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The aim of the Digitising Scotland project is to digitise up to 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.

These records are presently kept as indexed images accessible from Scotland’s People. To extract data a researcher must first search for an individual record by name and then manually transcribe the required information, such as cause of death, occupation, etc. This currently renders any large-scale research project impossible – a situation that the Digitising Scotland project will change.

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