Essential maintenance
HES is currently undertaking essential maintenance on our web services. This will limit access to services in the following ways:
- Subscription access for HES online services will be unavailable (Scran, NCAP)
- Image purchasing options will be limited (Canmore, Britain from Above, Scran, NCAP)
- Any enhanced services which require a log in will be unavailable (My Canmore, Britain from Above contributions, Scran contribute)
General access to these services will all continue. Enquiries will still be able to be submitted.

We anticipate services to be restored from Monday 1st February 2021.

Why is transcription important?

Transcription is a very important part of the project!

It allows people who can't read old handwriting to interact with the records. Once a record has been transcribed, a computer can search through the text which helps us to search through the records. Researchers can use transcriptions to conduct research, looking at larger data sets that are processed in spreadsheets.

Essentially by taking part in the project you are opening up historical records to academics, family history researchers and anyone who is interested in Scotland.