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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.

1851 Census Indexes

1861 Census   

1861  Census Indexes

1881 Census Transcription & Index

1891 Census Index  

Court Records  




Occupational Records     

Parish Registers   

Probate Records & Wills


Parishes in the 1851 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 County Abbreviation and Film Number.

1851 Census Index - County of Nairnshire
fiche Nai 1D-3D

1861  CENSUS
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 County Abbreviation and Film Number.

Ardclach (120)
Auldearn (121)
Cawdor (122)
Nairn (123)

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 Nairn, ships are listed in the Registration District of Nairn. 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 Nairn 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 1891 Census held 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.


1825 Pigot & Co Directory of Scotland
1837 Slaters Directory of Nairnshire

fiche Nai 1

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 Aberdeen, Banffshire, Kincardine, Moray & Nairn.
Plan of the Town of Nairn [from the actual survey 1821,  Wood, John]
Complete Set of Ordnance Survey Plans for Scotland


The Northern Highlands in the 19th Century
Newspaper Index & Annals [James Barron]
Volume 1, 1800-1824
The Northern Highlands in the 19th Century
Newspaper Index & Annals [James Barron]
Volume 2,  1825-1842


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).



Nairn Parish Register [53]  Christenings 1771-1854,  Marriages 1771-1854,
Register of Neglected Entries

Film Nai 1

Nairn Parish Register [Blotter] [53]  Baptisms 1757
Film Sct 29

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

The Institute 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 Moray covered the County of Nairn.

fiche T37

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
The two CD’s are indispensable to the genealogist as they record from 1544 to1859 an authentic history of inheritance of the greater part of the landed property in Scotland and the descent of most of the leading families.
Scottish Calendar of Confirmations [of wills] 1876 - 1923
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 Fife, Dundee, Clackmannan, Kinross, Stirling, Aberdeen, Kincardine, Banff, Elgin, Nairn, Inverness, Ross & Cromarty, Sutherland, Caithness, Orkney and Zetland [RH 3/211/2]
Film Sct 5


Account of hearth money collected for the County of Nairn 1695
Film Sct 20

If you are unable to visit the AIGS Library to use any of the above resources
why not make use of our Research Service


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Updated 14th July 2011