Place:Dalziel, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Coordinates55.7875°N 3.9854°W
Located inLanarkshire, Scotland     (1648 - 1975)
See alsoStrathclyde, Scotlandregional authority 1975-1996
North Lanarkshire, Scotlandunitary authority or Council Area since 1996
Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Scotlandlarge town formerly within Dalziel
source: Family History Library Catalog


Dalziel (in all likelihood pronounced "die-yell") is a small parish (area: 5.7 sq. miles (15km2)) in the former county of Lanarkshire, now part of the North Lanarkshire Council Area. The neighbouring parish to the west was Hamilton. Dalziel includes the town of Motherwell with a population of about 30,000 in 2001 (last census available) and the smaller settlements of Shieldmuir and Craigneuk. The parish was an area of heavy industry with iron and steel foundries, including the extremely large Ravenscraig Steel Mills (1957-1992).

The boundaries of this parish were modified among significant changes recommended by the Boundary Commissioners after the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1889.

The above notes were based on an article in Scottish Places.

There is no article for Dalziel in Wikipedia, however the article on Motherwell is quite extensive.


Research Tips

Sources for Old Parish Registers Records, Vital Records and Censuses

  • Scotland's People This is a pay website providing vital statistics and census data for all of Scotland with original images. There is a description at Scotland under Genealogical Resources.

Notes for Lanarkshire

  • GENUKI has a list of references for Lanarkshire. Some of these may be superseded by more modern material.
  • FreeCen index includes the whole of Lanarkshire for 1841 and a substantial section for 1851. The Genealogical Society of Utah sponsored the collection of 1881 census records and these will be found at FamilySearch. A search of all the censuses for Scotland may be done for a fee at Scotland's People
  • The Dalziel Parish Registers for the Church of Scotland provide information on baptisms (1648-1854), marriages (1654-1854) and burials (1697-1749). See the FamilySearch Wiki article on Dalziel for other church denominations.

Further Sources of Reference

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  • Scottish Places article on the parish of Dalziel. The tabs of the right provide more information, and comparative maps.
  • Scottish Places article on the town of Motherwell. The Motherwell Heritage Centre highlights the history of the area, its development from the Roman era through to the 19th and 20th centuries, looking at the natural, social and economic history. There are galleries within the centre which exhibit touring and in-house exhibitions, while a local history room has archival and research facilities
  • The FamilySearch Wiki article on Dalziel provides direct reference to FamilySearch holdings on many topics with respect to the parish.
  • The National Library of Scotland have a website devoted to maps from the 1600s right up to the present. Comparisons of modern-day and old maps of the same place can be made. From the home page click on "Find by place" and then follow the instructions on the next page. Once you are viewing the place you want, use the slider <----> at the top of the map to compare the layout of roads and the place names of smaller areas, perhaps even farms, with the landscape today. The website takes some getting used to. The One-inch 2nd edition, Scotland, 1898-1904 OS is a series of maps with the parishes delineated. Each of these maps cover an area of 18 x 24 miles and will zoom to comfortable reading size with a couple of mouse clicks on the map itself. Unfortunately, they are not geo-referenced, and it is necessary to go to the OS One Inch 1885-1900 series to locate places by latitude and longitude.
  • The Statistical Accounts for Scotland In the 1790s and again in the 1830s, the ministers of the all the parishes of the Church of Scotland were asked to provide a description of their parish to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. The original account request included 160 questions to be answered. These accounts are available in print in 20 volumes and are also online where it is freely available to browse. The browsing portal is below the viewing area of most computer screens. Scroll down to "For non-subscribers" and click on "Browse scanned pages". This brings you to another page on which one can enter the name of the parish in which you are interested.
  • Excerpts from The Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Survey of Scottish Topography, Statistical, Biographical and Historical, edited by Francis H. Groome and originally published in parts by Thomas C. Jack, Grange Publishing Works, Edinburgh between 1882 and 1885 are provided by Scottish Places. Selections from Groome and other gazetteers from the 19th century are also found on GENUKI.