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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 Indexes

1861 Census    

1881 Census Transcript & Index

1891 Census Index

Court Records




Nonconformist Records  


Parish Registers  

Probate Records & Wills


Index to the Marine Returns for Scotland
fiche Sct 1E

Parishes in the Shetlands 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.
Bressay, Burra & Quarff (1)
Delting (2)
Dunrossness (3)
Sandwick,  Cunningsburgh & Fair Isle (3)
Fetlar  & North Yell (4)
Lerwick (5)
Mid & South Yell (6)
Nesting  & Lunnasting (7)
Whalsay (7)
Northmavine (8)
Sandsting  & Aithsting (9)
Tingwall (10)
Unst  (11)
Walls, Sandness, Papa-Stour & Foula (12)

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 The Shetlands, ships are listed in the following Registration Districts: -  Burra & Quarff,  Sandwick & Cunningsburgh, Lerwick, Tingwall &
Whiteness & Wesesdale/Weisdale.  These entries are all listed on Film 902.

1881 Census Index  for entire County of Shetlands 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 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 Slaters Directory of The Shetland Isles

fiche Sht 1

1915 Slaters Directory of The Shetland Isles
fiche Sht 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 Orkney and Shetland.
Bartholomew's Revised 'Half Inch' Contoured Map of Shetland 1973
Complete Set of Ordnance Survey Plans for Scotland


Northmavin Wesleyan Chapel [Blotter] Register [8]
Baptisms 1830-1874,  Marriages 1844-1879

Film Sct 27

North Rooe Wesleyan Chapel - Marriages 1843-1879
Film Sct 27


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).



Bressay, Burra & Quarff Parish Registers [1]
Baptisms 1737-1819, 1820-1854,
Marriages 1766-1821, 1820-1854,  Burials 1786-1820, 1820-1849,  Deaths 1817-1820
Burray & Quarff
Baptisms 1755-1835, 1820-1850,  Deaths 1820-1843
Baptisms 1823-1854 Marriages, 1830-1854 Deaths 1830-1849
Film Sht 1
Dunrossness Parish Register [Blotter] [3]
Births 1853
Film Sct 24
Feltar Parish Register [Kirk Session] [4/2]
Baptisms 1847-1855, Marriages 1852-1854, Burials 1852-1855
Film Sct 36

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.

Register of Testaments – Pre 1800
The Commissariot of Orkney & Shetland covers the whole of The Shetlands.
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 T39
fiche T11-T23
Land was covered by separate laws and is covered by the records detailed in:
The Service of Heirs Index 1700 - 1859
The Retours of Services of Heirs Index  1544 - 1699
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

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