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About Us

We are the National Records of Scotland (NRS), created on 1 April 2011 by the amalgamation of the National Archives of Scotland (NAS) and General Register Office for Scotland (GROS). We are part of the devolved Scottish Administration. Our main tasks are;

  • We are responsible for the Registration of events such as births, deaths, marriage, civil partnership and adoptions and for the laws relating to the formalities of marriage.
  • We take the census of Scotland's population every 10 years.
  • We use information from the census and other sources to prepare and publish demographic and other statistics used by central and local government , commerce and industry and medical and other researchers.
  • We provide family records, drawn from our registration and census information, for genealogists all over the world

We are headed by the Registrar General, Tim Ellis and about 300 people work for us in Edinburgh and Dumfries. We prepare each year:

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Page last updated: 11 November 2013

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