Each record includes a transcript of the original birth and baptism record. The information contained varies however you may be able to find out a combination of the following:
Father’s first name(s)
Father’s last name
Mother’s first name(s)
Mother’s last name
The collection of parish birth and baptism records for Dundee and Forfarshire (Angus) are from the Established Church (Church of Scotland) before the introduction of civil registration in 1855.
Each individual parish kept their own records of births and baptisms, banns and marriages and deaths and burials. Responsibility for maintaining the registers was usually assumed by the parish minister or the session clerk.
Record keeping varied from parish to parish and also from year to year, without standardisation in the recording of events this meant that the information recorded may be sparse or unreliable.
Registration in the Church of Scotland registers incurred a fee, this was costly and provided to be unpopular with many people not registering events at all. Members of other religious denominations chose to have events registered in their own churches. In addition, rapid urbanisation during the 19th century contributed to the diminishing influence of the Church and a decrease in registration in these areas.
Begin your search broadly with just a first and last name.
You can narrow your results if needed by adding a year, place, or parent’s name.