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: 415
The Old Parish Registers (OPRs) span the following dates (although there are gaps within these ranges):
||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. M. and D. (Burials) intermixed till 1644, and recorded in parallel cols. of the same pp. from 1645 - 1817, after which three separate Records are kept. Blank Jan. 1644 - March 1645, and Dec. 1646 - March 1649. Margins of leaves 1642 - 1680 much wasted, rendering many entries of M. imperfect, and some altogether illegible. Blank in Record of Burials May 1655 - Jan. 1708. After Jan. 1817, Deaths.
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:
|1040154 Items 3 - 4
||Baptisms, 1620-1727; Marriages, 1620-1727; Burials, 1620-1655, 1708-1727.
|1040155 Items 1 - 3
||Baptisms, Marriages, Burials, 1727-1854.
|(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.
Some of the OPR entries can be searched on the FreeREG site.
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 (415/1).
Heritors' Records (HR386) are at the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh.
At the Special Collections Dept. of St Andrews University Library, with digital copies of the earlier volumes at the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh:
Ceres Kirk Session
Minutes, 1644-1697, 1700-1717, 1740-1849, 1889-1902 and 1912-1921; Cash book, 1700-1710, 1740-1757, 1783-1801 and 1819-1851; Poor's fund accounts, 1835-1844; Baptismal register, 1856-1861 and 1910; Proclamation register, 1856-1953; Communion roll, 1870-1881, 1885-1896, 1906-1912 and 1920-1922; Congregation roll, 1878; Poor's committee minutes, 1843-1846; Parochial board minutes, 1844-1857 and 1885-1904.
Included in the Old Parochial Registers on microfilm and at the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh but not online:
Ceres Kirk Session
At the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh:
Ceres parish heritors' records
Minutes, 1828-1930; Poor Fund accounts,1828-1839, 1843-1845; Cash book, 1845-1930; Ledger, 1911-1927; Assessments 1828-1887; Papers relating to division of church, 1810, 1829; Correspondence, 1868-1905; List of lairs, c 1891; Valuations, 1829,1852, undated; Plans of church, 1883.