Do you have ancestors from Glasgow? Explore these smallpox vaccination registers to find out when they received their inoculation to help fight the smallpox disease.
Each record includes a transcript and original of the register entry. The amount of information varies in each register, you may be able to find a combination of the following:
Name of parent or guardian
Date of inoculation
Results of inoculation
For centuries, smallpox killed millions of people around the world.
Smallpox was caused by the variola virus, there are two types of the virus. The more deadly form of the disease is the variola major which killed about 30% of people who were infected. The variola minor is the less deadly form of the disease and this killed about 1% of those who got infected. The smallpox vaccine, introduced by Edward Jenner in 1796, was the first successful vaccine to be developed.
The Glasgow Smallpox Vaccination Registers 1801-1854 include ten volumes of registers recording the inoculation program that was carried out in Glasgow 1801-1854.
If you are unable to find your relative on your first search you can try different name variations. A number of the entries only use abbreviations for first names. For example, if your search is unsuccessful for William Smith, try W Smith or Wm Smith.
Entries also use titles as opposed to first names. For example, if your search is unsuccessful for William Smith, try Mr Smith. Alternatively, if your search is unsuccessful for Mary Smith and she was married to John Smith, try Mrs John Smith or alternatively Mrs Smith.
There are entries for children that have been recorded under their parent or guardians name as opposed to the child’s name, they however still have the age of the child recorded against the entry.