#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.