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: 409
The Old Parish Registers (OPRs) span the following dates (although there are gaps within these ranges):
||Births / baptisms
||Proclamations / marriages
||Deaths / burials / mortcloths
|(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 1782; after which they occur on alternate pp. of the Register. Duplicate of Record 1652 - 1657, and 1690 - 1712. B. defective 1782 - 1784; M. defective 1782 - 1787. Not very carefully kept after 1782. Mothers' names not recorded in entries of B. till 1784, and frequently omitted even after that date.
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:
|1040194 Items 6 - 7
||Session book (includes Baptisms and Marriage proclamations), 1632-1674, 1690-1779; Baptisms, 1779-1820, 1832, 1835; Marriages, 1779-1820; Burials, 1747-1762.
|1040150 Item 1
||Baptisms, 1820-1854; Marriages, 1820-1855.
|(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.
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 (409/1).
Heritors' Records (HR579) are at the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh.
At the Special Collections Dept. of St Andrews University Library, with digital copies at the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh :
Balmerino Kirk Session
Minutes, 1696-1753 and 1857-1953; Accounts, 1690-1787; Minutes and accounts, 1745-1751 and 1755-1780; Communion roll, 1872-1929; Proclamations and births, 1696-1820; Births and baptisms, 1820-1870; Register of deaths and burials, 1744-1762 and 1823-1856; Proclamations and marriages, 1820-1893; Register of births, 1855-1856; Proclamations, 1893-1978; Accounts, 1729-1787; Cash book, 1857-1922.
Included in the Old Parochial Registers on microfilm and at the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh but not online:
Balmerino Kirk Session
At the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh:
Balmerino parish heritors' records
Minutes, 1882-1927; Cash book, 1883-1928.