From 1700 to 1959 the indexes are in book form (FHL book Q 941 R2ch). These indexes are very valuable because they give more information than just name and page. The information can help you decide if a certain service of heir is really the one you want. The actual records are difficult to read because they are in Latin. From 1700 to 1860, the indexes are on microfilm (FHL film 990340).
=== '''Availability of Records''' ===
The Scottish Record Office has the original service of heir records. The Family History Library also has microfilm copies of original records from 1586 to 1901. Each volume is indexed. To find the microfilm numbers, look in the Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:
The Family History Library has printed abstracts of services to heirs from 1544 to 1700, in ''Inquisition ad capellam domini regis refornatarum abbreviatio.'' [Scotland]: n.p., 1811-1816. (FHL book Q 941 A2i; film 908847.) These records are in Latin.
=== Chancery Record Availability Chart ===
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***Retours could have been recorded many years after the fact, so you should search accordingly.
Before 1848, retours and services of heirs are also found in sheriff, burgh, and regality court records. Sometimes their verdicts were not ‘retoured’ to Chancery, so the records of these other courts should also be searched.
Beginning in November 1847, services of heirs were granted from the Chancery Court only, though local courts continued to hold inquests and issue retours.
The <u>''records of inquest''</u>of the local courts may contain more information and may have survived. Locating a list of local archives and their websites at [http://www.scan.org.uk/directory/contactdetails.htm SCAN]. You will find indexes to Inquests and Services of Heirs.
=== References ===
The following book will be of special interest for people in North America using Scottish service of heir records: