This database is a collection of historical parish registers from the county of Midlothian (Edinburgh) in the country of Scotland. The 549,800 records in this collection can range in date from the early 1500s to the mid- to late-1800s. Some non-parish records may be included from as early as the twelfth century. Parish records--primarily baptisms, marriages, and burials--provide the best source of vital record information in the centuries before civil registration. The records include baptisms/christenings, burials, marriages, tombstone inscriptions, obituaries, tax lists, wills, and other miscellaneous types of records. Also included are some records from non-conformist churches. All of the data was converted as it was originally presented in various published registers and books. For this reason, you will find interesting phonetic spellings and large descriptive tables of contents.
What should I know about this collection to access the data?
Some of the records may be in Latin or even a Welsh or Scottish dialect depending on location. The spelling is archaic, and is transcribed as it was written. There are many spelling inconsistencies and non-standard grammar. Phonetic spelling is often used. Try using variant spellings if a search yields no results.
The individual files in this database may not include all dates and records for each parish/church. Use caution in assuming that any database is a complete set of records--even for the parishes and time period listed. Due to the legibility of the original sources, there may be gaps in the records, including partial sentences, cut-off words, and other omissions.
Due to the nature of the records and because the records were originally compiled by a third party, it is difficult to absolutely verify the completeness and validity of the data. The information in this collection is as correct as it was when Ancestry.com received it, and has merely been reproduced in an electronic format.
What historical background should I know to use this data?
A large number of parish records date from the sixteenth century, when a series of mandates required clergy to compile records of baptisms, marriages, and burials within the parish. Many records were destroyed, lost, or simply not kept during the Civil War (1642-1660). Of the surviving records, many have since been transcribed and collected by genealogical societies. The records are a valuable resource for finding vital information of people of the time.
Civil registration of births, deaths, and marriage, often called General Registration, began 1855. It provides a national vital records index that simplifies searches and includes people who may not have been associated with a church. The civil records are more readily available than parish records (parish records after 1855 often aren't filmed) and are easier to use. But many births went unrecorded in the early years of civil registration, so parish records are still extremely valuable.
Midlothian: Edinburgh - Roll of Burgesses and Guild Brethren 1761-1841, (Abercrombie-Huie) Midlothian: Edinburgh - Roll of Burgesses and Guild Brethren 1761-1841, (Huison-Ziegler) Midlothian: Edinburgh - Register of Apprentices, 1583-1666 Midlothian: Edinburgh - Register of Marriages, 1701-1750 Midlothian: Edinburgh - Register of Marriages, 1751-1800 Midlothian: Edinburgh - Roll of Burgesses, 1406-1700 Midlothian: Edinburgh - Roll of Burgesses and Guild Brethren, 1701-1760 (Hepburn-Stevenson) Midlothian: Edinburgh - Register of Apprenticies, 1756-1800 Midlothian: South Leith - Calendar of Irregular Marriages, Kirk Sessions, 1697-1818 Midlothian: Edinburgh - Register of Apprentices, 1666-1700 Midlothian: - Protocol Book of James Young, 1485-1489 Midlothian: - Protocol Book of James Young, 1489-1492/3 Midlothian: - Protocol Book of James Young, 1493-1497 Midlothian: - Protocol Book of James Young, 1497-1501 Midlothian: - Protocol Book of James Young, 1501-1504 Midlothian: - Protocol Book of James Young, 1504-1507 Midlothian: Leith - Registers of Episcopal Congregation, 1733-1775 Midlothian: Edinburgh - Poll Tax Returns, 1694 Midlothian: Edinburgh (Canongate) - Register of Burgesses, 1622-1733 Midlothan: Edinburgh - Register of Marriages, 1595-1700 Midlothan: Restalrig - Index to Burials, 1728-1854 Midlothan: Edinburgh - Parish of Holyroodhouse or Canongate. Register of Marriages, 1564-1800 Midlothan: Edinburgh - Monumental Inscriptions in St. Cuthbert's Churchyard, 1916 Midlothan: Edinburgh - Register of Apprentices, 1701-1755 Midlothan: - Protocol Book of James Young, 1507-1514/15 Midlothan: Edinburgh - Roll of Edinburgh Burgesses and Guild Brethren 1701-1760, (Abercromby-Hepburn) and (Stevenson-Yuill) Midlothian: Edinburgh - Register of Burials, Chapel Royal or Abbey of Holyroodhouse, 1706-1900 Midlothian: Edinburgh - Register of Interments, Greyfriars, 1658-1700