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Latest Events

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Archives – Sehar Sardar

Monday 19th September 2022, 7:30 pm
Zoom Presentation

Sehar Sardar will be talking about using the records of CWGC Archives for research

Overcoming Brick Walls – Emma Maxwell

Monday 17th October 2022, 7:30 pm
Zoom Presentation

Emma runs the website Scottish Indexes with her husband, Graham. She will talk about how to use Indexes for more effective family history research.

Glasgow Museums’ Ship Model Collection – An Introduction with a Family History Connection – Emily Malcolm

Monday 21st November 2022, 7:30 pm
Zoom Presentation

Find out more about Glasgow Museums’ superb ship model collection and how genealogical resources have been used to research the making and use of models in Glasgow.

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4,000 publications relevant to Scottish genealogy searchable through the index, and also a unique collection of unpublished or privately published family histories and charts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

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 >

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 4,000 fellow researchers

Go to Facebook Group