Thursday, January 25, 2007

See Burns' birth certificate online

The birth and marriage certificates of Scotland's national bard Robert Burns have been made available on the internet for the first time.

It is part of a project which sees all birth, death and marriage certificates going online in time for Burns Night.

The records date back to the 16th century and are now accessible via the ScotlandsPeople website.

The birth certificate of the national bard is on the website along with the record of his marriage to Jean Armour.

The record of Robert Burns's birth and his wedding to his Bonnie Jean are just a few of the hundreds of thousands of entries.

They are among the last to be transferred onto computer as part of a £3m project to make everything held by the General Register of Scotland in Edinburgh available online.

That means all of Scotland's Old Parochial Records dating back to 1553 can now be viewed on the site.

Users are charged to access the various records.

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