Scottish Quaker Records - Help Page

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

What Meeting House records and years have been indexed?

What’s in the index?

What information is in the original record?

How can I see the original record?

Are there any other Quaker Records?

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 because they did not attend a Meeting House of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). 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, though, 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 a final ‘e’.

Perhaps is 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.

What Meeting House records and years have been indexed?

We have indexed the Digest of Births, Marriages and Deaths, covering the whole of Scotland. This one large volume includes birth, marriage and death records from meeting houses throughout Scotland. The Digest includes entries from the earliest surviving Scottish Quaker records in 1647 through to the mid 1870s. The death records will be added to to our index soon.

What’s in the index?

Births: Name of child; Year of birth; County of birth; Monthly or other meeting record.
Marriages: Names of the bride and groom; Year of marriage; County of marriage; Monthly or other meeting record.
Deaths (coming soon): Name of person; Year of death; County of death; Monthly or other meeting record.

What information is in the original record?

Births: Book, Page, Name [of child], Date and Place of Birth, Parents’ Names, Residence and Description, Monthly or other Meeting Record.
Marriages: Book, Page, Names of Parties, When and where Married, Residence and Description, Parents’ Names, Residence and Description, Monthly or other Meeting Record.
Deaths (coming soon): Book, Page, Name, Date of Death, Age, Residence and Description, Date of Burial, Place of Burial, Whether a Member, Monthly or other Meeting Record.

How can I see the original record?

You can order a full transcription from us or view the original in the National Records of Scotland.

Are there any other Quaker Records?

Yes, there are many unindexed Quaker records held by the National Records of Scotland. These include, amongst other things, monthly meeting minutes, doorkeepers' books and letter books.

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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