If you have Scottish heritage, Findmypast is a site that you need to be using, as they already have millions of records coviering Scotland: census, BDMs, military, directories, work, wills and more!!! You can find the full list of Scottish records on Findmypast here.
Now they’ve boosted their collection with over “1 million Scottish epitaphs, monuments and memorial inscriptions ” which are now fully searchable and online at Findmypast.
These records span over 1000 years of Scottish history, and covers over 800 burial grounds across Scotland and includes monuments that have long been lost to time. This revolutionary new resource is the result of a collaborative grassroots project between Findmypast and 10 Scottish local and national family history societies including:
- Aberdeen & North East Scotland FHS
- Caithness FHS
- Dumfries & Galloway FHS
- East Ayrshire FHS
- Highland FHS
- Lanarkshire FHS
- Moray Burial Ground Research Group
- Scottish Genealogy Society
- Tay Valley FHS
- Troon@Ayrshire FHS
The work of hundreds of passionate volunteers to transcribe memorials and gravestones from all over Scotland has now been made fully searchable online for the very first time, and exclusive to Findmypast.
Names, dates, locations and other biographical details such as additional family members, occupations, causes of death and more were transcribed and then digitally converted thanks to new, proprietary technology to create a national index that unlocks the long-forgotten secrets of Scotland’s dead.
Chronicling the lives and deaths of almost 1.1 million deceased, the collection has been created by merging almost 600,000 newly created records with existing documents already available on Findmypast, to create the largest single collection of its kind.
Please note, you can search the index for free, but to see anything more, you will need a subscription. You can find details of those here. If you’re not ready to take out a full subscription, just do a one-month one to try it out, or alternatively check to see if you local library offers Findmypast access, and if so, log-in through them if they do.