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Guide to '''Selkirkshire County ancestry, family history and genealogy:''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.  
Selkirkshire is an inland county in the south of Scotland, bounded on the north by the counties of Peebles and Edinburgh, on the south by Dumfriesshire, on the east by Roxburghshire, and on the west by Peeblesshire.  It is 27 miles in length from south-west to north-east and 16 miles in breadth, comprising an area of 263 square miles or 168,320 acres. 
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This county, along with Roxburgh, anciently formed part of the forest of Ettrick, which was a favorite resort of the Scottish sovereigns for&nbsp;the purpose of hunting. About two-thirds of the county is now the property of the Duke of Buccleuch. The county includes nine parishes. Selkirk is the county town and&nbsp;a royal burgh.&nbsp; It also contains part of the market town of Galashiels and numerous small hamlets.  
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==History==
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Selkirkshire is an inland county in the south of Scotland, bounded on the north by the counties of Peebles and Edinburgh, on the south by Dumfriesshire, on the east by Roxburghshire, and on the west by Peeblesshire. It is 27 miles in length from south-west to north-east and 16 miles in breadth comprising an area of 263 square miles or 168,320 acres.  
  
The surface of the county is mountainous.&nbsp; About 10,000 acres are arable, 2300 are woodland and plantations, 1250 acres are garden and pleasure gournds, and the remainder is mountain pasture, principally for sheep.&nbsp; There are no minerals to speak of.&nbsp; The chief manufactures are of woollen cloth and stockings.&nbsp; There are two tanneries and several establishments for making agricultural implements.&nbsp;
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This county, along with Roxburgh, anciently formed part of the forest of Ettrick, which was a favorite resort of the Scottish sovereigns for the purpose of hunting. About two-thirds of the county is now the property of the Duke of Buccleuch. The county includes nine parishes. Selkirk is the county town and a royal burgh. It also contains part of the market town of Galashiels and numerous small hamlets.  
  
The population of the county in 1851 was 7990.  
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The population of the county in 1851 was 7990.<ref>Samuel Lewis. ''Topographical Dictionary of Scotland'', (London, England: S. Lewis and Co., 1846), 3 v.: 651, [FHL book 941 E5]. Digitized by FamilySearch International, ''FamilySearch.org'', https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/216925 (accessed  June 20, 2016).</ref><ref>Samuel Lewis. "Saddell - Selkirkshire," in ''A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland'', (London, 1846), 445-461. ''British History Online'', http://www.british-history.ac.uk/topographical-dict/scotland/pp445-461 (accessed June 7, 2020).</ref>
  
('''Source:'''&nbsp; Samuel Lewis' ''Topographical Dictionary of Ireland''.&nbsp; 2nd ed., 1851.&nbsp; Family History Library&nbsp;book {{FHL|941 E5L |disp=941 E5L, 2 vols.)}}&nbsp;
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== ScotlandsPeople: An Important Online Source ==
==[http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/ Scotlands People: An Important Online Source]==
 
  
[http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/ ScotlandsPeople] is one of the largest online sources of original genealogical information. If you are researching UK genealogy, your Scottish ancestry or building your Scottish family tree, they have more than 100 million records to look through.
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'''[http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/ ScotlandsPeople]''' is one of the largest online sources of original genealogical information. If you are researching UK genealogy, your Scottish ancestry or building your Scottish family tree, they have more than 100 million records to look through.
  
 
The comprehensive choice of Scottish records includes:
 
