Wednesday, 28 September 2016




ScotlandsPeople - the website which helps people search for their Scottish ancestors online - has been revamped and relaunched with a new look and a number of new features.

National Records of Scotland (NRS) operates ScotlandsPeople, which has on average 3.4m site views a year and around 1 million unique users since its launch in 2002.

As part of the most extensive upgrade to the service since 2010, users will be able to search statutory record indexes including birth, death and marriage certificates for free for the first time. Users will now only be charged if they wish to view or download a record image.

The new site also features an improved web design which allows customers to access ScotlandsPeople across digital devices, and an enhanced search function which allows them to locate and view records with greater ease.

Chief Executive of NRS, Tim Ellis said:

"ScotlandsPeople is internationally recognised as the place to start any personal journey into Scottish ancestry. At National Records of Scotland, we're excited about the new site and look forward to helping both budding and expert genealogists to find out even more about their heritage."

"In addition, we're keen to develop ScotlandsPeople further and will continue to engage with users and listen to their feedback over the coming weeks and months."

The launch also marks the start of a new chapter for ScotlandsPeople in another important way; all customer relations will be undertaken in-house by NRS for the first time. Technical support for ScotlandsPeople is to be provided by international technology company CACI Limited. The previous site was built by FindMyPast Limited who ran ScotlandsPeople for 14 years.

Greg Bradford, Chief Executive of CACI Limited said:

"CACI is honoured that National Records of Scotland chose us to help them build their new integrated, secure website. 

"By putting the user at the centre of the design, NRS and CACI have been able to create an easy-to-use site that delivers fast and accurate search results. We hope the users agree that the new site delivers a richer and more seamless customer experience."

Jay Verkler, CEO of Findmypast Limited said:

"Since the launch of Scotlandspeople back in 2002, Findmypast and NRS have helped millions of people learn more about their Scottish heritage and the service has garnered acclaim from genealogists from all around the world.

"We wish NRS every success in the future and will continue to maintain the strong relationship that has led to the development of this fantastic service."

Notes for Editors:

The new website is separate from the records system used in the ScotlandsPeoples centre in Edinburgh and in the local history centres across Scotland

Customers will not be charged as they formerly were - to search an index relating to the Birth, Death and Marriage Register, Old Parish Register or Open Census records. Customers will not be asked to pay a fee until they wish to view an image.

The cost has increased from £7 for 30 credits to £7.50 for 30 credits. Thirty credits will enable customers to purchase 5 images at cost of £1.50 per image of a document.

The new charging structure allows free access to the record indexes for everyone.

ScotlandsPeople compares favourably to similar services provided by agencies in other parts of the United Kingdom; while births, marriage and death indexes are free to search in England and Wales, images are not available to view and customers have to purchase certificates at £9.25 per certificate.

National Records of Scotland (NRS) is a non-ministerial department of the Scottish Government. Our purpose is to collect, preserve and produce information about Scotland's people and history and make it available to inform current and future generations. Our work underpins the fabric of Scottish society: telling the story of our nation

 Thanks to Chris Paton for alerting me to the Press Release..  For all up to date news re Scotland in particular, go to

Friday, 16 September 2016


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Service announcement for the ScotlandsPeople website
ScotlandsPeople will be offline from 23.59 (BST) on Wednesday 21 September until Monday 26 September. This downtime is essential as we work towards the launch of our new ScotlandsPeople website.
Customers visiting the ScotlandsPeople Centre in Edinburgh or using one of the local family history centres will be able to access records as usual on Thursday 22, Friday 23 and Monday 26 September 2016.
You will be pleased to note that once the new site is launched, all of your credits and saved images from our existing site will be available.
We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause you and thank you for your patience.
Thank you.
The team at ScotlandsPeople.
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Tuesday, 13 September 2016



Maybe this will explain it...

with thanks to Steven Smyrl


New Records Online for County Leitrim
We have added 7,288 new records to our online database at The new records are:
1821 Census Carrigallen Parish – 7,264 records

1821 Census Drumreilly Parish – 24 records.
The full list of available sources currently on our site for County Leitrim can be viewed here 
If you have any questions please check our Help section and if this does not provide an answer, please contact us or one of the county genealogy centres.

Yours Sincerely
Brought to you by the Irish Family History Foundation

Monday, 12 September 2016



" some of you are coming to my William Orpen talk/AV in Collins Barracks on Sat and I look forward to meeting you.
There is pay parking in Collins Barracks or the LUAS stops at the door – Museum station.

It's a lovely theatre and the museum is worth a visit. Includes the restored Asgard Yacht used in the Howth gun-running which was witnessed by William Orpen who rented a summer house there – The Cliffs. "

Saturday, 3 September 2016


Canada's Anglo-Celtic Connections: Rockstar Genealogist(s) 2016 voting now open

Choose your favourites from a galaxy of stars from the English-speaking genealogy world. Let them know you appreciate their contributions....

To quote from John D. Reid..

(Borrowed from John D. Reid)

"Choose your favourites from a galaxy of stars from the English-speaking genealogy world. Let them know you appreciate their contributions.
If you've voted previously you'll see a change this year. To increase fairness voting will require access through your Google account. It will mean you can change your vote by signing in again with your account. If you don't already have an account, most of us do to take advantage of the many Google apps, sign up for one for free here.
By voting you help folks organizing a speaker program to know who is popular internationally and in different regions.
Tell your friends. Ask them to vote, suggest who to vote for and multiply the power of your vote.

What surprises will there be in this the fifth year of the survey?"

I was honoured to be nominated over last years and to be included in such great company. I was absolutely delighted and surprised to be awarded Silver last year... thank you to all who made that possible.

To quote John again...

"Rockstar genealogists are those who give "must attend" presentations at family history conferences or as webinars, who when you see a new family history article or publication by that person, makes it a must buy. If you hang on their every word on a blog, podcast or newsgroup, or follow avidly on Facebook or Twitter they are likely Rockstar candidates."

That covers a wide field.. please do take a few moments to vote.  Thank you.

Thursday, 1 September 2016


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