What sources were used to compile the database?
The 19th and 20th century parts of Gooderson Archive's Scottish Deaths Index database was compiled by one of the Archive's organisers who undertook a series of visits to New Register House in Edinburgh for the purpose of extracting the records required.  The 21st century part of the database has been compiled from electronically obtained data.
Which surnames are covered by the database?
The database contains an exact transcription of the complete entry for all instances of the Gooderson, Goodinson and Goodison surnames that are listed in the Scottish G.R.O. births index.  Some of the entries for variant surnames (such as Goodeson) have also been included, together with a number of similar sounding but non-variant surnames (such as Goodson).
Why was no use made of the "FreeBMD" website as source of information for the Gooderson Archive's Scottish death index database?  
FreeBMD does not cover Scotland.
Does the database carry any indication as to which of the deceased left Wills?
No.  Such information can only be obtained by carrying out a separate search of the Scottish probate records.
Can I add an entry for a person who has recently died in Scotland?
Not unless the G.R.O. has already added the relevant information to their records.  This is because the Gooderson Archive's database is intended to house entries for the surname Gooderson (and its variants) exactly as they appear in the official G.R.O. death index, as opposed to the actual situation.
Are there any plans to link entries in the Society's Scottish death index database to burial records?  
Not at the moment, but there is a possibility that this may change in future.
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