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East Lothian
Catalogue of Fiche, Film and CDs
Note that the spelling of place names may have changed over the years so remember to check all variations.
 Updates highlighted in Red
This catalogue is divided into the following categories.
Choose any link below to go to your area of interest.

1841 Census

1851 Census Index

1861 Census    

1861  Census Indexes

1881 Census Transcript & Index

1891 Census Index Court Records




Nonconformist Records   

Occupational Records 

Parish Registers    New

Probate Records & Wills


Parishes in the 1841 Census held in the AIGS Library
Note that these items are microfilm of the original Census records and are filed in the Film cabinets under their Parish Numbers.



Indexed Transcription for the whole county

Parishes in the 1861 Census held in the AIGS Library
Note that these items are microfilm of the original Census records and are filed in the Film cabinets under their Parish Numbers.

Aberlady (702)
Athelstaneford (703)
Bolton (704)
Dirleton (705)
Dunbar (706)
Garvald (707)
Gladsmuir (708)
Haddington (709)
Humbie (710)
Innerwick (711)
Morham (712)
North Berwick(713)
Oldhamstocks (714)
Ormiston (715)
Pencaitland (716)
Prestonkirk (717)
Prestonpans (718)
Salton (719)
Spott (720)
Stenton (721)
Tranent (722)
Whitekirk & Tynninghame (723)
Whittinghame (724)
Yester (725)

1861 Census of Merchant and Royal Navy Ships
The film of 1861 Census of Merchant and Royal Navy Ships in Port covers all of Scotland.  For East Lothian, ships are listed in the following Registration Districts: - Dunbar and North Berwick.  These entries are all listed on film 902


Index to the Marine Returns for Scotland
fiche Sct 1E

1881 Census Index  for entire County of East Lothian in 6 sets of fiche. 
(Surname Index, Birth Place Index, Census Place Index, As Enumerated, Misc. Notes, Ships, Institutions).
Also on CD (1881 British Census and Index)

Parishes in the East Lothian 1891 Census in the AIGS Library
We have a complete set of Indexes for all parishes for the 1891 Census.


Decisions of the Court of Session 1781-1822
Published by David Hume in 1839 this is a wonderful record of hundreds of court decisions involving people from all over Scotland.



1820 Directory of Haddingtonshire [Dunbar & Haddington]
Part of the Nick Vine Hall Collection

fiche Eln 1

1825 Pigot & Co Directory of Scotland
1837 Directory of Haddingtonshire
Part of the Nick Vine Hall Collection
fiche Eln 2
1915 Directory of Scotland  [Private Residents & Trades]
Part of The Nick Vine Hall Collection
fiche Sct 419-425


Francis Groome's 1896 Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland [6 volumes]  -
together with additional material and  indexes. 


Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland


The collection of Maps held in the library is in paper format, and will be found in either the Maps Stands or on top of the film cabinets in Map holders.
Civil Parishes and Counties of Scotland showing Overall Dates of Old Parochial Records held in Edinburgh and available Worldwide on microfilm for the Counties of East, West and Midlothian.
Plan of the towns of Haddington & Nungate  [from the actual survey 1819, Wood, John]
Complete Set of Ordnance Survey Plans for Scotland


Haddington East United Presbyterian Church -   Baptisms 1855-1859
Film Sct 29
Humbie & Fala Free Church -   Marriages 1845-1866
Film Sct 29
Ormiston Path Head & Ormiston Free Church -   Baptisms 1843-1859
Film Sct 29
Tranet Free Church - Baptisms 1843-1858, 1872-1888
Film Sct 34


Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae - [Volume 1] [Hew Scott]
A full listing, with biographical details, of ministers who served in the Synod of Lothian & Tweedale from the Reformation to the Twentieth Century and covers the counties of Midlothian, East Lothian and West Lothian

Merchant Seamen Crew Lists & Agreements 1863-1913 [CLIP]


The Register of Apprentices of the City of Edinburgh 1583-1800
Note:  These Apprentices come from all parts of Scotland.             


Historical Clock & Watchmakers Index [UK-wide index]


Merchant Seamen’s Crew Agreement Lists 1851 PRO Catalogue No. BT 98
Note: The area designation relates to the ships’ Port of Registration not the birthplace of the seaman. 
A seaman could sign on anywhere and change ships at will, so if you do not find him where expected try other areas.
  The files include a Master Surname Index to Lists published to date.
Areas covered are:-Aberdeen, Angus, Cornwall, Lanark, Renfrew, Scotland South- East, Scotland South-West, Highlands & Islands, Wales, Ireland North (Ulster), Ireland Mid  & East (Leinster) Ireland South &West (Munster & Connaught).



Aberlady PR [702]
Kirk Session Minutes 1828-1848 including Baptisms and Proclamations to Marry
Film Per 9
Bolton PR [704]
Baptisms 1819-1838, 1850-1854
Marriages 1820-1852, 1850-1854
Burials 1840-1855
Film Eln 1
Direlton PR [705]
Church Minutes 1664-1703
Marriages 1683-1748, 1759-1819, 1820-1854
Burials 1830-1854
Film Eln 1
Dunbar Parish [706] Burial and Morthcloth records CD
Ormiston Parish Register [715]   Baptisms 1637-1648, 1707-1819
Marriages 1637-1749, 1706-1855, Burials 1642,
Baptisms & Marriages 1819-1854
LDS Film 0167853
Ormiston Parish Register Index [715] [Taken from LDS Films 1067853 & 0103187]
Births and christenings A thru Z, 1637-1854 (2 fiche)
Marriages A thru Z, 1637-1854

LDS Fiche 6901285
LDS Fiche 6901286

Wills before 1875 were proved in Commissariot Courts.
The areas covered by Commissariot Courts pre 1800 in Scotland relate to Church jurisdiction and not county borders so
more than one Court can cover a County. 

The Commissariot Court of Edinburgh had jurisdiction for the whole of Scotland and abroad and should also be checked. 
These Testaments are for personal property only.

The Library has a complete set of Indexes for pre 1800 Commissariot Court Wills.

The Commissariot of Edinburgh was the main court and covers all of Scotland and Overseas as well as the local area and should always be checked. fiche T11-T23
The Commissariot of Dunkeld covers the following parishes in East Lothian - Aberlady.
fiche T10
Land was covered by separate laws and is covered by the records detailed in:
The Retours of Services of Heirs index 1544 -1699
The Service of Heirs Index
1700 - 1859
Scottish Calendar oF Confirmations [of wills] 1876 - 1923 fiche
British Probate Calendar  1858 - 1898
Contains English and Welsh Wills and Administrations as well as some Irish and Scottish entries.
Entries can also be found from around the world and from deaths many years earlier. (See Guide)
Where a Scottish Testator also held property in England, for the years listed below, wills were also proved in London , and indexes to these are found at the end of the films listing English probate, on the last film for each year after the letter ' Z.'
1858 to 1866 inclusive
1869 to 1876 inclusive
Register of Defuncts
Index to the Inventories of the Personal Estates of Defuncts recorded in the Commissary Court Books of Edinburgh, Haddington and Linlithgow for 1827-1865 and Commissary Court Books of Lanark, Dunbarton, Renfrew, Bute and Argyll for 1846-1865.
Film Sct 4


E69/9/1 Hearth Tax for East Lothian
List of hearths within the presbytery of Dunbar 1691, 1694
Film Sct 20

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