The comprehensive choice of Scottish records includes:
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For more detail on exact record availability, see [http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/Content/Help/index.aspx?r=554&413 Availability.] For examples of the records available, see [http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/Content/Help/index.aspx?r=554&408 Record Types and Examples.] More information on the site, its contents, and instructions for using it can be found in the [[ScotlandsPeople|ScotlandsPeople Wiki article]]. Indexes may be searched for free, and there is a small pay per view fee to see the actual digitized record.
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For more detail on record availability, see [http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/Content/Help/index.aspx?r=554&413 Guides.] For the content guide to what records are on the site, see [https://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/guides/record-guides-alphabetical Guides A-Z.] More information on the site, its contents, and instructions for using it can be found in the [[ScotlandsPeople|ScotlandsPeople Wiki article]]. Indexes may be searched for free, and there is a pay per view fee to see the digitized record.
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== Census  ==
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Many census records have been indexed by surname. Some indexes cover one parish (and will be listed in the Wiki on the parish page) and some indexes are for the county as a whole.&nbsp;The Family History Library has&nbsp;county-wide census placename indexes for&nbsp;Selkirkshire for {{FHL|709732|title-id|disp=1881}}.&nbsp;&nbsp;Click [[Selkirkshire Census Surname Index|here&nbsp;for]] other census indexes available at the library.
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*[http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/ ScotlandsPeople], index, images, free index, pay per view ($)
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2016000?collectionNameFilter=false Scotland Census, 1841], no images. Also at [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10322/1841-scotland-census-extract?s=218489221 MyHeritage], index, ($). Also at [http://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-world-Records/1841-england-wales-and-scotland-census FindMyPast], index, ($). Also at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1004 Ancestry.com], index, ($).
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2028673?collectionNameFilter=true Scotland Census, 1851], no images. Also at [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10323/1851-scotland-census-extract?s=218489221 MyHeritage], index, ($). Also at [http://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-world-Records/1851-england-wales-and-scotland-census FindMyPast], index, ($). Also at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1076 Ancestry.com], index, ($).
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2028677?collectionNameFilter=false Scotland Census, 1861], no images. Also at [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10324/1861-scotland-census-extract?s=218489221 MyHeritage], index, ($). Also at [http://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-world-Records/1861-england-wales-and-scotland-census FindMyPast], index, ($).  Also at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1080 Ancestry.com], index, ($).
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2028678?collectionNameFilter=false Scotland Census, 1871], no images. Also at [http://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-world-Records/1871-england-wales-and-scotland-census FindMyPast], index, ($). Also at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1104 Ancestry.com], index, ($).
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2046756?collectionNameFilter=false Scotland Census, 1881], no images. Also at [http://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-world-Records/1881-england-wales-and-scotland-census FindMyPast], index, ($). Also at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1119 Ancestry.com], index, ($).
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2046943?collectionNameFilter=false Scotland Census, 1891], no images. Also at [http://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-world-Records/1891-england-wales-and-scotland-census FindMyPast], index, ($). Also at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1108 Ancestry.com], index, ($).
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*{{RecordSearch|3212239|Scotland Census, 1901}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index.
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*[http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/ Scotland Census, 1901], index and images, ($). Also at [http://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-world-Records/1901-england-wales-and-scotland-census FindMyPast], index, ($). Also at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1101 Ancestry.com], index, ($).
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*[http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/ Scotland Census, 1911], index and images, ($).
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==Church Records==
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*'''1658 - 1919''' - {{RecordSearch|2390848|Scotland Church Records and Kirk Session Records, 1658-1919}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1736 - 1990''' - {{RecordSearch|2421466|Scotland Presbyterian & Protestant Church Records, 1736-1990}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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==Civil Registration or Statutory Registers==
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| bgcolor="#f7f3b1" colspan="3" | <center>Images and Indexes Available at '''{{H:title|This is the primary website for Scotland Research where you can access civil registration, census, and parish records. It also has probate indexes. View images online or order documents |http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/|label=ScotlandsPeople Website|link=yes|dotted=no|external=yes}} ($)'''</center>
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== Parishes  ==
 
== Parishes  ==
 
Some of the Selkirkshire parish records are indexed in [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5850 '''Selkirk, Scotland, Extracted Parish Records''']. <br>
 
Some of the Selkirkshire parish records are indexed in [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5850 '''Selkirk, Scotland, Extracted Parish Records''']. <br>
::This database is a collection of historical parish registers from the county of Selkirk in the country of Scotland. The records in this collection can range in date from the early 1500s to the mid- to late-1800s. The records include baptisms/christenings, burials, marriages, tombstone inscriptions, obituaries, tax lists, wills, and other miscellaneous types of records. Also included are some records from non-conformist churches.  You will find interesting phonetic spelling. Some of the records may be in Latin or even a Welsh or Scottish dialect. Due to the nature of the records and because the records were originally compiled by a third party, it is difficult to absolutely verify the completeness and validity of the data.  
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This database is a collection of historical parish registers from the county of Selkirk in the country of Scotland. The records in this collection can range in date from the early 1500s to the mid- to late-1800s. The records include baptisms/christenings, burials, marriages, tombstone inscriptions, obituaries, tax lists, wills, and other miscellaneous types of records. Also included are some records from non-conformist churches.  You will find interesting phonetic spelling. Some of the records may be in Latin or even a Welsh or Scottish dialect. Due to the nature of the records and because the records were originally compiled by a third party, it is difficult to absolutely verify the completeness and validity of the data.  
  
