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    A treasure trove of Scottish history is to be made available on the Internet for the first time via a new partnership between Scotland On Line and the General
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 19, 2002
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      A treasure trove of Scottish history is to be made available on the
      Internet for the first time via a new partnership between Scotland On
      Line and the General Register Office for Scotland.

      An innovative new website, www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, officially
      launched at Edinburgh’s New Register House today (Wednesday 18th
      September), by Deputy Minister for Justice, Dr Richard Simpson, will
      provide online access to a wealth of Scottish historical information,
      much of it previously unavailable on the Internet.

      Created by Scotland On Line, one of the UK’s leading new media
      publishers and Internet business solutions providers, the new Scotland
      ’sPeople service will enable Scots at home or abroad to track back
      through hundreds of years of historical data to trace their family
      histories.

      The site will provide an easily accessible route to the unrivalled
      store of Scottish history which is preserved for the nation by the
      General Register Office. Amongst the material available for the first
      time will be:

      · Indexed digital images of the statutory registers of births for
      Scotland, 1856-1901.
      · Indexed digital images of the statutory registers of deaths for
      Scotland, 1856-1951

      These will soon be followed by:
      · Indexed digital images of the statutory registers of marriages for
      Scotland, 1856-1926.
      · Browsable digital images of the 1841, 1851, 1861 and 1871 census
      returns for Scotland.

      The site will also include the following records, previously available
      online:
      · Indexed digital images of the 1891 and 1901 census returns for
      Scotland.
      · Indexes to the 1881 census returns for Scotland.
      · Indexes to the Old Parochial Registers of baptisms and
      proclamations/marriages for Scotland, 1553-1854.


      The service will be further enhanced in 2003 when digital images of
      the Old Parochial Registers of baptisms, proclamations of
      banns/marriages and deaths and of the 1881 census returns also become
      available online.

      The site also includes a number of free features, including a free
      surname search where the user can see how many entries there are under
      their name on the indexes and a regularly updated feature on Famous
      Scots providing data on well-known figures in Scottish history.

      Once registered on the Scotland’sPeople website, users only need to
      enter their username and password each time they return. For a fee of
      £6 payable by credit or debit card, the user can access the index
      database and is entitled to 30 “page credits” over a period of 24
      hours. In addition, if a user wishes to order an extract of any
      register entry found in the index, they can also do so online for a
      fee of £10. The system automatically transfers the request to the
      General Register Office for Scotland to fulfil the order and mail the
      extract.

      Dr Richard Callison, Chief Executive of Scotland On Line, said:

      “One of the principal challenges for Scotland On Line in creating the
      new Scotland’sPeople site has been to assimilate and make accessible a
      vast amount of data and images – tens of millions of separate images
      will now be available online.

      “Also, by the very nature of genealogy, each search for a family
      history is very much an individual one, with each user heading off in
      many different directions to trace their own particular family roots.
      The need to be able to guide the user through an enormous number of
      possible trails was achieved by the blend of specialist skills within
      our technical team.

      “There is now a huge amount of interest in the subject of genealogy
      and demand continues to grow. Our principal objective in working on
      the project was to assist in popularising the idea of genealogical
      research and to help make the subject and the relevant material more
      accessible to the individual.”

      John Randall, Registrar General for Scotland, said:

      “I am delighted to be able to introduce our new website which, for the
      first time, will give online users access via digital images to the
      information contained in Scotland’s official registers of births and
      deaths. With Scotland Online we are looking forward to putting
      online images of all the historical records that GROS holds. The
      result will be probably the most comprehensive online set of family
      history information for any country in the world.

      We are pleased to be working with our new partners, Scotland On Line,
      and look forward to the future development of the site.

      Scotland On Line employs over 60 staff and is one of the UK’s leading
      new media publishers and Internet business solutions providers.
      Services including Managed Hosting, Connectivity, Application and Web
      Design, Security and eCommerce Solutions are offered to clients such
      as Scottish Widows, Standard Life, Abbey National and the Scottish
      Parliament. Further details on Scotland On Line’s range of products
      and services can be obtained at www.scotlandonline.co.uk. Information
      on the company’s leading Scottish-interest websites is available at
      www.scotlandonline.com.
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