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We hope you have been enjoying the Scottish Indexes website and you have found lots of amazing ancestors! Please join our Facebook group and tell us what you have discovered.

You may be surprised to learn that thousands of the entries on our website have been indexed by volunteers. The Sheriff Court paternity records and the Mental Health records have been largely indexed by dedicated family historians who want to give something back to the genealogy community. We would love to hear from you if you have some time to spare.

Other records, such as the sasines and deeds, have been sponsored or crowdfunded. Individuals like yourself pay a small amount which pays for a genealogist to index these historical records.

Crowdfund Scottish Genealogy

Crowdfunding works by a large number of people giving just a small amount each. If we all work together we can index more Scottish genealogy records and you will be able to find even more ancestors.

Crowdfunding the Register of Deeds

Right now we want to focus our crowdfunding on the Register of Deeds (or Books of Council and Session), held at the National Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh. Deeds were created by our ancestors for a variety of reasons, it could be a form of will, a marriage contract or some other bond or agreement. You can find out more about deeds here in our Learning Zone.

A lot of work was done many years ago to index these historical records, but the period from 1585-1660 and almost all of the period from 1705 to 1769 remains unindexed.

Our experienced genealogist, Graham Maxwell, has started indexing in 1769 and is working backwards. Once a section is indexed we make the index available for free online to everyone.

Can you donate £20 to this project? If so please click ‘Add to Cart’ and Graham will spend an hour indexing these records.

Other Records

As well as the Register of Deeds we have other records ready to index. Perhaps you have a particular brick wall and one of these record sets could help. If you spot something that could help with your research contact us and we can let you know more about crowdfunding or let you know how much we would charge for research.

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Records Ready to Index

Scotland-wide

Argyllshire

Banffshire

Berwickshire

Dumfriesshire

East Lothian

Kirkcudbrightshire

Lanarkshire

Midlothian

Peeblesshire

Perthshire

Renfrewshire

Roxburghshire

Selkirkshire

Stirlingshire

Wigtownshire

Scotland-wide

Mental Health Records: General Register of Lunatics in Asylums 1858-1918
NRS References: MC7/1-15
The register begins by listing all those individuals already in Scottish asylums on 1 January 1858 and then continues from that date to list every person admited to an asylum in Scotland. Between 1858 and 1918 123,922 individuals are recorded. We have already indexed several decades of this period but there is still much to do.

Mental Health Records: Notices of Admissions by the Superintendent of the Mental Institutions 1858-1862
NRS References: MC2/1-52,56
These detailed records document the admission and transfer of mental health patients in asylums in Scotland. They also name the patient's next of kin and give a detailed doctor's account of the patient's illness.

Register of Deeds: Brown's Office 1652-1653
NRS References: RD1/576,578
Deeds are legal documents that were used for various purposes. Deeds can include for example bonds, contracts of sale, contracts of partnership and marriage contracts. These can be very useful documents but without an index impractical and very time-consuming to search.

Register of Deeds: Minute Books 1542-1660; 1702-1770
NRS References: RD6/1-28; RD7/1/4-10; RD7/2/3-10; RD7/4/4-12
Deeds are legal documents that were used for various purposes. Deeds can include for example bonds, contracts of sale, contracts of partnership and marriage contracts. These can be very useful documents but without an index impractical and very time-consuming to search.

General Register of Sasines: Minute Books 1734-1782
NRS References: RS62/13-20
Sasines are legal documents that record the transfer of ownership of heritable property (e.g. land or buildings). They are useful because they can not only tell you more about the property owned by your ancestors but also give family relationships and other genealogical gems that can be very helpful when tracing your Scottish family tree. These minute books contain a brief summary of the sasine and an entry in the minute book acts as a finding aid to the full sasine, which is in an unindexed register.

Argyllshire

Prison Registers: Tobermory Prison (Civil Prisoners) 1872-1882
NRS Reference: HH21/45/1
A register of civil prisoners sent to Tobermory Prison. These were persons in debt and the the register tells us the amount of debt each prisoner was owing.

Banffshire

Criminal Records: Banff Jury Trials 1855
NRS Reference: SC2/47/4
A detailed record of criminal cases heard at Banff Sheriff Court.

Berwickshire

Lauder Commissary Court: Inventory of Records of the Court 1650-1822
NRS Reference: CC15/15/1
Detailed inventory listing deeds, and other court documents. This may include 'wills' that are not on Scotland's People. It also includes deeds such as marriage contracts and tacks (tenancy agreements).

Gordon Kirk Session: Lists of Tenants and Poor 1692
NRS Reference: CH2/457/1
Details vary, often brief but this early population list is still of great interest.

