General Register Office for Scotland (GRO(S))

The General Register Office for Scotland – GRO(S) – is a Non-Ministerial Department, part of the Scottish Administration.

GRO(S) are responsible for information about Scotland’s people, principally:

  • Overseeing the registration of births, marriages, deaths and other vital events;
  • Providing key family history information to the public;
  • Running the Census;
  • Maintaining the NHS Central Register for use by the NHS and local authorities;
  • Using Census and other data to provide statistics about the present and likely future population and households.