Scotland Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Access the records: Scotland Marriages, 1561-1910 .

Collection Time Period[edit | edit source]

This index covers events from 1561 through 1910.

Record Description[edit | edit source]

This index is an electronic database of information compiled from a variety of sources including the following:

  • Family Records
  • Church Records
  • Civil Registration

This index is not complete for any particular place or region.

Record Content[edit | edit source]

The key genealogical facts found in marriage index entries may include:

  • Name of bride and groom
  • Names of the parents
  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

How to Use the Record[edit | edit source]

Use this index to help you learn more about your ancestors. The information could help you identify family relationships and lineages as well as direct you to original records of your ancestors, which may contain additional information.

Finding the Original Source for an Entry in This Collection[edit | edit source]

Each entry in this index has a source listed which includes a batch number. You will need to trace the batch number for the individual entry to learn its source. Please see the following wiki articles for more information on batch numbers:

If an FHL film number is given in the entry for your ancestor, search for it in the Family History Library Catalog.

Record History[edit | edit source]

For over 30 years, volunteer indexers extracted this information from microfilm copies of the original records. In 2001, some of the entries were published on 16 CDs by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the “British Isles Vital Records Index: England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.” This is an index of some marriages throughout Scotland. The index is not necessarily complete for any particular place or region.

Why This Record Was Created[edit | edit source]

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored the indexing of this collection to help individuals find information about their ancestors.

Record Reliability[edit | edit source]

Church records and civil registration were official records and are some of the most reliable sources of information available for those who were born, married, or died in Scotland.

Known Issues with This Collection[edit | edit source]

Important.png Problems with this collection?

Problem #1: We have determined that the source films 6035516 and 844775 are incorrect. What are the correct film numbers?

Problem #2: The record shows my ancestor was married in Greenock Middle or New Parish, but other records show Greenock Old or West Parish. What is wrong?

Answer #1: The Scotland Marriages, 1561-1910 collection is from a very early hand extraction and at times, it was difficult to trace back to the original film and has resulted in a few errors.
• Film number 6035516 is incorrect and should be 300274
• Film number 844775 is incorrect and should be 1040106

Answer #2: Due to challenges with early extractions and variable place names, some records show that a marriage took place in Greenock Middle or New Parish, but may have taken place in Old or West Greenock. Only viewing the microfilm will determine the actual location.

The source film number is listed on the record details. You may use it to order a microfilm copy into a nearby FamilySearch center for viewing.

Information on how to order microfilm and locate the nearest FamilySearch center can be found on the Wiki document from

Related Web Sites[edit | edit source]

Scotland Genealogy

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Related Wiki Articles[edit | edit source]


Quick Research Links - Scotland

Contributions to This Article[edit | edit source]

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Historical Records/Guidelines for Articles.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections[edit | edit source]

When you copy information from the record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find th record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you do not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched in found in the Wiki Article: How to Create Source Citations for FamilySearch Historical Records Collections

Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection:[edit | edit source]

"Scotland Marriages, 1561–1910." index, FamilySearch ( accessed April 7, 2011). entry for Andrew Shinan and Janet Wilson, married 4 December 1811; citing Marriage Records, FHL microfilm 1,041,386; Index entries derived from digital copies from original and compiled records.

Sources of This Collection[edit | edit source]

"Scotland Marriages, 1561-1910" index, FamilySearch ( Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.