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A FEW IMPORTANT NOTES


~~~ Lisa's initial notes for the user of this web site ~~~



Though this site does not purport to show a complete index of
 all of the 19th-century births for South Ronaldsay and Burray,
I can say with some confidence that I have tried to index all of the births (or baptisms,
if a birth was not recorded) that seemed "discoverable" in the South Ronaldsay and
Burray old parish registers and statutory registers for the years 1800 through 1899:
3,362 births and/or baptisms for years 1800-1854, and 3,712 births for years 1855-1899.

A date and place of marriage for the parents of a newborn is indicated in civil, or statutory,
birth registers for years 1855 [year and place is given], and 1861 through 1899 [year,
month, day and place given].  For at least 95% of those statutory birth register entries
which also notated the parents' marriage dates, I took the time to find extra indications,
mainly from viewing marriage register documents, that the marriage dates
listed in the civil birth registers also matched dates given for the marriage in any
marriage records.  If both the marriage date shown for the parents in the birth register
matched the date given in their marriage register, I did not add any extra notes:
you can infer that I checked to see if both records had matching dates, and that they did.
And when marriage dates shown in civil birth registers did not match those
in the applicable marriage register, I specifically added a note by the civil birth
register entry to this effect, noting that these dates differed. 
Marriage information for the parents is not given in the civil birth registers
for years 1856 through 1860.  For these years (when no date of marriage for the
parents was notated in the civil birth register), I have made a point to locate
the date notated in the marriage register for that newborn's parents' marriage,
in order to provide that information for you, along with the birth register extract.

Please be aware, that in both instances described above, I had less opportunity to
verify dates for a marriage which took place in America or in England or elsewhere,
in which case (whether I have added a note by those birth entries or not), further
verification of a non-Scotland marriage date needs to occur on your part.

I have also tried to locate additional (limited) information to add to
quite a few birth register entries for children born to unmarried parents.

I do not purport to have complete knowledge of when all marriage dates,
or even places of marriage, differed from what was shown independently in
the civil birth registers!  If you are aware of other sources for marriage dates which can
either verify, or show further inconsistencies with, a date given, please contact me. >email

NOTE:  Both birth registers and marriage registers often had different place-names
shown for the locations of the marriage of parents.  The work and time it would take me,
unfortunately, to track down what would have been considered the "official" place
of marriage for the parents was not something I found feasible due to my time constraints.

I did come across several births registered on South Ronaldsay or
Burray of newborns that were actually born in another parish
(usually another Scottish parish), but, for whatever reason, these births
were listed within the South Ronaldsay or Burray birth registers.
It is possible the parents intended to stay on South Ronaldsay or Burray for a while,
and wished for their child's name to be notated within these Orkney registers.



ALL SPELLINGS SHOWN IN INDEX ARE SHOWN AS THEY WERE DEPICTED
IN 1950s-1960s GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY of UTAH MICROFILM RECORDS,
OR IN DIGITIZED RECORDS FOUND ON THE ScotlandsPeople WEB SITE,
AS VIEWED AND TRANSCRIBED BY LISA CONRAD.

When handwriting could not be deciphered with certainty,
I enclosed the uncertain data within  {      }  , placing a best guess
within the brackets, or otherwise putting a  '?'  within the brackets.
ALSO PUT WITHIN BRACKETS  {      }  ARE ANY NOTES by me - these not being in original.

THIS IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER, AS YOU USE THE INDEX.

Although original spellings were generally kept, when I felt
that SOME of the wordings or spellings needed additional
acknowledgment that they are, indeed, shown as depicted originally,
they were put within single quote marks, like so   >          '         '      
in order for me to re-emphasize this original wording or spelling.

The real-time signature of the "Informant" can be seen in the original record of
the actual civil birth register.  (Remember, however, that some of our ancestors
could not write, in which case, only their "Mark" can be seen on the civil birth
register for which they happened to be the "Informant.")  As I understand it,
"Informants" named on the birth registers were those who gave at least some
information regarding the newborn, to the Registrar, for each particular birth record.

An "Informant" who is labeled as an "Inmate", or an "Occupier", refers
to an individual living in the same household as the newborn.

FINAL NOTE: 
'South Ronaldsay and Burray 19th-c. Births/Baptisms: Extracted Index'
does not give full birth register information, but provides a guideline for your research.
Click here to find out how you can get a more complete birth/baptism record.