A census is a count and description of the population, taken by the government, arranged by locality and by household. Read more about [[Scotland Census|<u>census records.</u>]]
Click [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=649849&disp=Census+returns+for+Portpatrick+%28parish%20%20&columns=*,0,0 here] to go to the Family History Library Catalog entry for the census records of Portpatrick. The Family History Library also has a surname index for the [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=topicdetails&subject=1137128&subject_disp=Scotland%2C+Wigtown%2C+Portpatrick+%2D+Census+%2D+1841+%2D+Indexes&columns=*,0,0 1841] census of Portpatrick as well as a surname index for the [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=708169&disp=1881+census+of+Scotland+%5Btranscription%20%20&columns=*,0,0 1881] census of the whole of Wigtonshire.
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 indexes through the library.
| <u>Years Covered</u>
FHL Film Number</u>
| 1068040 items 1, 3-4
| 1068040 items 1, 3-4
| 1068040 41 items 1, 3-4
==== '''Condition of Original Records—''' ====
'''Index:''' For an index to these records, see the Scottish Church Records Index on computer at the Family History Library under and family history centers. Some records may be indexed in the [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/search/frameset_search.asp?PAGE=igi/search_IGI.asp&clear_form=true <u>International Genealogical Index</u>]. <br>'''Births:''' There are no entries November 1724–August 1727, April 1730–June 1733, and October 1735–June 1737, except one. There are no entries December 1752–April 1745, except one for 1753. The records are irregular and incomplete 1745–1782 inclusive. The pages of the record for 1790–1819 are subscribed by the minister.<br>'''Marriages:''' There are no entries February 1730–October 1733, 1736, 1739, 1742, and January 1753–November 1765, except a few, 1739. Entries are somewhat irregular as to dates about 1753–1766. Names of witnesses are often added to the entries after 1779 and the pages after 1773 are certified by the minister.<br>'''Deaths:''' There are no death or burial entries August 1785–August 1817, except one for 1813. The record ends August 1818, except for one for 1841.<br>'''Source:''' ''Key to the Parochial Registers of Scotland'', by V. Ben Bloxham, pub. 1970. British Book 941 K23b
== Established Church—Kirk Session Records ==
=== '''Portpatrick Free Church''' ===
'''History—'''<br>Andrew Urquhart, two elders, and most of the congregation came out in 1843. The handsome church they had newly erected was taken from them. They worshiped for a time on the green near the shore. The church was built, and opened in the winter of 1843. A manse was erected in 1846. After being thrice renovated the original church was replaced by a new building in 1887. A new manse was built in 1891. Portpatrick declined in population after the mail steamers for Ireland ceased to start from the port. After 1880, however, the place grew in popularity as a summer resort.<br>'''Membership:''' 1848, 220; 1900, 226. <br>'''Source: '''''Annals of the Free Church of Scotland,'' 1843–1900, ed. Rev. William Ewing, D.D., 2 vols. pub. 1914. Film #918572. More details may be given in the source.
'''Records—<br>'''The extent of records is unknown.
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.
See the article on [[Scotland Civil Registration- Vital Records|<u>Scotland Civil Registration</u>]] for more information and to access the records.
= Probate Records =
Read more about [[Scotland Probate Records|<u>Scotland Probate Records</u>.]]
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