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The 1895 Valuation Rolls are now live on the ScotlandsPeople website.

The new records, comprising 2,095,707 indexed names and 75,565 digital images, cover every kind of building, structure or dwelling that was assessed in 1895 as having a rateable value, and provide a fascinating picture of Scottish society during the late Victorian era.

The Rolls contain the names of owners, tenants and occupiers of each property - and in many cases, occupations are also included. The head of the household is usually the named person, although sometimes a husband and wife might both be listed - interestingly, wives are often the named tenant in rented property.

As the Rolls contain individuals from right across the social spectrum - from dwellers in Scotland's tenements to famous property and land owners - they reveal some very interesting features of social history in Scotland during the late Victorian era.

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The more information you can give about the people you mention, the more chance there is of someone else connecting with your family.

Dates and places of births, deaths and marriages all help to place families.

Professions also help.

'My great-grandmother mother was a Douglas from Montrose' does not give many clues to follow up! But a bit of flesh on the bones makes further research possible. But if we are told who she married, what his profession was and where the children were baptised, then we can get to work.

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