Help in the search for family history

GENEALOGISTS in Forfar have had their work made easier following a move to make the Valuation Rolls for the year 1915-16 available online.

Accessible through the ScotlandsPeople website, the rolls are now searchable for the first time meaning images of entries can now be found through both name and address.

The rolls record the names of owners, tenants and occupiers of each property, unlike the full lists of family members to be found in the censuses.

Usually the named person is the head of the household, but sometimes a husband and wife might be listed. Frequently, the wife is the named tenant of rented property.

The Valuation Rolls were created so that the authorities could set local rates. The purpose was to assess property by its annual rental value.

This was either the value of the rent paid by the tenant, or a notional rental value if the owner occupied their own property.

The burgh and county assessors did not list properties individually that were worth below £4 annual rental value.

Registrar General and Keeper of the Records, George MacKenzie, said: “These new details about property owners and tenants will be invaluable for people researching the history of their family, their house, or their local area.

“The rolls are most useful alongside other records, especially the census and statutory registers that are also on ScotlandsPeople.”

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