Government or civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths (also called statutory records) began on January 1, 1855 in Scotland. Each parish has a registrar's office and large cities have several. The records are created by the registrars and copies are sent to the General Register Office in Edinburgh. Annual indexes are then created for the records for the whole country. <br>See the article on [[Scotland_Civil_Registration-_Vital_Records|Scotland Civil Registration ]]for more information and to access the records.
= Probate Records<br> =
Westray was under the probate jurisdiction of the Commissary Court of Orkney & Shetland until 1823, and since then has been under the Sheriff's Court of Kirkwall. Probate records for 1513- 1901 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 & 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[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitysearch&columns=*,0,0 catalog]for the 'Place' of Orkney and the subject of 'Probate records.' Then click on the link to the records of the Commissariat of Orkney & Shetland.<br> <br> The library also has some post-1823 probate records for Orkney. Look in the library[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitysearch&columns=*,0,0 catalog ]for the 'Place' of Orkney and the subjects of 'Probate Records' and 'Probate Records - Indexes.' <br> <br> Read more about[[
Scotland_Probate_Records|Scotland Probate Records.]]
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