Coverage - Scottish Paternity Index

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This record set contains paternity cases (known as "actions of affiliation and aliment") heard before the Sheriff Courts amd also selected Kirk Sessions of the Church of Scotland and other Presbyterian churches. We have also included a few other sheriff court cases of genealogical interest, such as aliment cases where no children were involved (for example when a wife was deserted by her husband), and also 'breach of promise to marry' cases. The main bulk of the data has been indexed from the 'Registers of Extracted Decrees', which for most Sheriff Courts are complete from about the 1830s-1840s onwards. Not all cases resulted in an extracted decree, so we are also gradually indexing cases found in the processes, or original case papers, for many Sheriff Courts. For privacy reasons, our index does not go beyond the year 1920. Entries for the years that follow will be added on an annual basis. The database currently contains 40,108 entries.

Sheriff Court Registers of Extract Decrees

Completely indexed registers:

Aberdeen 1834-1837, 1875 (2 cases only), 1903-1920
Arbroath 1887-1920
Airdrie 1846-1920
Alloa 1830-1920
Ayr 1837-1920
Banff 1895-1920
Campbeltown 1830-1920
Cromarty 1833-1920
Dingwall 1830-1920
Dornoch 1855-1869
Dumfries 1793-1801, 1830-1920
Dumbarton 1883-1920
Dunoon 1895-1920
Duns 1830-1920
Elgin 1837-1886, 1892-1920
Falkirk 1841-1920
Fort William (Argyll) 1841-1861
Fort William (Inverness-shire) 1836-1920
Greenock 1874-1877, 1881-1920
Haddington 1829-1920
Hamilton 1845-1920
Hawick 1894-1920
Inveraray 1839-1903
Inverness 1799-1806, 1825-1920
Jedburgh 1748-1753, 1831-1892
Kirkcaldy 1881-1920
Kirkcudbright 1748-1765, 1830-1920
Lanark 1842-1920
Leith 1831-1850, 1887-1920
Linlithgow 1860-1920
Lochmaddy 1890-1920
Nairn 1831-1853, 1874-1884, 1888-1892, 1896-1920
Oban 1881-1920
Paisley 1830-1920
Peebles 1837-1920
Peterhead 1904-1920
Portree 1887-1920
Rothesay 1830-1920
Selkirk 1751-1757, 1782-1793 and 1830-1920
Stirling 1835-1920
Stonehaven 1832-1869
Stornoway 1829-1834, 1849-1920
Stranraer 1887-1920
Tain 1830-1920
Tobermory 1821-1824, 1830-1832, 1836-1880
Wick 1830-1920
Wigtown 1830-1920

Indexing in progress (showing years indexed so far):

Edinburgh 1830-1901
Inveraray 1839-1881
Kilmarnock 1850-1889

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Sheriff Court Processes

Completely indexed series:

Arbroath 1887-1920
Dunoon 1895-1920
Falkirk 1850-1920
Kirkcaldy 1882-1920
Lochmaddy 1895-1920
Oban 1886-1920
Stranraer 1849-1920

Indexing in progress (showing approximate years covered so far):

Aberdeen 1752, 1761-1762, 1802, 1811, 1817, 1820-1822, 1830, 1836-1837, 1856-1859, 1900-1920
Airdrie 1848-1864, 1870, 1882-1883, 1889-1890, 1913-1920
Alloa 1861-1920
Ayr 1816, 1861-1865, 1880-1881, 1912-1920
Banff 1859-1920
Campbeltown 1830-1920
Cromarty 1906-1920
Dingwall 1912-1920
Dornoch 1915-1920
Dumbarton 1870-1920
Dumfries 1796-1815, 1834-1835, 1844-1848, 1850-1855, 1857, 1859-1860, 1911-1920
Duns 1798-1800, 1849-1850, 1858-1859, 1914-1920
Edinburgh 1788, 1808-1809, 1819, 1829-1860
Greenock 1912-1920
Haddington 1825-1920
Hamilton 1857, 1912-1920
Inverness 1799-1806, 1825-1859, 1914-1920
Jedburgh 1822-1920
Kirkcudbright 1817-1830, 1835-1836, 1844-1860, 1915-1920
Lanark 1847-1849, 1915-1920
Leith 1916-1920
Linlithgow 1860-1920
Nairn 1853-1860, 1909-1920
Paisley 1843-1847, 1850-1852, 1854-1855, 1858-1859, 1914-1920
Peebles 1915-1920
Peterhead 1859-1920
Rothesay 1860-1920
Selkirk 1844, 1860-1920
Stirling 1901-1920
Stonehaven 1860-1920
Stornoway 1860-1920
Tain 1844-1846
Tobermory 1860-1886
Wick 1860-1920
Wigtown 1825-1830, 1837-1847, 1853-1855, 1915-1920

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Kirk Session Minutes

Indexed so far:

Canonbie, Dumfriesshire 1709-1855

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