Greenlaw United Associate Church: Baptisms 1836-1845
NRS Reference: CH3/503/2
These baptisms are not part of the Old Parish Registers (OPRs).

East United Presbyterian Church, Earlston: Baptisms 1854-1915; Marriages and Deaths 1751-1754
NRS References: CH3/828/1,4
These baptisms, marriages and deaths are not part of the OPR series available on Scotland's People.

Langton Free Church: Baptisms 1849-1915
NRS Reference: CH3/1521/10
These baptisms are not part of the Old Parish Registers (OPRs).

Dumfriesshire

Lochmaben Burgh Records: Register of Sasines 1763-1843
NRS References: B49/1/2-4; B49/2/1-3
Sasines are legal documents that record the transfer of ownership of heritable property (e.g. land or buildings). They are useful because they can not only tell you more about the property owned by your ancestors but also give family relationships and other genealogical gems that can be very helpful when tracing your Scottish family tree. These minute books contain a brief summary of the sasine and an entry in the minute book acts as a finding aid to the full sasine.

Dumfries Commissary Court: Minute Books of Deeds and Protests 1654-1810
NRS References: CC5/16/1-4
Deeds are legal documents that were used for various purposes. Deeds can include for example bonds, contracts of sale, contracts of partnership and marriage contracts. These can be very useful documents but without an index impractical and very time-consuming to search. Warrants are the original folded documents, usually signed by the parties themselves.

Dumfries Commissary Court: Inventory of Records c1650-1810
NRS References: CC5/20/1
Detailed inventory itemising many of the surviving documents generated by this court, including many personal names. This inventory includes a substantial number of 'wills' that are not on Scotland's People. It also includes deeds which can include marriage contracts and other deeds os special genealogical value.

Dunscore Relief Church (later Renwick United Presbyterian Church): Kirk Session Minutes 1817-1868
NRS Reference: CH3/422/1
These records are useful as they often name the fathers of illegitimate children as well as details of other discipline cases within the congregation.

Dunscore Free Church: Baptisms 1843-1915
NRS References: CH3/423/1,4
These baptisms are not part of the Old Parish Registers (OPRs).

Dumfries Commissary Court: Register of Probative Writs 1699-1809
NRS References: CC5/19/1-3
Register containing a variety of writs or deeds including extracts from marriage contracts.

Penpont Kirk Session: Marriages 1832-1845
NRS Reference: CH2/140/3
These baptisms are not part of the Old Parish Registers (OPRs).

Closeburn Kirk Session: Minutes 1780-1805; 1815; 1830-1915
NRS References: CH2/1233/1,13
These records are useful as they often name the fathers of illegitimate children as well as details of other discipline cases within the congregation.

Wamphray Kirk Session: Young Communicants Lists 1825-1853
NRS References: CH2/1530/4
A useful list of personal names with residences.

Canonbie Kirk Session: Minutes 1694-1716; 1734-1760; 1785-1915
NRS References: CH2/1582/1/1-6
These records are useful as they often name the fathers of illegitimate children as well as details of other discipline cases within the congregation.

Canonbie Kirk Session: Accounts 1695-1721; 1768-1826
NRS References: CH2/1582/3/1-3
Amongst other things these records record payment to individual poor persons in the parish.

Loreburn Street Associate Church, Dumfries: Baptisms 1765-1808
NRS Reference: CH3/641/3
These baptisms are not part of the Old Parish Registers (OPRs).

Wamphray Free Church: Baptisms 1844-1855
NRS Reference: CH3/804/2
These baptisms are not part of the Old Parish Registers (OPRs).

Prison Registers: Dumfries Prison 1853-1915
NRS References: HH21/49/1-14; HH21/56/3
A detailed register of criminals sent to Dumfries Prison, including a physical description of the person.

Prison Registers: Dumfries Prison (Civil Prisoners) 1841-1881
NRS Reference: HH21/50/1
A register of civil prisoners sent to Dumfries prison. These were persons in debt and the the register tells us the amount of debt each prisoner was owing. It also contains people sent to prison for not paying aliment to family members who depended on them for support, such as illegitimate children.

Valuation Rolls: County of Dumfries 1897
NRS Reference: VR97/24
Valuation Rolls (by this date) record the owner, proprietor and occupier of properties of each property as well as its yearly rental value.

East Lothian

Tranent Heritors' Records: Burials 1863-1876
NRS Reference: HR74/15/2
A burial register giving ages, residences and some relationships.

Tranent Heritors' Records: Poor Roll 1827-1845
NRS Reference: HR74/15/3
A record of those receiving poor relief, with ages and reasons for their claim.

