The original Old Parish Registers (of baptisms / births, proclamations / marriages, and deaths / burials) of the Church of Scotland, which cover the years up to 1854, are held in the National Records of Scotland in Edinburgh, and they can all be consulted there at the National Records of Scotland. The baptisms / births, proclamations / marriages and deaths / burials indexes can be searched at the ScotlandsPeople website. Copies of the register entries may be purchased.
Parish reference number: 400
The Old Parish Registers (OPRs) span the following dates (although there are gaps within these ranges):
||Births / baptisms
||Proclamations / marriages
||Deaths / burials / mortcloths
|(Data supplied by the National Records of Scotland)
The Detailed List of the Old Parochial Registers of Scotland, published 1872, provides this information about the content of the OPRs, including the gaps within them:
B. No entries between Dec. 1624 and Oct. 1625. Imperfect leaf at June 1680. Blank Jan. 1717 - May 1719. Leaves of Record 1660 - 1677 much frayed. Mothers' names not recorded till March 1783.
M. blank July 1713 - Oct. 1719, and (exc. entries of Contract or Proclamation Money 1759 - 1767) July 1759 - May 1784. No entry for 1787.
Copies of the registers on microfilm may be consulted in some local libraries and at LDS Family Search Centres around the world. The indexes to baptisms / births and proclamations / marriages can also be searched on the LDS Family Search website or on the IGI on microfiche in local libraries.
LDS Library Film Numbers:
|1040143 Item 6
||Baptisms, 1620-1786; Marriages, 1691-1713, 1720- 1767, 1784-1785; Burials, 1784-1785.
|1040144 Items 1 - 2
||Baptisms, Marriages, 1786-1854.
|(Data provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)
Deaths / burials are listed on Fife Family History Society's Pre-1855 Fife Deaths CD.
Some of the OPR entries can be searched on the FreeREG site.
Further information on the main Fife page.
Kirk Session records are held at the Special Collections Dept. of St Andrews University Library, with digital copies at the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh. Some Kirk Session material is to be found in the OPR records (400/1).
Heritors' Records (HR649) are at the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh.
At the Special Collections Department of St Andrews University Library, with digital copies at the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh :
Abdie Kirk Session
Minutes, 1719-1797 and 1897-1951; Accounts, 1719-1908 and 1924-1945; List of population of parish, 1821; Communion roll, 1876-1922, 1925-1940 and 1943-1972; Proclamations, 1897-1948.
At the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh:
Account and letter book 1835-75, of William Angus of North Grange, Lindores, elder of Abdie Church. It contains tables of agricultural wages 1857-73, letters concerning local affairs 1846-67. and letters and statements of Abdie church 1835-75. At the back there is a record of baptisms of the Angus Family 1789-1840 (f 170).
Included in the Old Parochial Registers on microfilm and at the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh but not online:
Abdie Kirk Session
Discipline and corrections, 1691-1713.
At the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh:
Abdie parish heritors' records
Minutes, 1796-1929; Accounts, 1840-1929; Papers relating to buildings, 1829-1914; Papers relating to the transference to Church of Scotland, 1926-1927; Correspondence, 1847-1935; Plans of church and manse, 1927, nd.