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'''Parish #33 '''(including Papa-Westray)<br>
This is a guide to the history and major genealogical records of Scotland as they pertain to the parish of Westray. To learn more about how to use these records to search for your ancestors, go to the [[Scotland:_Research_Strategies_for_Locating_BirthsResearch Strategies for Locating Births,_Marriages_and_DeathsMarriages and Deaths|Scotland: Research Strategies.]] 
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= History<br> =
Also The New Statistical Account of Scotland (pub. 1834-45) offers uniquely rich and detailed parish reports for the whole of Scotland, covering a vast range of topics including history, agriculture, education, trades, religion and social customs. The reports, written by the parish ministers, are available online at http://edina.ac.uk/stat-acc-scot/. Browse the Click on ‘Browse scanned pages under ‘For non-subscribers,’ pages’ then search the parish reports for the your parish reportof interest. Also available at the[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlehitlist&columns=*%2C0%2C0&title=new+statistical+account+of+scotland&pretitle=new+statistical+account+of+scotland Family History Library.] = Census Records<br> =
A census is a count and description of the population, taken by the government, arranged by locality and by household. Read more about [[Scotland_CensusScotland Census|census records.]]
Here is a list of the Family History Library microfilm numbers for the census records of [Parish] Westray, as well as the library numbers for any surname indexes available:
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| <u>Year</u><br>| FHL Film Number <u></u>
| <u>Surname Indexes</u><br>
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| 1841<br>| 1042621 <br>
| none<br>
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| 1851<br>| 1041493 <br>
| none<br>
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| 1861<br>| 0103889 <br>
| none<br>
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| 1871<br>| 0104069 <br>
| none<br>
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| 1881<br>| 0203399 <br>
| 6086634 (2 fiche)<br>
|-
| 1891<br>| 0208614 <br>
| none<br>
|}
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The 1901 census of Scotland is indexed on [http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/ www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk.] To use it, you must register and pay a small access fee. All available censuses, 1841-1901, are indexed on this website. It may be easier for you to pay to use the website rather than access the separate indexes through the library.
= Church Records<br> The Established Church of Scotland was Presbyterian. Read more about [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Scotland_Church_Records church records. ]<br> Here are the pre-1855 records that exist for this parish.
The Established Church of Scotland was Presbyterian. Read more about [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Scotland_Church_Records church records. ]<br> Here are the pre-1855 records that exist for this parish.
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== Established Church—Old Parochial Registers ==
== Established Church—Kirk Session Records ==
The Kirk session was the court of the parish. The session was made up of the minister and the land owners and business men of the parish, chosen to serve on the session. The Kirk session dealt with moral issues, minor criminal cases, matters of the poor and education, matters of discipline, and the general concerns of the parish. Kirk session records may also mention births, marriages, and deaths.
'''Here is a list of the surviving Kirk session records for this parish: '''<br>
Minutes 1835–1912<br>'''Note:''' Available on Film at the National Archives of Scotland, Edinburgh, record CH2/1107.
== Nonconformist Church Records ==
A nonconformist church is any church that is not the Established church. Read more about nonconformity in Scotland in the article on the [[Scotland_Church_Records_Union_ListsScotland Church Records Union Lists|Scotland Church Records Union List.<br>]]
=== Westray Secession Church ===
'''Records—'''<br>The extent of records is unknown. For more information write to: <br>The Baptist Union of Scotland<br>Baptist Church House<br>14 Aytoun Road<br>Glasgow, G41 5RT<br>Scotland
= Civil Registration Records<br> =
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_RegistrationScotland Civil Registration-_Vital_RecordsVital Records|Scotland Civil Registration for]]for more information and to access the records.
= Probate Records<br> =
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