We've added more records to the Catholic Heritage Archive. Find out about the latest additions to this monumental record collection
Over 1.2 million Scottish sacramental registers and congregational records have been added to our exclusive Catholic Heritage Archive. This latest release is the first of many updates to the ground-breaking initiative that aims to digitise the historic records of the Catholic Church in the United States, Britain and Ireland for the very first time. It includes baptism, marriage, burial and congregational records from all eight of Scotland's Roman Catholic Dioceses; St Andrews & Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Argyll & the Isles, Dunkeld, Galloway, Glasgow, Motherwell and Paisley.
The records date back to 1730, span 300 years of Scottish history and cover over 115 parishes across the country.
The Catholic Church holds some of the oldest and best preserved genealogical records in existence. However, as many of these documents memorialise important religious sacraments, their privacy has long been protected and access to original copies has, until now, been hard to come by. In collaboration with various Archdioceses, we're helping to digitise these records and make them widely accessible for the first time in one unified online collection.
Images of original documents will be free to view in many cases. Fully searchable transcripts will also be included, providing family historians from the around the world with easy access to these once closely guarded records. This latest addition marks the first phase of our Scottish Catholic collection. Further Scottish records and additional updates from a variety of British, Irish, US and Canadian Dioceses will be added to the Roman Catholic Heritage Archive throughout 2017.
"These records offer a wonderful insight into the Catholic communities all over Scotland," says Licensing Manager, Brian Donovan (who played an instrumental role in this historic agreement). "They also offer vital insight into the large migration of Irish Catholics in the nineteenth century." So, whether you're looking for ancestors in Scotland, or those who moved from Scotland, this set could prove extremely useful, shedding light on an area never before made available to genealogists.