Kirkcudbrightshire

Kirkcudbright Burgh Records: Protocol Boook of Robert Glendonwyn 1625-1635
NRS Reference: B42/1/1
Protocol Books were kept by notaries and used to register legal documents such as sasines (recording the transfer of ownership of heritable property) and other deeds.

Kirkcudbright Burgh Records: Index to Burgh Register of Sasines
NRS Reference: B42/5/1
Sasines are legal documents that record the transfer of ownership of heritable property (e.g. land or buildings). They are useful because they can not only tell you more about the property owned by your ancestors but also give family relationships and other genealogical gems that can be very helpful when tracing your Scottish family tree. These minute books contain a brief summary of the sasine and an entry in the minute book acts as a finding aid to the full sasine.

Kirkcudbright Commissary Court: Processes 1665-1782
NRS Reference: CC13/2/1-28
These are the original folded papers of cases heard by the court.

Kirkcudbright Commissary Court: Register of Deeds 1585-1588
NRS References: CC13/7/1 (16th century original volume), RH2/1/75 (early 20th century typed transcript)
Deeds are legal documents that were used for various purposes. Deeds can include for example bonds, contracts of sale, contracts of partnership and marriage contracts. These can be very useful documents but without an index impractical and very time-consuming to search.

Kirkcudbright Commissary Court: Inventories of Records of the Court 1663-1810
NRS References: CC13/8/1-3
Detailed inventories listing deeds, and other court documents. This includes deeds such as marriage contracts and tacks (tenancy agreements).

Balmaghie Kirk Session: Baptisms and Marriages 1701-1723
NRS Reference: CH2/27/11
These baptisms are not part of the Old Parish Registers (OPRs).

Auchencairn Free Church: Baptisms, 1843-1855; Marriages 1844-1858
NRS Reference: CH3/119/4
These baptisms and marriages are not part of the OPR series available on Scotland's People.

Tongland and Twynholm Free Church: Baptisms, 1843-1855
NRS Reference: CH3/1199/4
These baptisms are not part of the Old Parish Registers (OPRs).

Kirkcudbright Kirk Session: Baptisms 1706-1708
NRS Reference: CH2/520/1
These baptisms are not part of the Old Parish Registers (OPRs).

Prison Registers: Kirkcudbright Prison 1841-1883
NRS References: HH21/53/1-4
A detailed register of criminals sent to Kirkcudbright Prison, including a physical description of the person.

Prison Registers: Kirkcudbright Prison (Civil Prisoners) 1841-1882
NRS Reference: HH21/50/1
A register of civil prisoners sent to Dumfries prison. These were persons in debt and the the register tells us the amount of debt each prisoner was owing.

Prison Registers: Maxwelltown Prison 1840-1874
NRS References: HH21/56/1,2
A detailed register of criminals sent to Maxwelltown Prison, including a physical description of the person.

Lanarkshire

Prison Registers: Lanark Prison 1848-1881
NRS Reference: HH21/37/1
A detailed register of criminals sent to Lanark Prison, including a physical description of the person.

Midlothian

Dalkeith Relief Church (later West United Presbyterian Church): Baptisms 1839-1847; 1850-1856
NRS References: CH3/380/1,2
These baptisms are not part of the Old Parish Registers (OPRs).

Chalmers' Free Church, Dean, Edinburgh: Baptisms 1846-1900
NRS Reference: CH3/511/7
These baptisms are not part of the Old Parish Registers (OPRs).

Roslin Free Church: Baptisms 1843-1855; 1869-1871
NRS Reference: CH3/511/7
These baptisms are not part of the Old Parish Registers (OPRs).

Howgate Associate Church: Baptisms 1750-1758, 1763-1792, 1798-1826
NRS References: CH3/1363/11,12
These baptisms are not part of the Old Parish Registers (OPRs).

Peeblesshire

Peebles Commissary Court: Register of Decrees, 1733-1738; Register of Deeds, 1734-1752; Commissions 1742-1749
NRS Reference: CC18/2/1
The register of decrees records the decisions of the court, mentioning many local people. Deeds are legal documents that were used for various purposes. Deeds can include for example bonds, contracts of sale, contracts of partnership and marriage contracts. These can be very useful documents but without an index impractical and very time-consuming to search.

Particular Register of Sasines - Roxburgh, Selkirk & Peebles: Minute Books 1624-1633; 1666-1715; 1735-1790
NRS References: RS82/1-9
Sasines are legal documents that record the transfer of ownership of heritable property (e.g. land or buildings). They are useful because they can not only tell you more about the property owned by your ancestors but also give family relationships and other genealogical gems that can be very helpful when tracing your Scottish family tree. These minute books contain a brief summary of the sasine and an entry in the minute book acts as a finding aid to the full sasine, which is in an unindexed register.

