Categories: Intermediate Scottish Records
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Course image Scottish: Beyond the OPRs
Intermediate Scottish Records
Course Summary:

This course explores the Church of Scotland records beyond the Old Parish Records or Old Parochial Records (OPRs). It covers the records of:

  • Kirk Sessions
  • Presbyteries
  • Synods
  • General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. 
It also examines the other Presbyterian churches in Scotland, as well as records of the Roman Catholic Church. Resources and guidance are provided on how to locate records from online sources.

Contact Hours: 15
Grading Scale: 70% Tests/30% Assignments
Last Updated: April 28, 2024
Course Length: 7 weeks
COURSE CONTENT
Course Notes

MODULE 1
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND AND REGISTER RECORD GUIDE
Organization of the Church of Scotland
Governing Structure of the Presbyterian Church
Historical Timeline
Background of Church Registers
Effects of the Registration Act of 1854
Roman Catholic Parish Registers
Other Church Registers
Key Factors in the Survival of Records
Imperfect Conditions of the Registers
Stamp Duties Act of 1783
Dissenters and Nonconformists
Illegibility
Mortcloths
Irregular Deaths
Understanding the Contents of Church Registers
Baptisms
Proclamation of Banns and Marriages
Burials and Deaths
Abbreviations and Unusual Words and Phrases
Recommended Reading and Resources
Module 1 Course Assignments

MODULE 2
KIRK SESSIONS, PRESBYTERIES, SYNODS, AND THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Church Court Records
Kirk Session Records
Presbyteries
Synod
General Assembly
Ecclesiastical Parishes
Contents of Kirk Session Records
Heritors’ Records
Illegitimate Births
Seat Rent Registers
Communion Rolls
Testificates
Public Punishments
Stool of Repentance
Poor Relief Accounts
Witchcraft in Kirk Session Records
Locating Kirk Session Records
What is Available Online?
Local Access
Recommended Reading and Resources
Module 2 Course Assignments

MODULE 3
NON-CONFORMISTS CHURCHES & OTHER RELIGIONS
History of Session Churches
Patronage
The First Session - The Secession Church
Other Presbyterian Dissenters
Burghers and Antiburghers
The Old and New Lights
Relief Church
United Associate Secession Church
Free Church
United Presbyterian Church & United Free Church
Final Unions
Other Religions
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Methodist Church
Episcopal Church
Secession Churches Record Keeping
What the Records Contain
National Records of Scotland
Parishes and Congregations - Registers in the Index
Recommended Reading and Resources
Module 3 Course Assignments

MODULE 4
ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
Introduction to Catholic Parish Registers
Mission Stations
Catholic Parish Records Contents
Births / Baptisms
Confessions
Confirmations
Communicant Lists
Conversion Lists
Deaths, Burials, and Funerals
Marriages
Sick Call Register
Status Animarum
Roman Catholic Bishopric of the Forces: British Armed Forces Worldwide
Latin in Church Catholic Records
Available Catholic Parish Records
Recommended Reading and Resources
Module 4 Course Assignments

MODULE 5
RESEARCHING ONLINE
Introduction
National Records of Scotland
Record Sets/Groups
NRS Online Catalogue
ScotlandsPeople
How to Search Church Registers
Kirk Session Records
Ancestry
Findmypast
Local Archive Access in Scotland
Record Agents for Remote Researchers
Remember…
Module 5 Course Assignments

APPENDIX
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Course image Scottish: Land and Property Records
Intermediate Scottish Records
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: Scottish: Land and Property Records

*Course material will only be sent to students who are registered in the course.

This course explores the many sources available for tracing land and property in Scotland. Students will become familiar with the laws concerning the inheritance and ownership of property and the different types of records available to trace both landowners and tenants. Practical guidance is given on locating records held in Scottish archives and in using the many sources now accessible online. 

Contact Hours: 18
Grading Scale: 70% Tests/30% Assignments
Course Length: 8 weeks
Course Content

MODULE 1
UNDERSTANDING WHERE YOUR ANCESTORS LIVED
Introduction
Administrative Divisions in Scotland
Scotland: A Brief History
Identifying Where Your Ancestors Lived
Learning More about Where Your Ancestors Lived

MODULE 2
SEARCHING FOR YOUR ANCESTORS BY PLACE
Introduction
Scottish Archives & Libraries: A Brief Introduction
Searching for Ancestors by Place
Street, Trade and Post Office Directories
Telephone Directories
Electoral Registers and Voters Rolls
Valuation Rolls & Community Charge (Poll Tax) Records (1855- present)
Return of Owners of Land
Inland Revenue Survey
Pre-1855 Valuation Rolls and Property Tax Records
Other Tax Records
Heritors Records
Teind Records
Commissioners of Supply
Insurance Records
Newspapers
Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland

