Monday, January 02, 2006

ACROSS MY DESK: ScotlandsPeople expands

NOTE: the following was received from ScotlandsPeople.gov.uk
All inquiries should be addressed to that site.

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ScotlandsPeople wishes everyone all the best for the festive season.

*** NEW DATA ANNOUNCEMENT***
We are pleased to announce that this year we have received permission to release the new years statutory data earlier than in previous years.

Customers can now access, online, records from the Statutory Register of Births for 1905, the Statutory Register of Marriages for 1930, and the Statutory Register of Deaths for 1955. Almost 100,000 new index and corresponding image entries have been added to the site, amounting to six gigabytes of data. This is now available at http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/

***MAJOR INDEX UPDATES***
In addition to the new data release, we have just deployed the biggest single index update on the site to date. These include corrections of indexing and transcription errors in Statutory Birth, Death and Marriage indexes (Census updates for all years will follow shortly). Please note that some previous searches may change to reflect the updates, in that incorrect returns will be removed whilst corrected records will be returned. As always, we do stress that customers read the extensive help regarding how to best find elusive entries. See, for example, Help with Searching
http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/content/help/index.aspx?r=551&556

2005 has been a busy year for ScotlandsPeople with the 1871 Census launch in April, the new site launch (including the addition of the Wills & Testaments) in June and the 1861 Census made available in October. We plan to launch the Census data for 1851 and 1841 as early as possible in the New Year (Jan and Feb respectively). Look out for announcements regarding the addition of other new data sets and enhancements to the site, including the OPR images, as the New Year progresses.

Please note that our help desk is planning to observe the public holidays 2 and 3 Jan. During this time we will however keep you informed of the site status via the login message – so please keep an eye on this.

A Happy New Year to everyone from ScotlandsPeople.

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