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GROS Today Continuities and Change. By Martin Tyson Departmental Record Officer General Register Office for Scotland. New Register House. An Act to provide for the better Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages in Scotland, 1854. History. Functional Stability:

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Gros today continuities and change

GROS TodayContinuities and Change

By

Martin Tyson

Departmental Record Officer

General Register Office

for Scotland



An act to provide for the better registration of births deaths and marriages in scotland 1854
An Act to provide for the better Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages in Scotland, 1854


History
History Deaths and Marriages in Scotland, 1854

Functional Stability:

  • Oversight of registration system

  • Data custodians

  • Access to records

  • Statistical reports


1861 Census: Arthur Conan Doyle, Aged 1, Picardy Place Deaths and Marriages in Scotland, 1854


Major additions
Major additions Deaths and Marriages in Scotland, 1854

  • Census - 1861 onwards

  • 1939 - registration of population

  • 1952 - National Health Service Central Register


Major causes of change
Major causes of change Deaths and Marriages in Scotland, 1854

  • Technological change

  • Administrative change

  • Societal change


Technological change 1 databases
Technological change 1 - Databases Deaths and Marriages in Scotland, 1854

  • processing of statistical information - Vital Events database, 1974 on

  • record keeping – NHSCR

  • future of census?


Technological change 2 census processing
Technological change 2 - Census processing Deaths and Marriages in Scotland, 1854

  • 1861 - by hand

  • 2001 - imaged forms had most information automatically processed

  • geographical information systems

  • more data, more analysis


Technological change 3 indexing
Technological change 3 -Indexing Deaths and Marriages in Scotland, 1854

  • 1854 - access via paper indexes

  • 2004 - access via electronic index databases


Technological change 4 imaging
Technological change 4 -Imaging Deaths and Marriages in Scotland, 1854

  • 1854 - access to register data by extract copy

  • 2004 - access to digital images


Digros
DIGROS Deaths and Marriages in Scotland, 1854

Digital

Imagingof the

Genealogical

Records

Of

Scotland’sPeople


Digros will

Provide access to digital images of GROS records for all of Scotland

Enable family history search centres to be set up locally

DIGROS will :-


Digros1
DIGROS Scotland

  • Digitisation of all GROS records

  • Connection with existing indexes

  • In-house and online

  • Available at local registration offices


From this
From this….. Scotland


Scottish family history research service will

Promote closer links with National Archives for Scotland & Lord Lyon

Encourage local councils to establish local family history centres

Result in “genealogy campus” in Edinburgh by 2006

Scottish Family History Research Service will :-


Technological change 5 electronic registration
Technological change 5 - Electronic registration Lord Lyon

  • supply registration software to registrars

  • electronic creation of register entries

  • transmitted electronically to centre


Administrative change
Administrative change Lord Lyon

  • Changes in status and nature of registrars – professionalisation, Certificate of Proficiency

  • Rationalisation of geography of registration system: 1027 Registration Districts in 1855, 231 now.


The future new ways of working
The Future - new ways of working Lord Lyon

  • Registration bill - powers for online registration

  • informants talking directly to GROS


Registration bill forthcoming
Registration Bill (forthcoming) Lord Lyon

  • 32 registration districts

  • register births, deaths anywhere

  • powers for e-registration

  • Major move away from the parochial system of registration inherited in 1854


Societal changes
Societal changes Lord Lyon

  • 1930 - adoption registration introduced

  • 1939 – end of irregular marriage

  • 1977 – Marriage (Scotland) Act – current basis for marriage law


Societal changes new and upcoming
Societal changes – new and upcoming Lord Lyon

  • Gender Recognition Act 2004

  • Civil Partnerships Bill

  • Family Law Bill


Gender recognition act 2004
Gender Recognition Act 2004 Lord Lyon

  • Set up Gender recognition panels

  • Recognise transgender

  • Set up gender recognition register

  • Allow marriage in new gender

  • Provide for existing marriages to be dissolved


Civil partnerships bill
Civil Partnerships Bill Lord Lyon

  • Allow same sex couples to register partnership

  • To acquire legal rights similar to those of a married couple


Family law bill
Family Law Bill Lord Lyon

  • Where an unmarried couple both jointly register a child’s birth, father will automatically acquire parental rights.

  • 46% of births in 2003 to unmarried parents

  • Only 6% registered solely in mother’s name


Gros records enterprise

GROS: Records Enterprise Lord Lyon

By

Martin Tyson

Departmental Record Officer

General Register Office for Scotland


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