Here is a list of the historic parishes for the county of Selkirk.&nbsp; Click on the parish name to see information about records.<br>  
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Here is a list of the historic parishes for the county of Selkirk.&nbsp; Click on the parish name to see information about records. Click this link for an [http://www.scotlandsfamily.com/parish-map-borders.htm '''outline map of the parishes of Selkirkshire.''']
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| [[Ettrick, Selkirkshire, Scotland|Ettrick]]  
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| [[Ettrick, Selkirkshire, Scotland Genealogy|Ettrick]]  
| [[Ettrick, Selkirkshire, Scotland|774]]
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| [[Ettrick, Selkirkshire, Scotland Genealogy|774]]
 
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| [[Galashiels, Selkirkshire, Scotland|Galashiels]]  
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| [[Galashiels, Selkirkshire, Scotland Genealogy|Galashiels]]  
| [[Galashiels, Selkirkshire, Scotland|775]]
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| [[Galashiels, Selkirkshire, Scotland Genealogy|775]]
 
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| [[Kirkhope, Selkirkshire, Scotland|Kirkhope]]  
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| [[Kirkhope, Selkirkshire, Scotland Genealogy|Kirkhope]]  
| [[Kirkhope, Selkirkshire, Scotland|776]]
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| [[Kirkhope, Selkirkshire, Scotland Genealogy|776]]
 
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| [[Roberton, Selkirkshire, Scotland|Roberton]]  
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| [[Roberton, Selkirkshire, Scotland Genealogy|Roberton]]  
| [[Roberton, Selkirkshire, Scotland|777]]
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| [[Roberton, Selkirkshire, Scotland Genealogy|777]]
 
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| [[Selkirk, Selkirkshire, Scotland|Selkirk]]  
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| [[Selkirk, Selkirkshire, Scotland Genealogy|Selkirk]]  
| [[Selkirk, Selkirkshire, Scotland|778]]
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| [[Selkirk, Selkirkshire, Scotland Genealogy|778]]
 
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| [[Yarrow, Selkirkshire, Scotland|Yarrow]]  
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| [[Yarrow, Selkirkshire, Scotland Genealogy|Yarrow]]  
| [[Yarrow, Selkirkshire, Scotland|779]]
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| [[Yarrow, Selkirkshire, Scotland Genealogy|779]]
 
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== Census Records  ==
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== Court Records  ==
==Census==
 
*[http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/ ScotlandsPeople], index, images, free index, pay per view ($)
 
*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2016000?collectionNameFilter=false Scotland Census, 1841], no images. Also at [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10322/1841-scotland-census-extract?s=218489221 MyHeritage], index, ($). Also at [http://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-world-Records/1841-england-wales-and-scotland-census FindMyPast], index, ($). Also at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1004 Ancestry.com], index, ($).
 
*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2028673?collectionNameFilter=true Scotland Census, 1851], no images. Also at [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10323/1851-scotland-census-extract?s=218489221 MyHeritage], index, ($). Also at [http://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-world-Records/1851-england-wales-and-scotland-census FindMyPast], index, ($). Also at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1076 Ancestry.com], index, ($).
 
*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2028677?collectionNameFilter=false Scotland Census, 1861], no images. Also at [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10324/1861-scotland-census-extract?s=218489221], index, ($). Also at [http://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-world-Records/1861-england-wales-and-scotland-census FindMyPast], index, ($).  Also at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1080 Ancestry.com], index, ($).
 
*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2028678?collectionNameFilter=false Scotland Census, 1871], no images. Also at [http://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-world-Records/1871-england-wales-and-scotland-census FindMyPast], index, ($). Also at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1104 Ancestry.com], index, ($).
 
