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Perthshire

Archives and Libraries

There are a number of local libraries and archives which serve Perthshire or have a degree of Perthshire content

There are some with a narrower focus:

Cemeteries

  • Mitchell, J. F. & Mitchell, S., Monumental inscriptions (pre-1855) in North Perthshire and Monumental inscriptions (pre-1855) in South Perthshire (1975 and 1974, Scottish Genealogy Society).

    A new edition has been printed, with corrections, as a 4 volume set, available from Tay Valley FHS, the Scottish Genealogy Society and others.

  • Monumental Inscriptions are being collected by Tay Valley FHS, who are also involved in the Scottish National Burial Index.

  • A detailed breakdown of the location of burial records held by Perth & Kinross Council.

Census

There has been a census every ten years since 1801, excluding 1941. The earliest for practical purposes is usually 1841 and the latest that is currently available is for 1911. Scottish census returns are held by the Registrar General.

Microfilm copies are held locally by Tay Valley FHS, the LDS Family History Centre, Dundee, and A K Bell Library, Perth and can also be ordered at LDS Family History Centres around the world.

A transcript to 1881 and digital copies to 1891 and 1901 are available and searchable online at Scotland's People.

Church Records

Old Parish Registers for Church of Scotland congregations are are held by the Registrar General. Microfilm copies are held locally by Tay Valley FHS, the LDS Family History Centre, Dundee, and A K Bell Library, Perth and can also be ordered at LDS Family History Centres around the world.

Kirk Session records (Church of Scotland) are with the National Archives of Scotland, although parts are sometimes on OPR microfilms.

Non-Church of Scotland Registers are more problematic. Some may be found in Perth & Kinross Archive or in the National Archives of Scotland. It is often worth doing a search at the National Register of Archives for specific localities.

For information on records for a particular parish, please see the appropriate parish page.

Civil Registration

Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths began in Scotland on 1st January 1855. Certificates are held by the Registrar General and can also be ordered through Scotland's People.

Court Records

Sheriff Court Records for Perthshire fall under either Perth or Dunblane and are held by the National Archives of Scotland:

  • Perth: Ref. SC.49
  • Dunblane: Ref. SC.44

A variety of local court records are held by Perth & Kinross Archive.

Records of sasines, testaments, inventories etc. are held at the National Archives of Scotland.

Description and Travel

Emigration and Immigration

  • These articles or short essays, on Scots migrants & emigrants and other topics, include people from Perthshire.

  • These accounts by emigrants to Canada in 1842 include a number by people formerly of Perthshire.

  • Perth County Pioneers has accounts of former tenants of the Breadalbane estate.

Gazetteers

Genealogy

  • There is a Perthshire mailing list.

  • Researchers may be interested in Perthshire GenWeb.

  • Those researching in Highland Perthshire may like to visit Rannoch.Net.

Historical Geography

See Regalities and Baronies for more information about Perthshire's history of geographical boundaries.

History

Land and Property

  • Most major records relating to land ownership are held nationally, so look at the entry on the main Scotland page.

  • Perth & Kinross Archive hold a range of different records relating to local property.

Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NO008263 (Lat/Lon: 56.418516, -3.609637), which are provided by:

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