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Scottish parish records

Explore four centuries of Scottish baptisms, marriages and burials in Findmypast's collection, the most comprehensive of its kind. This amazing resource is published in partnership with hundreds of family history societies, archives and volunteers across Scotland. Spanning 450 years of Scottish history and covering every parish in the country, the records reveal essential information for growing your family tree.

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Scottish Catholic records

Our ground-breaking Catholic Heritage Archive brings you unique parish registers covering all of Scotland. Only available at Findmypast, digitised copies of the original documents can help you understand how your Catholic ancestors have shaped your family story.

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Scottish newspaper archives

Browse history's headlines in the largest online collection of old Scottish newspapers. Old news is good news when it comes to exploring your fascinating past. Local newspaper archives feature everything from birth, marriage and death announcements to court reports, community events and national stories through a local lens. Our collection covers every corner of Scotland and dates as far back as the 1700s.

Must-know tips for tracing Scottish ancestry

From the quirks to look out for to common pitfalls to avoid, genealogy guru Myko Clelland answers the Findmypast Community's Scottish family research questions in this helpful video.

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