

While the resource only covers Dumfriesshire and Roxburghshire at present, it is hoped that it will be expanded to include entries from across southern Scotland.

As with the parish register index, researchers have the option of being able to ‘click through’ each of the search results and purchase the full transcription. If help is required to understand the records, the site now also features a series of guides, containing information about each of Maxwell Ancestry’s online collections.

“Our new and updated collections provide access to a vast archive of information, previously unindexed, from the National Records of Scotland,” co-owner Emma Maxwell told Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine.

“Our expanded prison index and new paternity collection allow you to find more genealogy data and also learn about the real lives of your ancestors in southern Scotland.”
 

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► Explore the free resources at maxwellancestry.com/census/default.htm

 

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