Re: [dundee-history] Church of Scotland
At the Reformation, circa 1580, the Church decreed that all parishes should record the details of baptisms & proclamation of marriages of adherents. Not all parishes started records immediately, most by the mid-1600s. A small number of parishes also recorded details of non-adherents (e.g. Episcopalians in Glencarse), but that is rare.
What it means is that if your ancestors were Church members, you are more likely to find records than is not. I can trace my family to 1585 in the Dundee area, for example.
Some useful genealogical links may be found at http://www.dundeestmarys.co.uk/links.html#Genealogy
Date: 2004/03/17 Wed PM 08:43:34 GMT
Subject: [dundee-history] Church of Scotland
My mothers family were Church of Scotland. My mother against the
wishes of her family married my Irish Catholic father. This might
explain why I know nothing about the Church of Scotland.
Anyway I'm wondering what being a member of this church would mean
as far as genealogy goes. The family name was Archer and I wonder if
this could tell anybody anything.
Excus my ignorance
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