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  Scottish Genealogy

The links below might help you find support for your enquiries.

General Register Office for Scotland
This is the principle records office for the country and oversees all information about Scotland's people. They have online access to records about Scotland's people.

For researchers who wish to access physical sources they provide access via New Register House and Ladywell House (listed and described on their site).

See also the :
National Archives of Scotland
Scotland's People
National Archives (was Public Records Office)

Other record offices:
  • General Purpose
  • Aberdeenshire
  • Angus
  • Argyll
  • Ayrshire
  • Banffshire
  • Berwickshire
  • Bute
  • Caithness
  • Clackmannanshire
  • Dumfries
  • Dunbartonshire
  • East Lothian
  • Fife
  • Inverness-shire
  • Kincardine
  • Kinross
  • Kirkcudbright
  • Lanarkshire
  • Midlothian
  • Moray
  • Nairn
  • Orkney
  • Peebles
  • Perthshire
  • Renfrewshire
  • Ross and Cromarty
  • Roxburghshire
  • Selkirkshire
  • Shetland
  • Stirling
  • Sutherland
  • West Lothian
  • Wigtown

  • General Purpose

    The Federation of Family History Societies have useful information on how to use resources, including an online brochure.

    The Historical Manuscripts Commission have useful information on Family History and how to use Archival Sources

    The Scottish Archive Network have links to archives around Scotland as well as searchable indexes of orginal records, and useful resources on Scottish history.

    Further information about Archives in Scotland can be had from ARCHON.

    FAMILIA has an index of libraries with genealogical materials in Scotland.

    SLAINTE has a list of libraries in Scotland.

    The Scottish Office provide a useful MAP to help understanding of local government boundry changes and their effects on the location of records in Scotland.

    GENUKI has a County Map of Scotland that can be used to locate the traditional county or area in which you are interested.

    Familia list a huge number of family history resources in Britain and Ireland, maps, guides, and much more - not to be missed !


    Aberdeen

    Aberdeen City Archives


    Angus

    Angus Archives

    Dundee City Archive & Record Centre


    Argyll

    Argyll and Bute Archives

    Clan Donald Centre, Armadale


    Ayrshire

    Ayrshire Archives


    Banffshire

    Aberdeen City Archives


    Berwickshire

    Scottish Borders Archive and Local History Centre


    Bute

    Argyll and Bute Archives


    Caithness

    The North Highland Archive


    Clackmannanshire

    Clackmannanshire Archives


    Dumfries

    Dumfries and Galloway Family History Centre


    Dunbartonshire

    Glasgow City Archives


    East Lothian

    East Lothian Council Library Service - Local History Centre


    Fife

    Kircaldy Central Library

    Dunfermline Central Library

    St. Andrews University Library


    Inverness-shire

    The Highland Council Archive

    Whyte Photographic Archive

    Clan Donald Centre, Armadale


    Kincardine

    Aberdeen City Archives


    Kinross

    A.K. Bell Library - Perth & Kinross Archives


    Kirkcudbright

    Dumfries and Galloway Council Information Service - Archive Centre


    Lanarkshire

    Glasgow City Archives

    Lenziemill Archives


    Midlothian

    Edinburgh City Archives

    Midlothian Council Library Service Local Studies Centre


    Moray

    Moray Local Heritage Services


    Nairn

    The Highland Council Archive


    Orkney

    Orkney Library and Archives


    Peebles

    Scottish Borders Archive and Local History Centre - Online

    Scottish Borders Archive and Local History Centre - Visitor Address


    Perthshire

    Perth and Kinross Archives


    Renfrewshire

    Glasgow City Archives


    Ross and Cromarty

    The Highland Council Archive

    Clan Donald Centre, Armadale - Library and Study Centre


    Roxburghshire

    Scottish Borders Archive and Local History Centre - Online

    Scottish Borders Archive and Local History Centre - Visitor Address


    Selkirkshire

    Scottish Borders Archive and Local History Centre - Online

    Scottish Borders Archive and Local History Centre - Visitor Address


    Shetland

    Shetland Archives


    Stirling

    Family and Local History from the Stirling Council

    Falkirk Museums History Research Centre - Heritage


    Sutherland

    The Highland Council Archive


    West Lothian

    West Lothian Local History Library


    Wigtown

    Dumfries & Galloway Council Information Service - Archive Centre