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

Latest Events

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.

Boys Reformatory Schools – Morag Peers

Monday 19th August 2024, 7:30 pm
Zoom Presentation

In this talk, genealogist Morag Peers will share with us her research into the Kibble Reformatory School and the Wellington Farm Reformatory School.

From the Cottage to the Castle: the Coats Dynasty of Paisley – Stephen Clancy

Monday 16th September 2024, 7:30 pm
Zoom Presentation

In this talk, historian Stephen Clancy will tell us about his research into one of Paisley’s most prominent families, the Coats. James Coats built his first small mill in 1826. In 1830, after perfecting his thread, he retired. His sons, James and Peter, founded the firm of J & P Coats which became one of […]

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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