Monday, July 18, 2011

National Archives of Scotland

In April the National Archives of Scotland merged with another agency to become the National Records of Scotland (NRS). This merger has given the NRS six buildings and 72 kilometers of historical records that date to the 12th Century. Records include the Scottish registers such as birth, marriage, and death certificates. Along with the registers are census records that date back to 1841.

The range of the records contained by the NRS is large. Records include state and parliamentary papers, registers of deeds, church records, photographs, maps, private records, and many more. The NRS does provide online services and gives links to other sites with related resources. To use the services of the NRS a person needs to give identification with an address and two passport photographs. This will give the user a reader’s ticket and allow them to use the search rooms. The audience is very diverse in the upper floors and mainly mature users in the family history rooms.

One of the most interesting things to me about the NRS was the amount of genealogy that occurs. The NRS has five genealogy search rooms and the materials in this department are digital. Any other material that is not digital is given priority to be digitized. The oldest document in the collection is a brief from King David I from the 1120s. This document contains information about the King granting land to the church.

I really liked the National Records of Scotland and the information we were given by Margaret McBryde who is the Education Officer. After a short informal lecture we were shown some documents concerning Scotland and then the Southern states. One document was a letter written from the States to a person in Scotland. This letter was written normally but then turned on its side and the writer then wrote over the top of the other writing. The letter was really awesome and I could actually read most of it.

Photo is from the National Archives of Scotland website.

No comments:

Post a Comment