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Record Finder Table for Scotland

The following Record Finder table assists researchers in determining record types that may list the information they are looking for.

Order of Records

The typically most reliable sources are listed at the top of the list. However, depending on the time period of the record and location, multiple records in the list may need to be searched to achieve the objective. Alternative records are listed as well in case traditional records do not provide the desired information.

List of Topics

This Record Finder table links to the Scotland topic Wiki pages, containing databases and other information about accessing the records.

Vital Events

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Birth date and place
Marriage place and date
Death date, place, and burial

Maiden Names and Family Members

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Maiden name
Parents, children, spouses, and other family members
Living relatives

Immigration and Country of Origin

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Immigration date
  • See the FamilySearch Wiki emigration and immigration article for the country to which the ancestor immigrated.
City or Country of foreign birth

Residences and Locations

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Residence

Personal Details and Affiliations

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Noble families
Occupation
Religion
Social activities
  • Social Customs and Activities
  • Obituaries
Physical description