Scotlands People Web Site

05:36PM BST - Thursday, 16 June 2005

Contributed by: Michael Bunting FSG

I have received the report below letting us know of the plans to update the "ScotlandsPeople" website with some changes and additions.

We are delighted to inform you the new site http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk
is now up and running.

In addition to the existing indexes and images, ScotlandsPeople now provides access to historical wills and testaments from 1513 - 1901, creating a unified search system for all these sources. To enhance your experience on this site the following upgrades have been made:

*What's in the Database:
Includes detailed information on and examples of all record types.

*Document types:
These are now colour-coded for easy reference.

*Help & Other Resources and FAQs:
These have been greatly expanded and improved.

*Specific Help:
This is now available via ? icon for each search form field.

*New Search Site:
This new facility allows easy searching of Help, FAQs and Features sections.

*Female death search:
Now allows cross-indexing using maiden, married or previous married surnames. More information at
http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/content/help/index.aspx?319 .

*Age at Death unrecorded age checkbox:
Checking this box will include those entries between 1855 and 1865 where no age at death was recorded. More information at
http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/content/help/index.aspx?320 .

*Birth year:
You may now choose a period of +/- 1, 2, 3, 5 or 10 years around the time of birth. More information at
http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/content/help/index.aspx?322 .

*Parent name in OPR births & baptisms search:
Parent name fields can now be populated by any name of either parent. More information at
http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/content/help/index.aspx?276 .

*Census:
Now searchable one year at a time with districts names matching those in statutory search lists and only districts that existed in the census year chosen are offered as options. More information at
http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/content/help/index.aspx?300 .

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