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RECORDS of famous Scots including Adam Smith and Sir Walter Scott were made available online for the first time yesterday.

The records - some dating back to the 16th century - are of deaths and burials logged in the Old Parish Registers of Scotland.

They have been posted on, marking the completion of a digitisation project which began eight years ago.

OPRs are the records kept by the Church of Scotland for the 300 years before the start of the civil registration system in 1855.

The ScotlandsPeople website already contains the OPR entries for births, baptisms and marriages.

But the addition of the death and burial records now means that all of Scotland's OPRs are available on the internet.

The new information should help family historians trace their Scottish roots.

Other well-known Scots featured in the newly available records are poets Allan Ramsay and Robert Ferguson, and DeaconWilliam Brodie..


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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Apr 2, 2009
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