The Digitising Scotland project has digitised around 24 million Scottish record images containing vital event records of births, marriages and deaths. This will allow research access to some 18 million individuals dating back to 1856.
Prior to The Digitising Scotland Project, these records were kept as indexed images accessible from Scotland’s People. To extract data a researcher first had to search for an individual record by name and then manually transcribe the required information, such as cause of death, occupation, etc. This rendered any large-scale research project impossible – a situation that the Digitising Scotland project is changing.