These records include digital images of 110,000 birth entries from 1916, more than 47,000 marriage entries from 1941, and 64,000 death entries from 1966. They are now available for members of the public to search, view, and save.
Among the notable Scots whose births were registered in 1916 are Jessie Kesson, the author of ‘Another Time, Another Place’ and ‘The White Bird Passes’, and Jack Milroy, the comedian who partnered Ricki Fulton on stage.
With the Scottish Records 1916-1966 released, ScotlandsPeople also explores the battles and heroes who inspired babies’ names during the First World War.
Looking through the Scottish statutory birth records available on ScotlandsPeople, it is clear that in a display of patriotism during the First World War, parents named their babies after battles, popular war heroes and leaders of the period. During the years 1914-1919 babies were registered with war-inspired forenames, including Edith Cavell, Horatio Kitchener, David Beatty, Battle of Verdun, Battle of Mons (see above), Battle of Arras, and Victory.
From the marriages registered in 1941, ScotlandsPeople features the story behind the wedding photograph belonging to a ScotlandsPeople user, and a contrasting tale of a Clydebank couple whose marriage was cut short by war. Of the 64,000 deaths recorded in 1966, ScotlandsPeople highlights Alexander Carrick, one of Scotland’s leading monumental sculptors.
Learn more about their stories via Scottish Records 1916-1966 Released on the ScotlandsPeople website.