(Scotland) Scotland's People Announced Due to Pandemic They are Unable to Process any Certificates #unitedkingdom

Jan Meisels Allen



Scotland’s People, the government organization that provides vital records for Scotland, has announced with advice from the United Kingdom and Scottish government to delay the spread of the Corona virus has closed their search rooms in Edinburgh and stop production of all types of certificates an official extracts until further notice.  The notice from the National Records of Scotland may be read at: https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/about-us/service-status


There is also information in that notice allowing for registrars to take “remote” registration for deaths by telephone or electronic means.  Registration of births has been temporarily suspended whilst registration offices are closed to the public.


Marriages and Civil Partnerships are not permitted during this time without a Schedule for which registrars have been instructed to stop during the pandemic.


While visiting the Soctlands’s People’s site you may find their records of interest:

civil registers, church registers, census returns, valuation rolls, legal records and poor relief and migration records. You can search them free of charge and pay for copies using credits or vouchers. The exceptions to this are the Highlands and Islands Emigration records (within the 'Poor relief and migration records' category) and the 1881 LDS transcribed census records (within the 'Census returns' category). These can be searched and viewed for free. To see what you can do for free go to: https://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/content/what-can-i-do-free


For information about fees for copies and certificates please see their charges page.



Thank you to Jeanette Rosenberg MBE, JGS Great Britain, for sharing the information on Scotland’s People.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



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