National Records of Scotland- Effective April 1, 2011 New Admin Body

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

Scotland's Cultural Minister announced on March 11 that effective April 1, 2011 the National Records of Scotland will begin work. The National Records of Scotland is the official merger of the General Register Office of Scotland and the National Archives of Scotland. This merger was part of the Scottish government's to streamline public entities. The two bodies already work closely to provide a service to family historians, both at the ScotlandsPeople Centre in Edinburgh and online at

The National Records of Scotland will be responsible for preserving the national archives, running the census and registrations of birth, marriage, deaths, divorces, civil unions and adoptions. To read more on what is planned go to:

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Director-at-Large
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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