The History of Leith

December 1, 2008

More access to Scotland’s People

An initiative that makes it easier for library users to access family history information was launched today.

Public library users throughout Scotland can now access the pay-per-view ScotlandsPeople website locally and at a reduced cost.

Culture Minister Linda Fabiani said:

“The ScotlandsPeople partner organisations have worked closely with the Scottish Libraries Information Council and Local Authorities to ensure this great facility is available in public libraries throughout Scotland.

“It will give people with an interest in their family history, but who may not have easy access to a computer, the opportunity to use the best family history website in the world. Easier access to this information will allow more Scots to understand who they are and where they come from.

“Homecoming Scotland 2009 celebrates our rich cultural identity and Scots’ contributions to the world. As the celebrations continue throughout next year, more and more Scots will be visiting their local libraries to take advantage of this invaluable resource.”

ScotlandsPeople is the official Government source of genealogical data in Scotland and is a partnership between the General Register of Scotland, the National Archives of Scotland and the Court of the Lord Lyon. It is enabled by Brightsolid, a leading provider of web based business solutions.

ScotlandsPeople holds digital images of Scottish records of births and marriages dating back to 1553, deaths from 1855, the open census records from 1841 to 1901, wills and testaments from 1513 to 1901 and Coats of Arms from 1672 to 1907.

Online subscribers to ScotlandsPeople pay £6 for 30 credits. In libraries, users will get 60 credits for the same amount.

source-Scottish Government

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