[Bartholemew's Gazetteer of the British Isles, 1887]
INFORMATION RELATED TO ALL OF DUNBARTONSHIRE
- "The statistical account of Scotland, 1791-1799. Vol 9: Dunbartonshire, Stirlingshire and Clackmannanshire", (ed.) Sir John Sinclair, published 1978, Wakefield (EP Publishing)
- "A short history of Dumbartonshire", Ian Murdoch MacPhail, published 1962 (Bennett & Thomson)
- "Place names of Dumbartonshire", John Irving, published 1928, Dumbarton (Bennett & Thomson)
See "Monumental inscriptions (pre-1855) in Dunbartonshire" by John Fowler Mitchell and Sheila Mitchell, published at Edinburgh in 1986 by the Scottish Genealogy Society.
There has been a census every 10 years since 1801 (excluding 1941) but only those pages after 1841 (with a few exceptions) carry details of named residents. Census pages for 1841-1911 can be consulted at the National Records of Scotland in Edinburgh and copies on microfilm may be consulted in LDS Family History Centres around the world. LDS centres also carry microfiche indexes to the 1881 census pages. The National Records of Scotland has a page giving information on the Family Records that they hold. Computerized indexes for 1881, 1891, 1901 and 1911 are available at the General Register Office in Edinburgh and the 1881, 1891, 1901 and 1911 indexes are also now searchable on-line, for a fee, at the ScotlandsPeople web site.
For information on records for a particular parish, please see that parish's page (where available).
Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths began in Scotland on 1st January 1855. For details of these and other records held at the National Records of Scotland in Edinburgh, see the GRO tutorial. The GRO has a page giving information on the Family Records that they hold.
Many of these records, as well as those in the Old Parish Registers, are now searchable on-line, for a fee, at the ScotlandsPeople web site. The database covers the years 1553-1900 (Births, Christenings and Marriages) and 1855-1925 (Deaths).
Records of testaments, inventories etc. are held at the National Records of Scotland.
- The modern Gazetteer for Scotland provides comprehensive information on both old and modern-day Scotland. Take some time to fully explore its features in depth.
There is now an electronic mailing list for those with an interest in this county. To subscribe to DUNBARTONSHIRE-GENWEB-L or to its digest form DUNBARTONSHIRE-GENWEB-D, send an email message to either DUNBARTONSHIRE-GENWEB-Lemail@example.com or DUNBARTONSHIRE-GENWEB-Dfirstname.lastname@example.org. Leave the subject field blank and put
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- Rolls of Honour and War Memorials (monuments) are one good resource for family historians, but need to be addressed with some caution - it should not be assumed that they are either complete or accurate. Memorials (and Rolls of Honour) were created at the local parish level after asking the local inhabitants whose names should appear. Thus:
- Some names may have been omitted, for a variety of reasons.
- Some names may appear on more than one memorial.
- Some names may be misspelled, or given names transposed.
- Some people may be listed as killed in action, but were not.
- Some people may be listed who were not in the service at all.
- Some people may have been confused with others of a similar name.
- A Roll of Honour may sometimes list the names of all who served, not just those who died.
- Some of the original records may have been incorrect, for a variety of reasons.
- Some (more recent) research may be incorrect.
- View a list of the Rolls of Honour for Dunbartonshire.
(Monumental Inscriptions - see Cemeteries)
There is now a surnames list which includes this county. If you are researching any families in Dunbartonshire, please consider submitting details to this new list.
The Glasgow & West of Scotland FHS covers this county.
For a social and economic record of the parishes of Dunbartonshire, together with considerable statistical material, see Sir John Sinclair's Statistical Account of Scotland, which was compiled in the 1790s. Follow-up works to this were the New Statistical Account (also known as the Second Statistical Account) which was prepared in the 1830s and 1840s; and more recently the Third Statistical Account which has been prepared since the Second World War.
Thanks to a joint venture between the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh the First and Second Statistical Accounts can now be accessed on-line at The Statistical Accounts of Scotland, 1791-1799 and 1845.
These records give a fascinating glimpse into our ancestors daily lives. The local Church of Scotland ministers were asked to describe their parishes, for example, what the land was like; what crops were grown; what the predominant language spoken in the parish was; the health of the parishioners etc. Please bear in mind that some ministers had better descriptive powers than others. Nevertheless, you will learn a great deal about their lives. There are no individual names mentioned unless they were major landowners. So this is not a document to search for names. More recently the Third Statistical Account has been prepared since the Second World War.