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Research Sources

General Register HouseBased near Edinburgh, Ar Turas has easy access to the Scotland’s People Centre at General Register House where the majority of our research is conducted.

Following the recent digitisation programme there is no longer any need to consult microfiche records in the majority of cases: digital images of statutory records, old parish registers and census entries, along with a growing number of other records are available on-screen, making the search quicker and more accurate.

The skill of the records searcher is in attention to detail coupled with extensive knowledge of the records available.

We consult:

Registration was (and remains) compulsory but free of charge.

These registers were maintained by the Parish Clerks of the Church of Scotland and vary greatly in the information included and as they are handwritten some are more legible that others! They can include births & baptisms, banns & marriages and deaths and burials. Catholic registers are also now available. Some people will not be found in these records as they may have belonged to another religious group - or none - or they may have been unable to pay the fee required.

A census has been taken once every 10 years in the UK since 1841, except for the war years and lists all the persons present in a particular household on the day of the census. A word of warning though - some people managed to hide from the enumerators or were overlooked and the householders did not always tell the truth, especially about their ages.

Not everyone had much to leave but for those who had property, or money or other assets to bequeath, the wills and testaments provide a fascinating insight into the lives and lifestyles of our ancestor.

You can be assured that Ar Turas will provide a high quality service at a very competitive price.

The Eildon Hills through the window of Melrose Abbey