Our Guest Speaker, Kerry Farmer, Professional Genealogy Instructor, Writer and Speaker, will speak about English and Scottish Research.
Scottish civil registration (birth, marriage and death certificates) began 1855, before that there was the Old Parish Records(OPR) for baptisms, marriages and (a small number of) burials, some back to 16th century. The earliest surviving Old Parish Records in Scotland date from 1553, although few survive before 1600.
The recording of baptisms, marriages and burials in English parish records began in 1538. Protestant Irish parish records began around the same time, although the fire in the Public Records Office in Dublin (1922) destroyed half the parish records. Few Catholic records in Ireland survive before the middle 19th century. Civil registration (government birth, marriage and death certificates) began in England in 1837, Scotland in 1855 and Ireland in 1864. Northern Ireland civil registration began in 1922.