Messages From stonehavengenealogy



#2436 Oct 5, 2003


What you can expect to get from the post 01/01/1855 civil

registration records and from pre 01/01/1855 Old Parish

Records are distinctly different. After 1855 it was an

offence not to register a birth, death or marriage and in

consequence these records are pretty comprehensive. Before

1855 the Church of Scotland was given the responsibility

for recording births and marriages, but this was not

popular in some places and not popular amongst some other

religious denominations. It also cost money and many

people had none to spare. It is reckoned that the capture

was only 30% in some places. The information recorded in

the OPRs was very variable from parish to parish. While it

is always worth checking the original OPR you often get no

more information than what has been put on the IGI.

So for Barbara Craig ms Moir I would not be surprised if

her birth was not recorded but I would be surprised if her

death wasn't. You have searched up to 1890. She might have

died later than this. If she was born about 1812/13 she

would be about 78 by then. (My gx2 grandmother lived in the

same era and in the same area and died aged 80, and my gx3

grandmother, also from this area died aged 90). So you

could try on scotlandspeople again. Another angle of attack

would to try and find her on the 1891 census, even 1901

census. This I can do quickly and for free, and it will

narrow down the search a bit.

The b.1809 Barbara Moir doesn't look too good to me.

Judging by the size of the Craig population in Portlethen

fishing community by 1851 the balance of probability is that

John's father would have belonged to there.