Scotland Church Records and Kirk Session Records, 1658-1919: free new records on FamilySearch


23 July 2020
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FamilySearch has today (23 July) announced it has added 340 new records to its Church Records and Kirk Sessions Records collection.

These are records of Church of Scotland synods, presbyteries and kirk sessions containing registers of baptisms, marriages, and burials originally filmed at the National Archives of Scotland, CH2 series.

The FamilySearch Wiki records that 'This specific collection includes a compilation of records of Kirk Sessions (meetings of local church leaders), Presbyteries (church court for several parishes/areas), and Synods (church court for several Presbyteries), containing registers of births/baptisms, marriages, and burial records.

It cannot be over emphasized that many of the entries found in Kirk Session records of baptisms, marriages and burials pertain to those belonging to other seceder Presbyterian spin-off churches (Non-Church of Scotland) and/or Nonconformist religions.

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