*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2046756?collectionNameFilter=false Scotland Census, 1881], no images. Also at [http://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-world-Records/1881-england-wales-and-scotland-census FindMyPast], index, ($). Also at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1119 Ancestry.com], index, ($).
 
*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2046943?collectionNameFilter=false Scotland Census, 1891], no images. Also at [http://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-world-Records/1891-england-wales-and-scotland-census FindMyPast], index, ($). Also at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1108 Ancestry.com], index, ($).
 
*[http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/ Scotland Census, 1901], index and images, ($). Also at [http://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-world-Records/1901-england-wales-and-scotland-census FindMyPast], index, ($). Also at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1101 Ancestry.com], index, ($).
 
*[http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/ Scotland Census, 1911], index and images, ($).
 
  
The library also has a collection of census surname indexes for different places within Selkirk-shire. Click [[Selkirk Census Surname Index|here]] to see a table listing these other census surname indexes that are available at the library.<br>  
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The county of&nbsp;Selkirk is in the Sheriff's court of&nbsp;Selkirk (SC63). The Registers of Deeds for Sheriffs' courts contain much valuable information for family history research such as marriage contracts and deeds of 'disposal and settlement' (or assignment) of property, which both give names and relationships. The records are deposited at the [http://www.nas.gov.uk/onlineCatalogue/ National Archives of Scotland] in Edinburgh and are not indexed. <br>  
Most available census records have been indexed by surname. Indexes are online at these Web sites:
 
  
*[http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk] (includes images; accessed&nbsp;for a nominal&nbsp;fee)
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== Probate Records  ==
*[http://www.freecen.org.uk http://www.freecen.org.uk] (very incomplete, but growing; free)
 
  
== Civil Registration Records ==
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Probate records are those which deal with the settlement of the estate of a deceased person. In Scotland, until 1868, a person could only pass movable property such as household furniture, farm equipment, livestock, money and clothes through a document known as a 'testament.' Immovable property such as land was passed to the eldest son or heir through a document known as a 'Service of Heir,' which is not a record of probate. Read more about [[Scotland Probate Records|Scotland Probate Records]].
  
Government or civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths (also called statutory records) began on January 1, 1855 in Scotland. Annual indexes are available for the whole country. See the article on [[Scotland Civil Registration- Vital Records|Scotland Civil Registration]] for more information and to access the records. <br>
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Until 1823, the parishes of Selkirkshire were under the probate jurisdiction of the Commissariot Court of Peebles (CC18). Since 1823, the county has been under the jurisdiction of the Sheriff's Court of&nbsp;Selkirk (SC63).  
  
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Probate records for 1513-1901 (including inventories of goods) are indexed online at [http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk]. You must register on the website but use of the index to probate records, called 'Wills &amp; Testaments,' is free. You may then purchase a copy of the document or, if the document is before 1823, it will be on microfilm at the Family History Library. To find the microfilm numbers, search in the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog library catalog] for the 'Place' of&nbsp;Selkirk (then select the county) and the subject of 'Probate records.' Then click on the link to the 'Testaments registers.'
  
== Court Records  ==
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==Maps==
  
The county of&nbsp;Selkirk is in the Sheriff's court of&nbsp;Selkirk (SC63). The Registers of Deeds for Sheriffs' courts contain much valuable information for family history research such as marriage contracts and deeds of 'disposal and settlement' (or assignment) of property, which both give names and relationships. The records are deposited at the [http://www.nas.gov.uk/onlineCatalogue/ National Archives of Scotland] in Edinburgh and are not indexed. <br>
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*[http://maps.nls.uk/counties/ National Library of Scotland map collection]
  
 
== Poorhouse Records  ==
 
== Poorhouse Records  ==
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'''NOTE:''' Workhouses in Scotland were commonly known as ''poorhouses''. For more information on Scottish poorhouses, go to the [[Scotland_Poorhouses,_Poor_Law,_Etc#Poorhouses|Scotland Poorhouses, Poor Law, Etc]] page.
  
