Welcome to the Ardrossan & Saltcoats BDM Intimation Database Hints Page


BIRTH: The forename of a child at birth was seldom recorded. To compensate for this - the name of the father has been recorded. When looking for a birth do NOT enter the child's forename. Enter surname, and in the event column enter B and in the final box enter the father's FORENAME or first initial only. For surnames with various spellings - eg. to find Wylie and Wyllie you would enter Wyl in the surname box to find all entries beginning with Wyl and in the final box enter the father's FORENAME or first initial only.


MARRIAGE & DEATHS: Enter surname and forename or first initial only to find all entries for that person. Then enter M or D. When searching for a married woman try her maiden name first and married surname second. For surnames with various spellings - eg. to find Wylie and Wyllie you would enter Wyl in the surname box to find all entries beginning with Wyl and enter the forename or initial of a particular person.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS, MEMORIAMS, WEDDINGS: Enter surname and forename or first initial only to find all entries for that person. Then enter ACK or MM or SW or GW. When searching for a married woman try her maiden name first and married surname second. For surnames with various spellings - eg. to find Wylie and Wyllie you would enter Wyl in the surname box to find all entries beginning with Wyl and enter the forename or initial of a particular person.

B = Birth
D = Death
M = Marriage
ACK = Acknowledgement
MM = Memoriam
SW = Silver Wedding
GW = Golden Wedding
DW = Diamond Wedding