Kelso Dispensary Patient Registers - Help Page

Why can’t I find my ancestor?/Help with searching

What years have been indexed?

What’s in the index?

Can I find out more about the case?

How can I see the original record?

Who holds the original records?

Can you give me more help?

Why can’t I find my ancestor?/Help with searching

A possible reason is that they are not in the index. It could be that we have not yet indexed the relevant year. Click here to see the current coverage of our online indexes. These records are being indexed under the ‘Sponsor an Index’ initiative. I if you would like to get involved see our ‘Sponsor an Index’ page.

It might be, however, that we do have what you are looking for. We have given a number of search boxes but you don’t have to fill them all in. Less is more. If there are no results try reducing the amount of information you give. You could try solely the surname or even just the first name.

Use wildcards: The wildcard * can represent any series of characters, and the wildcard ? can represent any single character.

Both can be used in any field. Let’s say your ancestor’s surname was Blyth. In Victorian records spellings were very inconsistent, and the surname may have appeared with our without a final ‘e’. To get around this, try a search of Blyth* and this will bring up all Blyths, with or without the final ‘e’.

Perhaps a first name is causing some difficulty, for the same reason. Helen, for example might be ‘Hellen’, ‘Helen’, ‘Ellen’, ‘Elen’, ‘Elinor’ or ‘Eleanor’. Searching for *el*n* will bring almost all variations of the name up.

It is noted that females are often recorded using their maiden name only in the patient registers, and shortened forms of names are extremely common. Thos. for Thomas, Nany for Agnes, Jo. for John, Js. for James and Betty or Eliz. for Elizabeth are commonly seen, among others.

What years have been indexed?

Click here to see the current coverage of our online indexes. Email us if you would like to volunteer to help index these records more quickly.

What’s in the index?

We have decided to transcribe the full entry for the early period of the Kelso dispensary records that are online at the moment. The register gives: Name, Parish of Residence, Recommender, Yearly Running Number, Recommender, Date of Event, Age, Disease and Outcome of Case.

Can I find out more about the case?

For the early years of the Kelso Dispensary it is not usually possible to find out more. There are minute books and sometimes these mention patients by name but it is rare. Feel free to contact us about a specific case, however, and we will see what we can do.

How can I see the original record?

Please coontact us if you would like to see a copy of the original register page.

Who holds the original records?

The National Records of Scotland in Edinburgh.

Can you give me more help?

If you have an obstacle in your family tree and you need some help, contact us directly, explain your problem and we will try to assist. Often with our experience and the resources we have to hand, it is possible to solve your problem in an hour or two. We will look at your problem for about half an hour with no obligation. We will then then tell you if we can solve the problem and how much it will cost you, and it will be up to you to decide if you would like to proceed.

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