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To assist you in the searching process, Help With Searching includes information about the free surname search, how surname and forename variations and illegitimacy can affect the success of your search, how to employ soundex or wildcards in a search and how to refine your searches in the statutory records.

Look at Extant OPRs to discover when a particular parish register existed and the covering dates for births & baptisms, banns & marriages and deaths & burials in each parish.

Look at Extant CPRs to find out when a particular Catholic parish register existed.

Find out more About The Courts and the part they play in your research of wills & testaments.

Pinpoint locations of searches using the List of Parishes & Registration Districts, Counties Map and Courts Map. Understand the relationship between Scotland's counties and the courts using the Counties and Commissariots List and the Counties and Sheriff Courts List and use the Parish Descriptions of the Statistical Accounts to enhance your knowledge of individual parishes.

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Look at Research Tools if you require assistance with deciphering handwriting in documents, or have difficulty understanding unfamiliar occupations, medical terms, unusual words or abbreviations used in the wills & testaments index.

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