The original Old Parish Registers (of baptisms / births, proclamations / marriages, and deaths / burials) of the Church of Scotland, which cover the years up to 1854, are held in the National Records of Scotland in Edinburgh, and they can all be consulted there at the National Records of Scotland. The baptisms / births, proclamations / marriages and deaths / burials indexes can be searched at the ScotlandsPeople website. Copies of the register entries may be purchased.
Parish reference number: 402
The Old Parish Registers (OPRs) span the following dates (although there are gaps within these ranges):
|Anstruther Easter OPR
||Births / baptisms
||Proclamations / marriages
||Deaths / burials / mortcloths
|Register of Neglected Entries
|(Data supplied by the National Records of Scotland)
The Detailed List of the Old Parochial Registers of Scotland, published 1872, provides this information about the content of the OPRs, including the gaps within them:
B. and M. intermixed till May 1643. Separate Records of B. June 1643 - Dec. 1649. Blank Dec. 1649 - Jan. 1657, after which B. and M. are again intermixed till 1670. Blank June 1670 - July 1672. Separate Record of B. from July 1672. Only six entries July 1681 - Aug. 1684. Entries 1736 - 1773 tabulated. Exc. June 1643 - Dec. 1649, Mothers' names not recorded in B. till Jan. 1670, and sometimes omitted after that date.
M. blank March 1654 - Jan. 1657, May 1670 - April 1678, March 1681 - Oct. 1684, and July 1690 - Nov. 1691. One entry May 1696 - Oct. 1698. Blank Dec. 1718 - July 1720, Jan. 1724 - Oct. 1725, and Aug. 1795 - Oct. 1796. No entry 1810. Duplicate of Record 1796 - 1824. After 1773, fact of Marriage rarely added to the entry of Contract or Proclamation.
D. Deaths and Burials till June 1779, then Deaths only. Blank (exc. one entry for 1829) Sept. 1798 - 1833.
Copies of the registers on microfilm may be consulted in some local libraries and at LDS Family Search Centres around the world. The indexes to baptisms / births and proclamations / marriages can also be searched on the LDS Family Search website or on the IGI on microfiche in local libraries.
LDS Library Film Numbers:
||Baptisms, 1641-1854; Marriages, 1678-1827, 1796-1854, 1844-1847; Burials, 1746-1798, 1833-1854; Neglected entries.
|(Data provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)
Deaths / burials are listed on Fife Family History Society's Pre-1855 Fife Deaths CD.
Lists of Male Heads of Families, circa 1834, gathered as a result of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland's 1834 Veto Act have been transcribed for some parishes by Old Scottish Genealogy and Family History.
Further information on the main Fife page.
Kirk Session records are held at the Special Collections Dept. of St Andrews University Library, with digital copies at the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh. Some Kirk Session material is to be found in the OPR records (402/1).
Heritors' Records - none known.
At the Special Collections Dept. of St Andrews University Library, with digital copies of the earlier volumes at the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh:
Anstruther Easter Kirk Session
Minutes and accounts, 1654-1710; Minutes, 1717-1961; Accounts, 1796-1822, 1825-1828 and 1831-1903; Weekly collections, 1851-1869 and 1895-1962; Seat letting cash book, 1834-1934; Proclamations, 1855-1972; Baptisms, 1855-1961; Rental book of kirk session's lands of Anstruther Easter, 1780-1807; Churchyard register, 1855-1879; Admiral Black's bequest fund minutes and accounts, 1853-1892; Communion roll, 1841-1845, 1872-1880 and 1897-1960; Cash book, 1717-1725; Extracts from Kilrenny session minutes, 1713-1842; Inventory of documents and property, 1920-1951; Miscellaneous documents.
At the Special Collections Dept. of St Andrews University Library:
Anstruther St Adrian's Kirk Session
Communion roll, 1961-1973; Minutes, 1961-1972; Congregational board minutes, 1965-1972; Property register, 1956; Baptismal register, 1961-1972.
Included in the Old Parochial Registers on microfilm and at the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh but not online:
Anstruther Easter Kirk Session