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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 deaths for South Ronaldsay and Burray,
I can say with some confidence that I have tried to index all of the deaths that seemed
"discoverable" in the South Ronaldsay and Burray civil registers for 1855 through 1899.
In addition, I have tried to locate a number of South Ronaldsay and Burray "Strays".

The registering of deaths prior to the year 1855 was not a consistent practice.
However, the Reverend John Gerard did notate several deaths between the years
of 1832 and 1844 in the Old Parish Registers, and I have included a list of these.
Please note that these earlier deaths seem to have mainly
represented decedents for the South Parish of South Ronaldsay.



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.

Searching through my Index may leave you with some happy surprises!

Wouldn't it be nice to see what your ancestor's signature actually looked like? 
The real-time signature of the "Informant" can be seen in the original record of
the actual civil death register.  (Remember, however, that some of our ancestors
could not write, in which case, only their "Mark" can be seen on the civil death
register for which they happened to be the "Informant.")  As I understand it,
"Informants" named on the death registers were those who gave at least some
information regarding the Deceased, to the Registrar, for each particular death record.

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

What if you could find one more generation back into your Lineage,
after years of searching?
 
Often the civil registers contain names of parents who are not listed
in the South Ronaldsay and Burray Old Parish Registers.

Ever wondered just who was the spouse
of that great-great-great-grand-aunt?
 
With careful study of this Index, you can determine
various family relationships of those related to the Deceased.

What about place names, where your ancestor lived? 
The places-of-death are notated in my Index.

FINAL NOTE: 
'South Ronaldsay and Burray Civil Death Registers: Extracted Index'
does not give full death register information, but provides a guideline for your research.
Click here to find out how you can get a more complete civil death record.