New ScotlandsPeople website launches online

By Jon Bauckham, 28 September 2016 - 4:31pm

The Scottish Government’s official genealogy web service has been revamped, with costs for accessing statutory index entries scrapped

ScotlandsPeople 28 September 2016

A brand-new version of ScotlandsPeople has launched online.

The revamped genealogy website – containing millions of documents held by National Records of Scotland (NRS) – boasts an enhanced search facility and new user interface, designed to be accessible on a range of devices.

While the price of purchasing pay-per-view credits has increased (now £7.50 instead of £7 for 30 credits), users are no longer charged for accessing statutory index entries to birth, marriage, death, Old Parish Register and Open Census records.

In addition, all credits, saved images and searches from the old version of the website will still be available to users once they log into the new platform.

The new version of ScotlandsPeople has been designed by CACI, which won the contract for running the service after NRS’s existing deal with Findmypast ended in 2015.

Although CACI’s redesigned site was supposed to launch on Monday 26 September, the switchover was delayed to ensure that developers were satisfied it was “completely ready”.

“CACI is honoured that NRS chose us to help them build their new integrated, secure website,” said Greg Bradford, chief executive of CACI.

“By putting the user at the centre of the design, NRS and CACI have been able to create an easy-to-use site that delivers fast and accurate search results.

“We hope the users agree that the new site delivers a richer and more seamless customer experience.”

Tim Ellis, chief executive of NRS, added that the organisation was looking forward to helping more researchers discover their family history.

“At NRS, we’re excited about the new site and look forward to helping both budding and expert genealogists to find out even more about their heritage,” he said.

“In addition, we’re keen to develop ScotlandsPeople further and will continue to engage with users and listen to their feedback over the coming weeks and months.”

Mr Ellis also said the launch of the new platform was the “start of a new chapter” for ScotlandsPeople, revealing that all future customer relations would be undertaken in-house by NRS for the first time.

Explore the new ScotlandsPeople website here

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