Perthshire

Meigle Kirk Session: Communicants List 1834
NRS Reference: CH2/1241/4
A useful list of congregation members.

Renfrewshire

Prison Registers: Greenock Prison 1848-1864
NRS Reference: HH21/33/4
A detailed register of criminals sent to Greenock Prison, including a physical description of the person.

Roxburghshire

Kelso Procurator Fiscal: Criminal Precognitions 1779-1846
NRS References: AD30/1-75
A precognition is a factual statement taken from a witness before a trial is in progress. These documents can add to information you already have about a crime as well as name people and describe their relationships. These are therefore historically important, genealogically useful and interesting if they are regarding one of your ancestors.

Peebles Commissary Court: Register of Deeds (Jedburgh) 1755-1762
NRS Reference: CC18/5/1
Deeds are legal documents that were used for various purposes. Deeds can include for example bonds, contracts of sale, contracts of partnership and marriage contracts. These can be very useful documents but without an index impractical and very time-consuming to search. This volume also contains wills which are not on Scotland's People.

Wilton Kirk Session: Communicants Lists 1729, 1747-1750
NRS References: CH2/375/9,10
A comprehensive list of names with residences, some appear to be in family groups.

Jedburgh Associate Church (later United Presbyterian Church: Baptisms 1750-1800; 1810-1856
NRS References: CH3/350/3,4
These baptisms are not part of the Old Parish Registers (OPRs).

Gateshaw Associate Church, Morebattle (later United Presbyterian Church): Baptisms 1775-1866, 1900-1907 and Marriages 1775-1826
NRS References: CH3/350/3,4
These baptisms and marriages are not part of the OPR series available on Scotland's People.

Gateshaw Associate Church, Morebattle (later United Presbyterian Church): Kirk Session Minutes 1775-1808; 1811-1857
NRS References: CH3/350/3,4
These records are useful as they often name the fathers of illegitimate children as well as details of other discipline cases within the congregation.

Yetholm Associate Church (later United Presbyterian Church): Baptisms 1834-1856
NRS Reference: CH3/577/3
These baptisms are not part of the Old Parish Registers (OPRs).

Kelso First United Presbyterian Church: Baptisms 1843-1855
NRS References: CH3/606/5,16
These baptisms are not part of the Old Parish Registers (OPRs).

Kelso Reformed Presbyterian Church: Baptisms and Marriages 1824-1851
NRS Reference: CH3/667/1
These baptisms and marriages are not part of the OPR series available on Scotland's People.

Bowden Free Church: Baptisms 1843-1855
NRS Reference: CH3/834/3
These baptisms are not part of the Old Parish Registers (OPRs).

Hawick Free Church: Baptisms 1854-1882, Marriages 1843-1872
NRS Reference: CH3/1151/1
These baptisms and marriages are not part of the OPR series available on Scotland's People.

Kelso Dispensary Records: Patient Registers 1778-1788; 1791-1907
NRS References: HH71/7,8,43-47
Founded in 1777, this charitable institution saw patients from across the Scottish Borders. These records record the name, age, parish of residence, disease and the outcome of the case. In some cases a date of death is given.

Kelso Dispensary Records: Outdoor Register of Patients 1888-1915
NRS References: HH71/48-49
Amongst other details this register gives: name, name of parent or guardian, residence, occupation, age, name and address of relative or friend to whom communications are made, description of ailment, days in hospital.

Kelso Dispensary Records: Indoor Register of Patients 1888-1915
NRS References: HH71/50-54
Amongst other details this register gives: name, name of parent or guardian, residence, occupation, age and nature of case.

Kelso Dispensary Records: Nursing Register 1888-1908
NRS References: HH71/55-57
Amongst other details this register gives: name, name of parent or guardian, residence, occupation, age and description of ailment.

Kelso Dispensary Records: Surgeon's Visits 1829-1849
NRS References: HH71/58,59
Book in which visits to patients in the country were to be inserted by the surgeons. Founded in 1777 this charitable institution saw patients from accross the Scottish Borders. Amongst other details these records give the name, age, parish of and place residence and disease.

Kelso Dispensary Records: List of Recommendatory Letters 1829-1849
NRS References: HH71/60
This register records the date, name of recommender, name of patient and place of residence, name of surgeon and remarks.

Kelso Heritors' Records: Poor List 1821
NRS Reference: HR197/11/1
A printed record of those receiving poor relief, with ages.

Melrose Heritors' Records: Abbey Churchyard Burials 1844-1870
NRS Reference: HR233/17/7
A burial register giving ages, residences and some relationships.

