The most recent presentation “Charting the Flight Paths of Women in the RAF” from Clare Wilsonr was extremely interesting and well worth watching. Click below to jump to list of videos

Latest Events

A Different Class of Lunatic – Catriona Haine

Monday 20th May 2024, 7:30 pm
Zoom Presentation

In this webinar, professional genealogist Catriona Haine will share her research into the pauper patients who were removed from the Glasgow Royal Asylum (Gartnavel) in the late 19th century. Her research included both asylum and poor law history in Scotland and what happened to the pauper patients at Gartnavel, along with case studies on individual patients and how different things turned out for them.

Hoots Man! There’s a Moose loose aboot the hoose! How to Carry out a house history in Scotland – Lorna Kinnaird

Monday 17th June 2024, 7:30 pm
Zoom Presentation

In this talk, professional genealogist Lorna Kinnaird will share with us techniques for researching the history of your house.

Using FamilySearch for Scottish Genealogy Research – Alison Spring

Monday 15th July 2024, 7:30 pm
Zoom Presentation

In this webinar, professional genealogist Alison Spring will help us learn about the free resources available on FamilySearch for researching our Scottish Ancestors. This talk is quite timely given that the Society now has official Affiliate Library status with FamilySearch.

New to Scottish Genealogy?

Starting Out

Find out where to begin, what to look for and how to record it all

Starting out >

Finding the Records

Explore Scotland’s fantastic public records, online and at your local library or family history centre, discover lesser known sources like ScotlandsPlaces and Farm Horse Tax Rolls, and choose the best software for you

Finding the records >

Taking it Further

Give your family history a sense of place with old maps and photos, find distant cousins using DNA and take the road less travelled through unindexed archives and family papers at the National Records of Scotland

Taking it further >

Member Resources

Research Centre

The Centre is home to books, maps, CDs, fiches, and publications from other societies. It offers free access to family history websites, and expert volunteers are on hand to help using the equipment and the resources

Data Sets

The Society is gradually digitising its unique data sets and will publish them on this website when they are ready. Members will be able to search these records which include MIs, parish registers, private family trees

Data Sets >


The Library holds approximately 4,000 publications relevant to Scottish genealogy searchable through the index, and also a unique collection of unpublished or privately published family histories and charts

Library >

Searching for Records

The Society has a sophisticated search engine uniquely tailored for family history research.

Records from the West of Scotland are tagged by traditional county and parish or city; in the rest of Scotland by county, and in the rest of the world according to Scottish relevance.

Surname searches can include an option for associated surnames and records can also be searched by date range or by exact date.

Click on a county name on the map….

Our History

Emma Maxwell, genealogist at Scottish Indexes, interviews Sheila Duffy from the Glasgow and West of Scotland Family History Society. During the interview, Sheila tells the story of seeing the Glasgow Poor Law Applications for the first time. This interview was from the 8th Scottish Indexes Conference in January 2021.

Courtesy of Scottish Indexes.

Alistair Smith

For twenty-five years we enjoyed the dedication of our late webmaster who single handedly created and maintained the website we loved and depended on for all that time.

We hope the new website lives up to his standards and your expectations. If you find anything that doesn’t, please contact us


The Society runs a closed Group on Facebook for people to post their queries to more than 5,000 fellow researchers

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