Online Indexes

Who? What? Where? When?

We are trying to index diverse records that might contain information about your ancestors that you cannot find in sources currently available. This is to help you get over those irritating genealogical brick walls!

We index births, marriages, deaths, prisons, court records, mental health records and much more to help you find those elusive ancestors. We like to index records that add depth to your knowledge of your ancestors; prison records for example!

Our indexes has so far focused on the south of Scotland, particularly the counties of Roxburghshire, Berwickshire, Selkirkshire, Peeblesshire, Dumfriesshire, Wigtownshire and the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright. Recently however we have undertaken indexing projects that cover all of Scotland such as our mental health records, paternity index, Quaker records and prison records.


We have now made available an online searchable database for paternity cases in Sheriff Courts in the south of Scotland. To learn more about what these records are and see an example visit the Learning Zone on our website: www.scottishindexes.com

1830-1914 - Dumfries
1830-1851 - Duns
1894-1914 - Hawick
1748-1753 - Jedbugrh
1831-1892 - Jedburgh
1748-1765 - Kirkcudbright 
1830-1914 - Kirkcudbright
1837-1914 - Peebles
1751-1757 - Selkirk
1782-1793 - Selkirk
1830-1914 - Selkirk
1830-1914 - Wigtown
1830-1844 - Edinburgh

Total so far: 7,066 entries. More records coming soon!


This is an index of the MC2 series of records, held at the National Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh. The title of these records is "Notices of Admissions by the Superintendent of Mental Institutions". The volumes commence in 1858 and each volume covers one month. The index so far covers the months of January-June 1858, January-April 1859 and July 1859, but more months and years will be added shortly. We are very grateful to Ian Berry, Heather McMahon and Roberta Rossely for their help in indexing these records.

The Mental Health Records record set now contains 1,480 entries.


We have now made available an online searchable database of all the parish registers.

The records we have indexed are not part of the Church of Scotland Old Parish Registers (or OPRs) as found on the Scotland's People site, and therefore contain many records of births, marriages and deaths which are not to be found anywhere else.

Included in our index is an index to all Quaker births (1647-1874) and marriages (1656-1875) in Scotland.

Births/Baptisms (7,283 entries).

Marriages/Banns (1,531 entries).

Deaths/Burials (2,583 entries).


We have made available an online searchable database for all the prison registers we have indexed so far:

Banff Prison 1848-1849
Cromarty Prison 1841-1871
Dumbarton Prison 1828-1840 Dumfries 1841-1851
Greenlaw 1840-1862
Jedburgh 1843-1869
Kelso 1844-1862
Peebles 1848-1862
Selkirk 1828-1840, 1853-1878

17,569 entries


Our census database is fully available for free on our website. That is an index and full transcription.


1841 Census (111,330 names)

Complete counties: Berwickshire, Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire and Selkirkshire.

Dumfriesshire: Parishes of Durisdeer, Eskdalemuir, Ewes, Glencairn, Gretna, Half Morton, Hoddom, Holywood and Westerkirk.

East Lothian: Parish of Soutra.

Midlothian: Parishes of Heriot, Stow, and Fala.


1851 Census (224,150 names)

Complete counties: Berwickshire, Dumfriesshire, Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire and Selkirkshire.

East Lothian: Parish of Soutra.

Kirkcudbrightshire: Parishes of Anwoth, Balmaclellan, Balmaghie, Borgue, Buittle, Carsphairn, Colvend & Southwick, Crossmichael, Dalry, Girthon, Irongray and Kells.

Lanarkshire: Parishes of Carmichael, Carmunnock, Carnwath, Carstairs, Covington & Thankerton, Crawford, Crawfordjohn, Culter, Dolphinton, Dunsyre, Lamington, Walston and Wiston & Roberton.

Midlothian: Parishes of Heriot, Stow, and Fala.

Wigtownshire: Parishes of Glasserton, Kirkcowan, Mochrum and Whithorn.


1861 Census (115,521 names)

Complete counties: Berwickshire, Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire and Selkirkshire.

Dumfriesshire: Parish of Ewes.

East Lothian: Parish of Soutra.

Midlothian: Parishes of Heriot, Stow, and Fala.

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