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    Can anyone help or advise me regarding the Electoral Rolls for Glasgow around the late 50's early 60's, my uncle was living in Shettleston in 1959 when our grandfather died, as this part of Shettleston was demolished to make way for those awful high rise flats the people were living there were moved to other parts of Glasgow. His address in 1959 is all I have to go on to find the other relatives who would have been living there and then I may be able to trace some of these and eventually with any luck be able to meet with them. A long shot I know but any and all help would be so very much appreciated
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    Nic, it would be helpful if we knew his name, vital details and possibly an approximate time length of his residence in Shettleston. That way, we can help you.

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    Why not try Glasgow council record office:

    https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=3214

    Alternatively if that does not help you, and you are looking for potentially living relatives then I would suggest you contact the Salvation Army's finding service: http://www.salvationarmy.org.uk/familytracing They specialise in reuniting families.

    This forum does not deal with living relatives since we could be in breach of data protection.

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    Thanks smj & Megan, his name is James Stewart and he was born around 1928 in Glasgow, I don't have his exact birth date, so he may of course have died by now, with a name like his it's extremely difficult to find his death certificate, therefore I thought the voters roll would be the way to go in order to find out more and perhaps other family living at the same address.
    My grandfather, also James Stewart died in 1959 in Glasgow and therefore I can see both addresses on the death certificate that my uncle signed, as for the length of time they both lived in Shettleston I really don't know, and the older generation in my family have all passed away now.
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    Since you have addresses, why don't you see who was living there in the 1911 census? Also, take a look at the Valuation Rolls - the entry will give the owner, tenant and occupier (head of household) for every house.
    Message 2 on THIS thread deals with the Valuation Rolls. THIS message deals with Scotlands People, which you will need for the VRs, BMDs and most other things you want about scottish records.
    If you know his wife's name, search for her death cert (you can use maiden and married surnames, reducing the potential hits) and see whether she's described as wife or widow. That'll give you a better idea if the situation, and the address of her regular residence. Their marriage cert will provide both sets of parents, with occupations.
    There were 7 boys called James Stewart born in Glasgow in 1928, 3 of them without a middle name. Since the area of Glasgow is also given on the search results, and you know the address, that should help you pick out the baby you need.

    I see that you are in Scotland. You can save yourself a lot of time by simply having a day in Edinburgh, and checking the assorted certificates in the Scotlands People Centre. Once you have paid the (reasonable) entry fee, you have access to all BMDs, the only limit is whether or not the records are in the system yet. There are limits on how young records can be and still be available online.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lesley Robertson View Post
    Since you have addresses, why don't you see who was living there in the 1911 census? Also, take a look at the Valuation Rolls - the entry will give the owner, tenant and occupier (head of household) for every house.
    Message 2 on THIS thread deals with the Valuation Rolls. THIS message deals with Scotlands People, which you will need for the VRs, BMDs and most other things you want about scottish records.
    If you know his wife's name, search for her death cert (you can use maiden and married surnames, reducing the potential hits) and see whether she's described as wife or widow. That'll give you a better idea if the situation, and the address of her regular residence. Their marriage cert will provide both sets of parents, with occupations.
    There were 7 boys called James Stewart born in Glasgow in 1928, 3 of them without a middle name. Since the area of Glasgow is also given on the search results, and you know the address, that should help you pick out the baby you need.

    I see that you are in Scotland. You can save yourself a lot of time by simply having a day in Edinburgh, and checking the assorted certificates in the Scotlands People Centre. Once you have paid the (reasonable) entry fee, you have access to all BMDs, the only limit is whether or not the records are in the system yet. There are limits on how young records can be and still be available online.
    Thanks Lesley, my grandparents were married in 1915 and not living in Glasgow so looking at the 1911 census wouldn't work in this case, but I will take a trip to Edinburgh and speak with the registrar at New Register House it's not too far for me to travel and I think the fee is still 15. I will of course post on the site whatever I find out and it may just help someone else with this type of awkward search.
    My thanks again to all who have contacted me
    Nic

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    You need the room supervisor these days - they're very good. If you go in August, reserve a place on line - a lot of people combine the Festival and SP.

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    Hi Lesley,
    I contacted The National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh and also The Mitchell Library in Glasgow, The Library in Edinburgh now have all my family details and will send me, free of charge! my family details, and for those like myself with the same family history purposes their email address is: enquiries@nls.uk
    The information on the voters rolls for the address's I have for the family can also be looked up for pre 1959 and forward of this date. Phone number for Edinburgh is: 0131 623 3820 and the staff are really very understanding and helpful

    The links for The Mitchell Library in Glasgow for similar enquiries is:
    The voters’ rolls for Glasgow are held by the Special Collections department of The Mitchell Library. Please see http://www.glasgowfamilyhistory.org....ers-Rolls.aspx for further information. Staff of Special Collections can be contacted by emailing History_and_Glasgow@glasgowlife.org.uk or by telephoning 0141 287 2988.

    There is also a useful guide to tracing living people available on The National Archives’ website at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/h...living-people/.

    I hope all this information is in someway helpful to all who need to find their family in scotland

    All the best

    Nic

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