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Thousands of Scottish records added to the FindMyPast database

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Records relating to the Jacobite Risings of 1715 and 1745, and 283,000 death and burial records for Glasgow, are among the new resources added to the FindMyPast genealogy website this month.

Jacobite collection

Findmypast has digitised an expansive collection of records from The National Archives in London which includes lists of prisoners and those banished or pardoned, along with correspondence, commission records, and briefs evidence.

Each results will include both a transcript and scanned colour image of the original document. The collection comprises of 193 pieces from nine National Archives series so the amount of information listed varies depending on the type and nature of the documents. Predominately covering the years 1701-1719 and 1740-1767, there are almost 76,000 in this collection of records

Glasgow smallpox vaccination registers, 1801-54

Do you have ancestors from Glasgow? Explore these smallpox vaccination registers to find out when the person in question received their inoculation to help fight the smallpox disease. Smallpox was caused by the variola virus and there are two types of the virus. The more deadly form of the disease is the variola major which killed about 30% of people who were infected. The smallpox vaccine, introduced by Edward Jenner in 1796, was the first successful vaccine to be developed.

The collection consists of ten volumes of registers recording the inoculation program that was carried out in Glasgow between 1801 and 1854. Each result will include a transcript of the original register entry that lists the name of the individual being inoculated, the date of their inoculation, their birth year, address, the name of their parent or guardian, the name of the inoculator and the results of the inoculation.

Scotland, Glasgow & Lanarkshire death & burial index, 1642-1855

Over 283,000 additional records spanning the years 1636 to 2001 have been added to the Scotland, Glasgow & Lanarkshire Death & Burial Index 1642-1855. This index of deaths and burials consists of transcripts of original documents covering the years of 1642 to 1855. From the index, you may learn your ancestors' birth year, death and burial dates, age at death, burial place, and mortcloth price.

These new additions have been provided by the Glasgow and West of Scotland Family History Society.

Roman Catholic parish registers

Over 223,000 new baptisms, marriages and burials have been added to FindMyPast's collections of Scotland Roman Catholic Parish Registers. The new additions cover 471 parishes across the country and span the years 1800 to 1966. Each result includes both a transcript and image of the original register entry.

This collection of Scotland Roman Catholic Sacramental registers covers all eight Scottish dioceses: Aberdeen, Argyll & The Isles, Dunkeld, Galloway, Glasgow, Motherwell, St Andrews & Edinburgh, and Paisley, and date back to the early 17th century. The records form part of the wider Catholic Heritage Archive, that aims to digitise the historic records of the Catholic Church in Britain, Ireland and North America, and additional new records will be added to these collections later in the year.

Roman Catholic Congregational records

Over 55,000 new records have been added to the collection. Congregational records can help you get a better understanding of your ancestors' relationship with the church and include registers of confirmations and communion recipients, as well as parish lists, seat rentals, lists of people who converted to Catholicism and more.

Congregational registers incorporate sacramental records other than those pertaining to baptisms, marriages, and burials, such as communicants (those who received Holy Communion), confirmations (those who received Holy Confirmation), sick calls (those who received the Anointing of the Sick), and first confessions (those who received Holy Reconciliation). You will also find records of people who converted to Catholicism. In many parishes, you could rent seats in the chapel for your family.

The seat rental records will list the individual names, the cost of the rental, and the location of the seat. Another register type you will discover is status animarum, Latin for 'status of the souls'. These records noted the names of all the Catholics in the area. Many include the names of head of households and the individual's residence.

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