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This charming old studio photo is of Isabella Jarvie, from Banton, and Alexander Nicol, from Cumbernauld, who emigrated to the South Island, New Zealand as newlyweds in the 1874 - they settled in Glentunnel, Canterbury, where they lived for many happy years and raised their large family.

Read their pioneering story at  The NICOL family home page


Six Decades of Scotland's Census Records

***1841 Census Now Online***

In addition to the 1851, 61, '71, '81, '91 and 1901 census records, the indexes and images for the 1841 Census for Scotland are now available online at

ScotlandsPeople *** New Data Announcement - 30th Dec 2005***

Customers can now access, online, records from the Statutory Register of Births for 1905, the Statutory Register of Marriages for 1930, and the Statutory Register of Deaths for 1955. Almost 100,000 new index and corresponding image entries have been added to the site, amounting to six gigabytes of data.

The project to make available online the handwritten census records in Scotland from 1841 to 1901 has just been completed, with the addition of the very first census in 1841 - when the population of the country was only 2,620,184. The five-year ScotlandsPeople project was launched in 2002 and is claimed to contain the most comprehensive online set of family history information for any country in the world. It is currently one of the largest single information resources on the web. In addition to the census records, the material includes the indexes to the Old Parish Registers from 1553, indexed digital images of the statutory registers of births for Scotland, 1855-1905, the statutory registers of deaths for Scotland, 1855-1955 , the statutory registers of marriages for Scotland, 1855-1930.

Wills and Testaments from 1513 to 1901 from the National Archives of Scotland are also available. There are 50 million historical records accessible from around the world. Their website has over 400,000 registered users paying to download information. See

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