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Latest Events

Huts in Scotland – our modest missing paradise

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

Click here to register for Zoom link (members only) Lesley Riddoch will talk about why locals in one of Europe’s prime tourist destinations have been elbowed off the land and exiled from nature for so long. Scotland and Norway have roughly the same population and are geographical North Sea neighbours. But every weekend half a […]

Love of the Sea

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

Click here to register for Zoom link (members only) Revealing the true love story on Titanic. Join our presenter this evening Mr. Sean Szmalc, Titanic Historian and collector, who is dressed in full White Star Line uniform and step on board the legendary liner as he reveals the true love story on board history’s most […]

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

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4,000 publications relevant to Scottish genealogy searchable through the index, and also a unique collection of unpublished or privately published family histories and charts

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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….

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 3,500 fellow genealogists

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