Galashiels Combination [http://www.workhouses.org.uk/ Galashiels/]
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There was one workhouse in this county:
 
 
== Probate Records  ==
 
  
Probate records are those which deal with the settlement of the estate of a deceased person. In Scotland, until 1868, a person could only pass movable property such as household furniture, farm equipment, livestock, money and clothes through a document known as a 'testament.' Immovable property such as land was passed to the eldest son or heir through a document known as a 'Service of Heir,' which is not a record of probate. Read more about [[Scotland Probate Records|Scotland Probate Records<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1226344103280_553" />]].
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*[http://www.workhouses.org.uk/Galashiels/ Galashiels Combination]  
  
Until 1823, the parishes of Selkirkshire were under the probate jurisdiction of the Commissariot Court of Peebles (CC18). Since 1823, the county has been under the jurisdiction of the Sheriff's Court of&nbsp;Selkirk (SC63).
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A description with drawings and photos of the workhouse today along with databases of those living there from the 1881 Census are provided on the link above located on the site entitled '''''[http://www.workhouses.org.uk/ The Workhouse: The story of an institution...]''''' which is owned and operated by Peter Higginbotham.
 
 
Probate records for 1513-1901 (including inventories of goods) are indexed online at [http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk]. You must register on the website but use of the index to probate records, called 'Wills &amp; Testaments,' is free. You may then purchase a copy of the document or, if the document is before 1823, it will be on microfilm at the Family History Library. To find the microfilm numbers, search in the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog library catalog] for the 'Place' of&nbsp;Selkirk (then select the county) and the subject of 'Probate records.' Then click on the link to the 'Testaments registers.'
 
  
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==Societies ==
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[http://www.bordersfhs.org.uk/ Borders Family History Society]<br>
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52 Overhaugh St<br> Galashiels<br> TD1 1DP<br> Scotland<br>
  
Click [http://www.scotlandsfamily.com/parish-map-borders.htm here] to see an outline map of the parishes of Selkirkshire.  
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[http://www.genuki.org.uk/Societies/ScotlandScottish Genealogy Society]<br>
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== Websites  ==
 
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*Selkirkshire Resources and help pages on [http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?board=112.0 RootsChat Selkirkshire Resources and help pages. (Free)].  
 
*Selkirkshire Resources and help pages on [http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?board=112.0 RootsChat Selkirkshire Resources and help pages. (Free)].  
  
[Return to [[Scotland Old Counties pre 1974 and New Counties post 1974|county list]].]
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== References ==
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[[Category:Selkirkshire, Scotland]] [[Category:Counties of Scotland]]
 
[[Category:Selkirkshire, Scotland]] [[Category:Counties of Scotland]]

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Selkirkshire is an inland county in the south of Scotland, bounded on the north by the counties of Peebles and Edinburgh, on the south by Dumfriesshire, on the east by Roxburghshire, and on the west by Peeblesshire. It is 27 miles in length from south-west to north-east and 16 miles in breadth comprising an area of 263 square miles or 168,320 acres.

This county, along with Roxburgh, anciently formed part of the forest of Ettrick, which was a favorite resort of the Scottish sovereigns for the purpose of hunting. About two-thirds of the county is now the property of the Duke of Buccleuch. The county includes nine parishes. Selkirk is the county town and a royal burgh. It also contains part of the market town of Galashiels and numerous small hamlets.

The population of the county in 1851 was 7990.[1][2]

ScotlandsPeople: An Important Online Source[edit | edit source]

ScotlandsPeople is one of the largest online sources of original genealogical information. If you are researching UK genealogy, your Scottish ancestry or building your Scottish family tree, they have more than 100 million records to look through.

The comprehensive choice of Scottish records includes:

  • Statutory Registers
  • Old Parish Registers
  • Catholic Parish Registers
  • CPR Others
  • Census
  • Valuation Rolls
  • Soldiers’ Wills
  • Wills & Testaments
  • Coats of Arms

For more detail on record availability, see Guides. For the content guide to what records are on the site, see Guides A-Z. More information on the site, its contents, and instructions for using it can be found in the ScotlandsPeople Wiki article. Indexes may be searched for free, and there is a pay per view fee to see the digitized record.

