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1855 Civil Registration Records
A Virtual Treasure Trove of Information

Civil registration began in Scotland in 1855. Prior to that, events such as birth, marriages, and burials, were recorded in the old parish registers. What makes an 1855 record extraordinary is the amount of information requested and recorded. The number of questions spill over two pages, probably making the act of registration a chore both for informant and registrar. The following year, the amount of information was severely pruned. Thus, 1855 records stand out as genealogical gems.

Meg Greenwood has been transcribing the Death records, and with the help of Randy Chapple has been compiling them into a searchable index which can be accessed through the link immediately below. Please note, presently only the death records are being transcribed.

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Births

Information on the left side of the register, page 1 of 2

CHILD
Name (if given), and whether Informant present or not,
Baptismal Name (if different), or Name given without Baptism after Registration;
and Date of insertion thereof.
Sex When born.
Year, Day of Month, Hour
Where born.
If in Lodgings, so stated.


Actual page represention
Entry #61, Parish of Stoneykirk births

snippet of birth pg 1

Information on the right side of the register, page 2 of 2

PARENTS INFORMANT When and where registered, and
Signature of Registrar
Father's Mother's Signature of Father or Mother or other
Informant, and Residence, if out of the
house in which the Birth occurred.
Name;Rank,Profession or Occupation; Age;
Birthplace
When and where married,
Issue, living and deceased.
Name; Maiden Name;age;
Birthplace


Actual page represention
1st entry, pg. 13, Parish of Wigtown births

snippet of birth pg 2



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Marriages

Information on the left side of the register, page 1 of 2

When, where and how married Signatures of Parties Residence Age Rank or Profession, and
Relationship of Parties
(if related)
Condition
Present Usual If a Widower or Widow,
whether Second or Third
Marriage
Children by such
former marriage
Living Dead


Actual page represention
Entry #2, Parish of Inch, 1855 marriage

snippet of marriage extract

Information on the right side of the register, page 2 of 2

Birthplace and when and where registered Parent's If regular Marriage, Signatures of Officiating Minister and Witnesses If irregular, date of Extract Sentence of Conviction, or Degree of Declarator, and in what Court pronounced. When and where registered and Signature of Registrar
Names Rank, Profession or Occupation


Parish of Wigtown, 1855 birth record

snippet of marriage extract

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Deaths

Meg Greenwood has been working on transcribing all the 1855 Wigtownshire deaths records,and with Randy Chapple's help has been compiling them into a searchable index - truly a huge task. To read more about Meg's transcriptions, and to view those records already transcribed, please click the following link. View 1855 death transcriptions.

Information on the left side of the register, page 1 of 2

Description of the Deceased
Name, Rank, Profession or Occupation Sex Age Where born,
and how long in this District
Parents' Names,
and Rank, Profession, or Occupation
If Deceased was married,
To whom. Issue in order of birth, their names and ages.


Actual page represention
Entry #29, Parish of Kirkcolm, 1855 death

snippet of death extract


Information on the right side of the register, page 2 of 2

Particulars of Death Signature of Informant. When and Where registered, and
Signature of Registrar
When died.
Year, Day of Month, Hour
Where died Cause of Death, and how long Disease continued.
Medical Attendant by whom certified, and when certified, and when
he last saw deceased.
Burial Place.
Undertaker by whom certified


Actual page represention
1st entry, page 10, Wigtown, 1855 death

snippet of death extract

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