How to order a Scottish birth, marriage or death record

By Editor, 17 August 2017 - 8:15pm

Statutory birth, marriage and death records play a vital role in Scottish family history research, as Lulu discovered. Follow these three simple steps to discover your own ancestors

 

Lulu marriage certificate

Singer Lulu discovered that her grandparents did not marry in church, due to their different religious backgrounds, but were married instead by the local registrar
 

1. Visit ScotlandsPeople.org.uk 

ScotlandsPeople step one

Although ScotlandsPeople is a pay-for website, it is possible to search for free. First type in the name of the person you are interested in and a date range. There are closure restrictions for ordering using this method (100 years for births, 70 for marriages and 50 for deaths), so it is not suitable for recent family Here we have entered the name of Lulu's grandfather Hugh Cairns.

 

2. Choose the record set you are interested in

ScotlandsPeople step two
 

108 results have been found, with 31 in 'Statutory registers' which is what we are looking for. To look at the results for marriages, click on the link next to 'Marriages' in Statutory registers. If too many or too few results have appeared, you can change your search parameters accordingly.

 

3. Find the correct marriage

ScotlandsPeople step three
 

In the past you had to pay to see the results at this level, but now it is free. This means you can get quite a bit of information without having to part with any money.

We can see here that Hugh Cairns married Helen Darling Kennedy in Blythswood in 1925. To order the image, you will need to have registered for an account and have bought some credits. It costs £7.50 for 30 credits which is enough to view five different images in the statutory registers collection.

Once you have registered, bought credits and clicked on 'View Image' you can access the original record instantly (see below).

Lulu full marriage certificate

 
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