Census[edit | edit source]

Many census records have been indexed by surname. Some indexes cover one parish (and will be listed in the Wiki on the parish page) and some indexes are for the county as a whole. The Family History Library has county-wide census placename indexes for Selkirkshire for 1881.  Click here for other census indexes available at the library.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration or Statutory Registers[edit | edit source]

For details on information found in statutory registers and other methods of searching them, see Scotland Statutory Registers.

Refer to the ScotlandsPeople Wiki article.
Images and Indexes Available at ScotlandsPeople Website ($)
Images-Years
Indexes
Births 1855-1910 ◊ScotlandsPeople Website has indexes to 2012.
Marriages 1855-1935
Deaths 1855-1960

Parishes[edit | edit source]

Some of the Selkirkshire parish records are indexed in Selkirk, Scotland, Extracted Parish Records.
This database is a collection of historical parish registers from the county of Selkirk in the country of Scotland. The records in this collection can range in date from the early 1500s to the mid- to late-1800s. The records include baptisms/christenings, burials, marriages, tombstone inscriptions, obituaries, tax lists, wills, and other miscellaneous types of records. Also included are some records from non-conformist churches. You will find interesting phonetic spelling. Some of the records may be in Latin or even a Welsh or Scottish dialect. Due to the nature of the records and because the records were originally compiled by a third party, it is difficult to absolutely verify the completeness and validity of the data.

Here is a list of the historic parishes for the county of Selkirk.  Click on the parish name to see information about records. Click this link for an outline map of the parishes of Selkirkshire.

Parish No.
Ettrick 774
Galashiels 775
Kirkhope 776
Roberton 777
Selkirk 778
Yarrow 779

Court Records[edit | edit source]

The county of Selkirk is in the Sheriff's court of Selkirk (SC63). The Registers of Deeds for Sheriffs' courts contain much valuable information for family history research such as marriage contracts and deeds of 'disposal and settlement' (or assignment) of property, which both give names and relationships. The records are deposited at the National Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh and are not indexed.

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Probate records are those which deal with the settlement of the estate of a deceased person. In Scotland, until 1868, a person could only pass movable property such as household furniture, farm equipment, livestock, money and clothes through a document known as a 'testament.' Immovable property such as land was passed to the eldest son or heir through a document known as a 'Service of Heir,' which is not a record of probate. Read more about Scotland Probate Records.

Until 1823, the parishes of Selkirkshire were under the probate jurisdiction of the Commissariot Court of Peebles (CC18). Since 1823, the county has been under the jurisdiction of the Sheriff's Court of Selkirk (SC63).

Probate records for 1513-1901 (including inventories of goods) are indexed online at www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk. You must register on the website but use of the index to probate records, called 'Wills & Testaments,' is free. You may then purchase a copy of the document or, if the document is before 1823, it will be on microfilm at the Family History Library. To find the microfilm numbers, search in the library catalog for the 'Place' of Selkirk (then select the county) and the subject of 'Probate records.' Then click on the link to the 'Testaments registers.'

Maps[edit | edit source]

Poorhouse Records[edit | edit source]

NOTE: Workhouses in Scotland were commonly known as poorhouses. For more information on Scottish poorhouses, go to the Scotland Poorhouses, Poor Law, Etc page.

There was one workhouse in this county:

A description with drawings and photos of the workhouse today along with databases of those living there from the 1881 Census are provided on the link above located on the site entitled The Workhouse: The story of an institution... which is owned and operated by Peter Higginbotham.

Societies[edit | edit source]

Borders Family History Society
52 Overhaugh St
Galashiels
TD1 1DP
Scotland

Genealogy Society
15 Victoria Terrace
Edinburgh
EH1 2JL
Scotland
Phone-0131 220 3677
Email enquiries@scotsgenealogy.com

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Samuel Lewis. Topographical Dictionary of Scotland, (London, England: S. Lewis and Co., 1846), 3 v.: 651, [FHL book 941 E5]. Digitized by FamilySearch International, FamilySearch.org, https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/216925 (accessed June 20, 2016).
  2. Samuel Lewis. "Saddell - Selkirkshire," in A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland, (London, 1846), 445-461. British History Online, http://www.british-history.ac.uk/topographical-dict/scotland/pp445-461 (accessed June 7, 2020).