Re: Greig, John Reid
The LDS FS Site only comes up reliably to about 1880 for for Scottish BMDs; and then only for those that have "record for the locality" or very similar in the Details/Message: section.
If it is a "Submission:", or such-like, with all due respect, it needs cross-checking to find a "locality" record on the LDS FS site; or on SP and/or FMP to ensure the accuracy.
Also the Results Section on LDS FS titled "Census - 1881 British Census" is for England & Wales only, so omitting Scotland & (All-) Ireland.
Additionally, if you find a clear error on SP or FMP, you can submit the evidence and it will be corrected. Note that evidence should be based on official sources, not informal sources.
However, to establish your family tree and history accurately, you have to establish as much as possible in South Africa.
For example, is there any tradition about the "Dyer" in the family, especially noting the Paisley Births and the traditional Paisley Shawl.
Do you recognise any naming traditions, for example I know that if I encounter anyone name "Evan (Baillie Fraser) Tant, it is almost about 100% cerain that he has Scottish Ancestry; and is probably related to me.
Scotland's People is surprisingly CHEAP for all BMD records before about 1906, costing only about UK£1.50 to see and download a scanned copy of the original document, some of them dating back to the 1550s; and receiving them immediately.
Those originals, particularly the SR Series from 1855, have a lot of extra information compared to the Index Databases, hence the extra information that I included on the previous posting.
Unfortunately for post-1906 BMD events on SP; and ALL BMD events on FMP, the cost is around UK£10 and a wait of two or more weeks for delivery.
So in relative terms for the era you are researching, it is relatively cheap and progress is very fast - see what I achieved with that family in about 15 minutes.
No great expertise is needed, apart from the use of the 1861 Census for the starter.
The earlier pre-1855 BMD records are mainly for the presbyterian churches in Scotland, where-as the Censuses are non-secular, so errors and excetions aside, cover everyone in the country on the appropriate night.
This was because of the expected Birth of JRG being before 1855 and also because of the uncertainty of his exact Birth Date relative to the 1851 Census.
After that it was easy.
Hence my suggesting that you first "follow up my keystrokes", whether you think it is your JRG or not.
It is a useful training exercise; and will cost you less than UK£6 (Six Pounds, about SAR66 if I have got it correct!).
Only for those after 1906 for Scottish BMDs (and ALL BMDs on FMP) is it costly and "slow".
I know extremely well the cost of such research, having started back about 1988, when I had the cost of travelling to Edinburgh, reservation fees etc to pay.
No computerisation then. Search through huge, heavy, musty Indexes, take quick notes, book an attendant to escort me up to the galleries in the Dome via narrow, twisting, cast-iron stairs.
NO PENS, Soft Pencils only, no cameras.
Don't touch the actual registers ( evenn when it was the only "physical" contact with my grandfather who died almost 20 years before my birth.
Today, even if you travel to Edinburgh, your access will be limited to a computer terminal, so virtually identical to what you can do from home, whether in Edinburgh, South Africa or Antarctica.
About the only advantage may be the two-hour "taster" sessions; but if you follow up my trail, you'll be in the same situation.
However, If you ever visit Edinburgh, do go to NEW Register House to the ground floor of the Dome.
Looking up, you'll see the spines of all the original records; and there is usually an appropriate exhibition.
Follow the CAFE signs from Register House to the cafe at the back of NEW Register House.
Youll find RH fronted by "The Iron Duke, on his Bronze Horse, on the Granite Plinth, all by Steell".