Saturday, 22 August 2015

Hamilton and Paisley paternity case indexes online

From Scottish Indexes:

Annan, Scotland – To celebrate the “Lanarkshire Family History Society Local and Family History Show” (the largest family history show in Scotland) is releasing thousands of historical Scottish paternity records. The total number of paternity records now indexed is 11,723!

These records give a unique insight into the lives of our ancestors and allows people with illegitimate ancestors to trace their male line more easily; often helping you overcome a ‘brick wall’ in your family tree! The new additions are Hamilton paternity cases 1845-1915 & Paisley cases 1830-1833

As these are a new source to many researchers Scottish Indexes provides a free ‘Learning Zone section to guide you:

Graham Maxwell, genealogist at Scottish Indexes, says, “For years people have struggled to trace the father of their illegitimate ancestors, our hope is that this index will lead people to the key sources they need to trace their family tree. Without the aid of our volunteer this index would not be possible.”

Scottish Indexes is also using the ‘Sponsor an Index’ initiative to fund some indexing and major new releases of indexes mental health records and prison records are planned in the coming year.

(With thanks to Emma Maxwell)


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