We are delighted to report that Find My Past have extracted the data from the Pre-1855 Fife Death Index and made its contents available through their website. The database can be searched without a Find My Past membership but the detailed entries are only available to their subscribers.

The CD version of the Death Index was available via our shop but is now sold out. We hope to make the index available for purchase as a digital download soon.

About the Fife Death Index

This index to deaths recorded in Fife’s old parish records includes deaths and burials from St Andrews and Edinburgh Testaments (from 1549 to 1823), sheriff court wills (1824-1854), Fife newspapers (1822-1854), kirk session account books for mortcloths not included in the old parish records, lair registers held at the National Archives (Kirk Session Records), and other sources.

Fife Family History Society provided the index, which spans the years from 1549 to 1877. Each result will provide a transcript. You may learn all or some of the following details:

  • First name(s)
  • Last name
  • Title
  • Age
  • Birth year
  • Occupation
  • Death year
  • Death date
  • Cause of death
  • Burial year
  • Burial date
  • Relation and relationship
  • Place
  • County
  • Country
  • Record source
  • Source reference

With over a quarter of a million entries, the Fife Family History Society pre 1855 Death Index is one of the most comprehensive databases ever compiled.