Since 1999 the National Archives of
Scotland (NAS), in conjunction with FamilySearch (formerly the Genealogical
Society of Utah), has been digitising Scottish historical records on a huge
scale, in order to preserve the original records and to make digital surrogates
more widely available.
Between 2000 and 2004 the Scottish Archive Network (SCAN) project, set up by
the NAS and the Genealogical Society of Utah, digitised all 520,000 surviving
wills and testaments registered in Scottish commissary courts and sheriff
courts from 1500 to 1901: in total more than 2 million images. These have been
linked to a single index compiled by SCAN using earlier incomplete indexes and
partly from scratch.