MODULE 3
INHERITING LAND AND BUILDINGS
Introduction
Property and Inheritance in Scotland
Inheritance Records

MODULE 4
RECORDS OF PROPERTY OWNERSHIP
Introduction
Crown Grants of Land
Sasines: An Introduction
Sasine Registers from 1617
Structure of a Sasine
Using Sasines: Practical Tips

MODULE 5
RECORDS OF TENANTS
Introduction
Types of Tenants and Tenacies
Records of Tenants
Estate Records: An Introduction
Finding Estate Records

MODULE 6
CONCLUSION
Introduction
Additional Land and Property Sources
Property and Debt
Approaches to Land and Property Research
Practical Tips for Searching Scottish Land and Property Records
CASE STUDY
Course image Scottish: Special Aspects of Scottish Research
Intermediate Scottish Records
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: Scottish: Special Aspects of Scottish Research

*Course material will only be sent to students who are registered in the course.

This course introduces concepts and terms which a student of Scottish family history coming to the topic for the first time is unlikely to have encountered in research in other jurisdictions.

The topics in this course include: Scottish currency, weights, and measures; dates/calendars; languages; glossaries; handwriting; names and naming patterns; clans, septs, and tartans; clan and surname DNA projects; heraldry; and compiled genealogies. 

Contact Hours: 18
Grading Scale: 70% Tests/30% Assignments
Course Length: 8 weeks
Course Content

MODULE 1
CURRENCY, WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
Currency
Scots Coinage, to 1707
Sterling Currency, from 1707 to 1971
Converting From Scots Money to Sterling
Weights and Measures
Scottish Weights and Measures, to 1707
The Act of Union, 1707
Scottish Weights and Measures, from 1824 to 1969

MODULE 2
CALENDARS AND PALAEOGRAPHY
Calendars, Days and Dates
Scottish Calendar Changes & The Family Historian
Regnal Years & Scottish Family History Research
Palaeography
Scottish Handwriting: Printed Material

MODULE 3
LANGUAGES AND GLOSSARIES
Early Languages in Scotland
(Scottish) Gaelic: Language Tools and Resources
Scots: Language Tools and Resources
Latin: Language Tools and Resources
Glossaries: An Introduction
Online Glossaries for Local and Family Historians
Printed Glossaries for Local and Family Historians
National Archives of Scotland Glossaries
Legal Glossaries
Medical Glossaries
Online Lists of Occupations

MODULE 4
FORENAMES AND PLACE NAMES
(Scottish) Gaelic: Background
Scottish Forenames
Scottish Place Names

MODULE 5
CLANS, SEPTS AND SURNAMES
Surnames in Scotland
The Clans of Scotland
Septs of Scottish Clans
DNA Analysis and Scottish Family History Research
Clan and Surname DNA Projects
Genetic Roots of the People of the British Isles

MODULE 6
SPECIALISED TOPICS AND DIGITAL BOOKS
Compiled Genealogies
Scottish Biographical Dictionaries
Scots Peerage and Nobility
Scots Heraldry
Clans: Tartans, Badges and Mottoes etc.
Course image Scottish: The Poor and Poor Relief
Intermediate Scottish Records
Course Summary:

Scottish: The Poor and Poor Relief explores the background and history of poor relief in Scotland from the Middle Ages to mid-twentieth century. The course includes the system of poorhouses from the eighteenth century, inspectors of poor played a large role in the administration of relief. The Poor Law Amendment Act (Scotland) of 1845 is a crucial piece of legislation in the evolution of  poor relief. Its operation and effects on the public are important. The poor law system produced a great deal of documentation, which gives detailed insights into the lives of poor Scots and their families. The course covers in detail how they can be used to trace ancestors. Various strategies used to search these records and other sources available in archives and online are explained. General reference sources useful to clarify Scottish language, geography, and palaeography are also included.

Contact Hours: 20
Course Length: 6 weeks
Scottish: The Poor and Poor Relief explores the background and history of poor relief in Scotland from the Middle Ages to mid-twentieth century. The course includes the system of poorhouses from the eighteenth century onwards. The inspectors of poor played a large role in the administration of relief, and this is examined.

The Poor Law Amendment Act (Scotland) of 1845 is a crucial piece of legislation in the evolution of the relief of the poor. Its operation and effects on the public are important. The poor law system produced a great deal of documentation, which gives detailed insights into the lives of poor Scots and their families. The course covers these in detail and explains how they can be used to trace ancestors. Various strategies used to search these records and other sources available in archives and online are explained. General reference sources useful to clarify Scottish language, geography, and palaeography are also included.