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Each church had a different structure of parishes and congregations, so it is not possible to search across all three churches for one parish.
When you select a church, the drop-down list of counties and parishes/congregations will load on the search page and if you choose another church, it will take a second or two for the list of parishes/congregations for that church to load on the search page.
In addition, rapid urbanisation during the 19th century contributed to the diminishing influence of the Church and a decrease in registration in these areas.
It was estimated at the time that as few as 30% of events actually occurring were being recorded for some urban parishes. However in a small number of districts the local registrar was not in place at the very beginning and therefore there are a small number of events that are recorded in Old Parish Registers but are not featured in our statutory records.
Churches have kept registers of baptisms (or births), marriages, burials (or deaths) and other events (such as people moving from one parish to another) for centuries.
The oldest register dates from 1553 (baptisms and banns from Errol, Perthshire), but although there was a requirement from 1552 that parishes record baptisms and marriages, many did not commence until much later, and some more remote areas only have registers from the early 19th century.Often the only record that a death has taken place will be implied in the payment of a fee to the parish for the hire of the mortcloth or pall which was draped over the coffin or the body itself for the funeral.Church registers of baptisms may record the date of birth or the date of baptism or both.Background to church registers How to search church registers Understanding the contents of church registers Church register images Which parishes and congregations have registers in the index Most churches keep registers of baptisms, marriages and burials and some keep registers of other events relating to people.On the Scotlandspeople site you can search the registers of the Church of Scotland, the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland and some other Presbyterian churches.
Record format and content varied over time, with the responsibility for the information gathered being placed with the parish priest - since there was no standard format prescribed, record keeping varied enormously from parish to parish and also from year to year.