Eckford Heritors' Records: Poor Rolls 1831-1845
NRS References: HR530/13,14
Records of those receiving poor relief, with ages and residences

Particular Register of Sasines: Minute Books 1624-1633; 1666-1715; 1735-1790
NRS References: RS82/1-9
Sasines are legal documents that record the transfer of ownership of heritable property (e.g. land or buildings). They are useful because they can not only tell you more about the property owned by your ancestors but also give family relationships and other genealogical gems that can be very helpful when tracing your Scottish family tree. These minute books contain a brief summary of the sasine and an entry in the minute book acts as a finding aid to the full sasine, which is in an unindexed register.

Selkirkshire

Yarrow Heritors' Records: Poor Records 1751-1819
NRS References: RS82/1-9
Lists of those receiving poor relief with minutes of decisions regarding relief.

Yarrow Free Church: Baptisms 1843-1854
NRS Reference: CH3/1573/1
These baptisms are not part of the Old Parish Registers (OPRs).

Particular Register of Sasines - Roxburgh, Selkirk & Peebles: Minute Books 1624-1633; 1666-1715; 1735-1790
NRS References: RS82/1-9
Sasines are legal documents that record the transfer of ownership of heritable property (e.g. land or buildings). They are useful because they can not only tell you more about the property owned by your ancestors but also give family relationships and other genealogical gems that can be very helpful when tracing your Scottish family tree. These minute books contain a brief summary of the sasine and an entry in the minute book acts as a finding aid to the full sasine, which is in an unindexed register.

Stirlingshire

Stirling Sheriff Court: Stirling Prison Register 1828-1840
NRS Reference: SC67/47/2
A register of criminals sent to Stirling Prison, including ages and details of crimes and trials.

Wigtownshire

Wigtown Commissary Court: Inventory of Records of the Court 1700-1823
NRS Reference: CC22/6/4
Detailed inventory listing deeds, and other court documents. This includes deeds such as marriage contracts and tacks (tenancy agreements).

Whithorn United Presbyterian Church: Baptisms 1852-1856
NRS Reference: CH3/308/5
These baptisms are not part of the Old Parish Registers (OPRs).

Wigtown United Presbyterian Church: Baptisms 1848-1856
NRS Reference: CH3/310/4
These baptisms are not part of the Old Parish Registers (OPRs).

Wigtown Free Church: Baptisms 1844-1856
NRS Reference: CH3/311/5
These baptisms are not part of the Old Parish Registers (OPRs).

Stranraer Associate Church (later United Presbyterian Church): Baptisms 1811-1881; Marriages 1812-1836, 1839-1842
NRS Reference: CH3/549/11
These baptisms and marriages are not part of the OPR series available on Scotland's People.

Inch Free Church: Baptisms 1845-1855; Marriages 1845-1858; Deaths 1845-1858
NRS Reference: CH3/549/11
These baptisms, marriages and deaths are not part of the OPR series available on Scotland's People.

Whithorn Free Church: Baptisms 1843-1860
NRS Reference: CH3/801/6
This volume records the name of the child, sex, names of parents (including maiden name of mother) employment or profession of the father, date and plae of birth, date of baptism and by whom dispensed.

Kirkcolm Parochial Board: Minutes 1845-1857
NRS Reference: CO4/33/1
The parochial board was responsible for providing poor relief. Many individual claimants are mentioned in the minutes.

Prison Registers: Wigtown Prison 1848-1875
NRS Reference: HH21/24/1
A register of criminals sent to Wigtown prison, including a physical description of the person.

Prison Registers: Stranraer Prison 1840-1883
NRS Reference: HH21/57/1,2
A detailed register of criminals sent to Stranraer prison, including a physical description of the person.

Prison Registers: Stranraer Prison (Civil Prisoners) 1842-1848
NRS Reference: HH21/58/1
A register of civil prisoners sent to Stranraer Prison. These were persons in debt and the the register tells us the amount of debt each prisoner was owing.

Prison Registers: Wigtown Prison 1840-1848
NRS References: HH21/61/1
A detailed register of criminals sent to Wigtown Prison, including a physical description of the person.

Particular Register of Sasines: Minute Books 1621-1788
NRS References: RS84/1-3
Sasines are legal documents that record the transfer of ownership of heritable property (e.g. land or buildings). They are useful because they can not only tell you more about the property owned by your ancestors but also give family relationships and other genealogical gems that can be very helpful when tracing your Scottish family tree. These minute books contain a brief summary of the sasine and an entry in the minute book acts as a finding aid to the full sasine, which is in an unindexed register.

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