Online certificate and record searches.
In the very earliest baptism records all that may be recorded on Old Parochial Records is the name of the father, and the sex of the child. Later you will find the name of the child, the mother's name (including her maiden surname), along with the occupation of the father, place of residence, and names of witnesses, and the date of birth. Early marriage records are sometimes just a statement that the proclamation fee was paid. In later records you will find the residence of the parties, the date of the marriage, and occasionally, the names of the bride's father, and cautioners.
Note: Only the Church of Scotland records for baptisms and marriages are indexed and online at www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk. Those that survive for the other churches in Scotland are held in the National Archives of Scotland and are not indexed. A small selection of the other church records are included in the second edition of the British Isles Vital Records Index.
You can also check for churches at Statistical Accounts for Scotland where the churches in the town in 1834-45 are listed. The Church of Scotland Old Parish Register scans are available at www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk.
The links below cover birth, death and marriage certificates and records as well as census records:
Ancestry.co.uk - the largest family history site online with over 500 million UK and Ireland genealogy records. Searches can be done without surnames, and will accept forname, residence, occupation or birthplace. The site not only stores records, but also offers an online family tree section. You can either store your information online, or share your family tree data with others. The ancestry.co.uk version of the 1841 census is only a transcription. There are no digitised images available.
ScotlandsPeople - The official government source of genealogical data for Scotland. A partnership between General Register Office for Scotland, the National Archives of Scotland and the Court of the Lord Lyon enabled by Scotland Online. A pay-per-view database that includes Statutory Registers, Old Parish Registers, Census Records, Wills & Testaments. You must have a surname with optional search fields for forename, sex and age range. Searches can be restricted to a specific county, city or shipping or up to five enumeration districts.
Genes Reunited - the UK`s no.1 family tree and genealogy site with over 4 million members. Enables you to search for other people searching the same names.
www.familysearch.org - The family tree site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons). The site receives up to 8 million hits a day and contains over 640 million names. The site also provides an international searchable database known as Pedigree Resource File (PRF). PRF is growing at the rate of 1.1 million names a month as users submit personal family records to the FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service. There is a searchable master index for all Pedigree Resource File submissions. Family History Centres are small genealogical units attached to some, but not all, Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints'(LDS) churches. They are usually staffed by LDS members. They have a wide range of filmed genealogical records that can be ordered in return for small fees and later rearched. You do not have to be a member of the LDS to use their facilities.
GeneaNet - offers an exclusive search engine for accessing all available genealogical resources.
Scotland BDM Exchange - free access to thousands of shared birth, death and marriage records alphabetically arranged. A free resource for Scottish genealogy and Scottish family history. For anyone researching their family history in Scotland, the aim of the Exchange is to provide a free resource for sharing information about ancestors found in Scotland.
www.findmypast.com - formerly www.1837online.com. Although specialising in English and Welsh BMD certificates, you can do Births - British overseas 1761-1994, Births at sea 1854-1887, Marriages - British overseas 1761-1994, Marriages at sea 1854-1883, Divorces and matrimonial causes 1858-1903, Deaths - British overseas 1761-1994, Deaths at sea 1854-1890, Index to death duty registers 1796-1903, Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-18 and Army Roll of Honour 1939-45.
Scotland Census records - a very large list of Scottish census links.
UK parish and non-conformist registers - lets you search free of charge in baptism, marriage and burial records that have been transcrived from UK parish and nonconformist registers. At time of writing only five Scottish counties were covered - Angus, Banffshire, Caithnessshire, East Lothian and Orkney Isles.
World Vital Records - an American-based subscription site which currently allows free searches. Scottish deaths 1747-1868 from some parishes in Midlothian, East Lothian, Lanarkshire and Fife are currently available.
Freecen.org.uk - a free website currently loading U.K. Census data on one database, from 1841 to 1891. This project aims to provide a "free-to-view" online searchable database of the 19th century UK census returns.
Scottish Deaths 1747-1868 - subscription required.
www.the genealogist.co.uk - a significant collection of online records for the UK, claiming to have the largest collection of UK census transcripts. This is a pay-to-view site.
CENSUS NOTES - In theory, every person should have been enumerated where they actually were on the night of the census was taken, but where people were 'on the move' or visiting someone, they were often completely missed by the enumerators or in a few cases, they were enumerated twice.
Scottish Census dates were:
1911 2nd April
1901 31st March
1891 8th April
1881 4th April
1871 3rd April
1861 7th April
1851 31st March
1841 7th June