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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.

1861 Census   

1861  Census Indexes

1881 Census Transcription & Index

1891 Census Index

Court Records





Monumental Inscriptions    

Nonconformist Registers

Occupational Records

Parish Registers    

Probate & Wills


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.
Ettrick (774B)
Galashiels (775)
Kirkhope (776)
Roberton (777)
Selkirk (778)
Yarrow (779)

Census of Merchant and Royal Navy Ships
The film of 1861 Census of Merchant and Royal Navy Ships in Port covers all of Scotland.  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 Selkirk in 6 sets of fiche.  
(Surname Index, Birth Place Index, Census Place Index, As Enumerated, Misc. Notes, Institutions). 
Also on CD (1881 British Census and Index).

Parishes in Selkirk in the 1891 Census in the AIGS Library
We have a complete set of Indexes for all parishes for the 1891 Census on microfiche.


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 - 26 Pigot & Co Directory of Scotland

1837 Diectory of Selkirkshire
Part of The Nick Vine Hall Collection

fiche SEL 1

1866 Directory of Selkirkshire
Part of The Nick Vine Hall Collection

fiche SEL 2-3

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 Berwick, Roxburgh, Selkirk & Peebles.
Plan of the town of Selkirk  [from the actual survey 1823 Wood, John]
Complete Set of Ordnance Survey Plans for Scotland


Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae: –
The Succession of Ministers in the Church of Scotland from The Reformation [Volume 2]
Synods of Merse, Teviotdale and Dumfries & Galloway.


Heart of Hawick - Information on Parish & Local Resources and Border Family History.


Brierylaw Cemetery, Selkirk MIs



Ashkirk Free Church [BlotterRegister] [781]
Christenings  1844-1908.
Parish transferred to Selkirk In 1891.
Film Sct 23


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).



Ettrick Parish Register [774B/1-2]
Kirk Session Minutes incorporating Baptisms, Proclamations & Burials 1695-1706
Register of Baptisms 1707-1819, Registers of Bookings & Marriages 1707-1820
A Note of Marriages & Burials 1707-1820, Marriages 1816-1819
Deaths in Ettrick Parish 1816-1820, Baptisms & Marriages 1816-1854, Burials 1816-1836
Note:  Entries repeat and are out of order in various places – check carefully.
Film Slk 1
Galashiels Parish Register [775/1-3]
Register of Births/Baptisms 1714-1739, Children's Burials 1738
Register of Baptisms 1738-1819, Burials 1733 – 1746 – Assorted dates out of order
Baptisms 1820-1854, Marriages 1827, Deaths 1831-1843
Birth Index 1820-1854
Register of Neglected Entries
Note:  Entries repeat and are out of order in various places – check carefully.
Film Slk 1
Kirkhope Parish Register [776/1]
Marriage Index 1851-1854,  Births/Baptisms 1851-1853,  Record of Proclamations 1852-1854
Film Slk 1
Roberton Parish Register [777] 
Marriages 1701-1822,  Burials 1744-1801,  Miscellaneous Church Papers 1700-1822, 
Marriages 1702-1820,  Baptisms 1820-1855 Proclamations & Marriages 1822-1855
Film Slk 2
Selkirk Parish Register [778] 
Baptisms 1697-1720,  Marriages 1697-1719,  Baptisms 1720-1760,  Baptisms 1766-1768
Film Slk 2

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 Peebles covers the county of Selkirk.
fiche T40
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.
Register of Testaments - Pre 1800
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. The Commissariot of Peebles covered the County of Selkirk.
fiche T11-T13

fiche T40
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 1846 - 1867
Index to the Inventories of the Personal Estates of Defuncts recorded in the Commissary Court Books of Ayr, Berwick, Dumfries, Kircudbright, Peebles, Roxburgh, Selkirk & Wigtown from 1846-1867, plus an Addenda.
Film Sct 2


Hearth Tax for the County of Selkirk, 1694
Film Sct 20

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Updated 14th July 2011