Happy New Year!
This just arrived in my email box today 3 January!
Search the Scottish Catholic Parish Register Indexes for free!
If you have Scottish ancestors please note the following free offer from Scotlandspeople! Wow wish I had Scottish ancestors!
Beware of giving up your credit card number . . . and note that only the indexes are free – if you find things you want to look at I would suggest buying a small quantity of Pay as you Go credits – but well worth it if you find your ancestors.
Also note that it ends on 9 January at 11.59 pm Scotland time!
“A New Year’s Gift from ScotlandsPeople!
For seven days only the Catholic Parish Register indexes are free to search* on ScotlandsPeople! You can explore the indexes for Catholic Births, Marriages, Deaths and Other Events for free from now until 9 January at 23:59 GMT.
*Indexes for Catholic Parish Registers are free to search from 3 January until 9 January 2016 at 23:59 GMT, and 1 credit per page of 25 index results thereafter. Images are chargeable and can be viewed for 5 credits per record.
What are the Catholic Parish Registers?
The Catholic Parish Registers are records of sacramental events recorded by the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland between 1703-1903. The registers comprise records of births and baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials, and also a small set of fascinating records of communicants, sick calls, first confessions and seat rents.
You can read more about the Catholic Parish Registers here.
What will you discover?
The majority of the surviving Catholic Parish Registers are pre-civil registration in Scotland, and so CPR records are an essential resource for pinpointing events which are known to have taken place within the Roman Catholic Church, and therefore are not recorded in the Old Parish Registers. Like the OPR’s, record keeping differed from Parish to Parish, and so the information recorded in the events is varied. Interestingly, in many cases you will find that the record is recorded in Latin, including the Latin equivalent of the recorded given name. Find out more about what you can discover within the Catholic Parish Registers here.
We hope that you enjoy exploring the Catholic Parish Registers on ScotlandsPeople!
All the best,
The ScotlandsPeople team