Poll tax records for Aberdeenshire, and death & burial records for Edinburgh and Lothian added to FindMyPast


04 May 2020
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Find out facts about your Scottish ancestors with new records added to the FindMyPast database.

Scotland, Edinburgh & Lothian Death and Burial Index

New to the FindMyPast genealogy website are 63,990 new burial transcripts from the parishes of Restalrig Churchyard and Edinburgh, St Cuthbert's (pictured).

Burial records provide details on where your relative was laid to rest along with other important information including:

  • Their name
  • Their birth, death and burial dates
  • Their age at death
  • Their occupation
  • Cause of death
  • Whether they were buried on private or common ground
  • Their religious denominations
  • Charges paid for the burial

Discovering whether your ancestor was buried in a private or common ground can give you an indication of the family's wealth.

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Aberdeenshire Poll Tax, 1696

These records can reveal how much your ancestors paid in tax. Transcripts with the most important family tree details, as well as digital copies of the original records could tell you:

  • Your ancestor's name
  • Their occupation and status
  • Where they lived
  • Their landlord's and/or tenant's names

Realising the importance of increasing the efficiency of their armed forces to combat foreign and internal enemies, the Scottish Parliament imposed this poll tax.

Merchant and philanthropist, Robert Gordon appears in the records. An only son, he never married or had children but made his fortunes trading in Europe. Gordon used his wealth for the greater good, offering low-interest loans to Aberdonians and starting the development of a children's hospital.

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Trace your Scottish ancestors: Your Get Started Guide

Explore your Scottish roots with this digital guide to finding out who your ancestors were and where they came from, with expert advice on using Scottish family history records. Download here.