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ScotlandsPeople (SP) is an online archive containing almost 90 million records covering genealogical information related to Scotland. The site is a partnership between National Records of Scotland and Court of the Lord Lyon, the web-site being provided and maintained by D. C. Thomson & Co.. From 1st September 2016 the ScotlandsPeople the provision and maintenance of a new website is by CICI. We recognize that most of these materials are primary sources but they should assist Wikipedia editors in improving Scottish biographical articles. ScotlandsPeople offered 50 accounts to their database. Unlike some other TWL resources, ScotlandsPeople provided approved Wikipedia users with 1000 credits to use on the site to access online records, instead of a time-limited account.

Included resources

The records included in this partnership were:

Statutory Registers

Old Parish Registers

Catholic Registers

Census Records

1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911 1881 (LDS)

Valuation Rolls

1875 1885 1895 1905 1915 1920

Free Search Records


  • You have an account that is a minimum of 12 months old
  • You have a minimum of 1000 edits to the encyclopedia
  • You do not already have access to this resource through another library or institution
  • You have made at least 10 edits to Wikimedia projects in the last month
  • You are not currently blocked from editing Wikipedia

If you don't quite meet the experience requirements but think you would still be a strong candidate for access, feel free to apply and you may be considered


Approved editors may

  • Search, view, retrieve, and display portions of restricted content;
  • Electronically save portions of restricted content;
  • Print out single copies of portions of restricted content;

Approved editors will not

  • Share their account logins or passwords with others, or sell their access to other parties
  • Mass scrape or mass download ScotlandsPeople content
  • Systematically make printed or electronic copies of multiple extracts of restricted content available for any purpose.
  • Datamine metadata without permission, in order, for instance, to use metadata for auto-created stub articles.
  • Violate any terms and conditions which appear on the particular pages of the ScotlandsPeople website they are accessing.

Private and confidential information


External video
Family History guide to ScotlandsPeople
  • Editors should always provide original citation information in addition to linking to ScotlandsPeople resources.
  • Editors should not provide bare links to restricted ScotlandsPeople pages
  • Note (subscription required) in the citation, where appropriate
  • Respect the copyright of ScotlandsPeople, in accordance with Wikipedia's copyright policy and their terms of use
  • Make efforts to provide full citation information in line with the citation examples provided below, or with the examples provided by ScotlandsPeople, where possible
Note that citation styles vary by article, and using every parameter in the example is not a requirement of access; editors can use the style most appropriate to the articles or projects they are working on.


<ref> {{cite web |first = | last = |title=|work=1841 Census |accessdate=20 November 2014 |url=| publisher =[[ScotlandsPeople]] |subscription=yes}}</ref>

Further participation[edit]

You can help The Wikipedia Library share this partnership:

  • Add {{Wikipedia:ScotlandsPeople/Userbox}} to your user boxes. This helps us share our project with other experienced users.
This user has access to the ScotlandsPeople Database through The Wikipedia Library


Add yourself at the bottom of the list with a line starting with #{{user8|USERNAME|Project=code}} (eg. {{user8|Example|Project=en}}) to be notified if this partnership is restarted.