Registration services and research

Our registration offices record births, stillbirths, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships, and issue certificates of these events. Each office can also issue extracts of any event (except stillbirth) registered in Scotland between 1855-2013/14.

We conduct civil wedding ceremonies as an alternative to religious services.

We can assist people with research into their ancestry. Each office can access full digital records for the whole of Scotland from 1855-2012/13 and census records from 1841 to 1911 and Old Parish Records pre 1855.

We can also deal with a number of other related matters such as changes of name, marriages abroad, re-registration of births and declarations of parentage.

All our registration offices accept debit/credit card payments for all services offered during personal visits to these offices. Certificates for previously registered births etc, ceremony fees and searches can also be paid over the phone.

The National Records of Scotland  is responsible for the arrangements for registering births, deaths, marriages, civil partnerships and other life events. 

Their Registration Privacy Notice (248 KB PDF) tells you what happens to personal information when a life event is registered.