Scottish Quaker Records - Help Page

Why can’t I find my ancestor?/Help with searching

What Meeting House records and years have been indexed?

What’s in the index?

What information is in the original record?

How can I see the original record?

Are there any other Quaker Records?

Who holds the original records?

Can you give me more help?

Why can’t I find my ancestor?/Help with searching

A possible reason is that they are not in the index because they did not attend a Meeting House of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). It has also been noted that some entries are missing from the digest but may appear in separate registers. We have also discovered some separate minute books. If you believe your ancestors did attend a Quaker meeting house in Scotland but they do not appear in our index please get in touch and one of our Scottish genealogists can advise you.

It might be, however, that we do have what you are looking for. We have given a number of search boxes but you don’t have to fill them all in. Less is more. If there are no results try reducing the amount of information you give. You could try solely the surname or even just the first name.

Use wildcards: The wildcard * can represent any series of characters, and the wildcard ? can represent any single character.

Both can be used in any field. Let’s say your ancestor’s surname was Blyth. In Victorian records, though, spellings were very inconsistent, and the surname may have appeared with our without a final ‘e’. To get around this, try a search of Blyth* and this will bring up all Blyths, with or without a final ‘e’.

Perhaps is a first name is causing some difficulty, for the same reason. Helen, for example might be ‘Hellen’, ‘Helen’, ‘Ellen’, ‘Elen’, ‘Elinor’ or ‘Eleanor’. Searching for *el*n* will bring almost all variations of the name up.

What Meeting House records and years have been indexed?

We have indexed the Digest of Births, Marriages and Deaths, covering the whole of Scotland. This one large volume includes birth, marriage and death records from meeting houses throughout Scotland. The Digest includes entries from the earliest surviving Scottish Quaker records in 1647 through to the mid-1870s. To help us get more useful Scottish genealogy records online please see our sponsorship page.

What’s in the index?

Births: Name of child; Year of birth; County of birth; Monthly or other meeting record.
Marriages: Names of the bride and groom; Year of marriage; County of marriage; Monthly or other meeting record.
Deaths: Name of person; Year of death; County of death; Monthly or other meeting record.

What information is in the original record?

Births: Book, Page, Name [of child], Date and Place of Birth, Parents’ Names, Residence and Description, Monthly or other Meeting Record.
Marriages: Book, Page, Names of Parties, When and where Married, Residence and Description, Parents’ Names, Residence and Description, Monthly or other Meeting Record.
Deaths: Book, Page, Name, Date of Death, Age, Residence and Description, Date of Burial, Place of Burial, Whether a Member, Monthly or other Meeting Record.

How can I see the original record?

When you find the entry you need in our index click ‘Full Record’, you will be taken to our search results page where you can add the entry to your shopping cart. Simply use the PayPal shopping cart to place your order. Once we receive your order we will make a transcription and email the transcription along with the image of the original record to you.

If you live in Scotland or are visiting you can view the entry for free in the National Records of Scotland (NRS). Simply take a note of the NRS Reference on the results page and ask to see the original record when you are in the NRS.

Are there any other Quaker Records?

Yes, there are many unindexed Quaker records held by the National Records of Scotland. These include, amongst other things, monthly meeting minutes, doorkeepers' books and letter books. We can search these for you, just get in touch for more information.

Who holds the original records?

The National Records of Scotland in Edinburgh.

Can you give me more help?

If you have an obstacle in your family tree and you need some help, contact us directly, explain your problem and we will try to assist. Often with our experience and the resources we have to hand, it is possible to solve your problem in an hour or two. We will look at your problem for about half an hour with no obligation. We will then then tell you if we can solve the problem and how much it will cost you, and it will be up to you to decide if you would like to proceed.

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