Links to other sites

General Scottish Genealogy


Online indexes & records of births, marriages, deaths, census, testaments (wills, inventories) and some valuation rolls

National Records of Scotland

Public records, such as testaments, tax records, sasines and deeds, and also many donated collections of private records. (Unlike the National Archives in London, the National Records of Scotland hold more than just official records.)

Also: the government department responsible for registering births, marriages, deaths, divorces & adoptions in Scotland, and for carrying out Scottish censuses.

Also: information about how to access records of births, marriages, deaths, censuses & testaments by visiting Edinburgh">National Register of Archives for Scotland
Scottish GENUKI pages
Poorhouses in Scotland (NOT called workhouses)
19th century plans of Scottish towns
Scotland Census Records

Links to free Scottish census records

Visit Scotland: Research your Scottish ancestry

Scottish Genealogical Tourism


Scottish Family History Societies

Web site
FacebookArea coveredAddress
Scottish Genealogy SocietyAll Scotland15 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL
Aberdeen & North-East Scotland FHSAberdeenshire, Banffshire, Kincardineshire, Morayshire164 King Street, Aberdeen AB24 5BD
Alloway & Southern Ayrshire FHS - closed 31.3.2015Ballantrae, Colmonell, Dalmellington, Dalrymple, Girvan, Kirkmichael, Kirkoswald, Maybole, etc.
Anglo-Scottish FHSFor Scots emigrants to England; an offshoot of Manchester and Lancashire FHS, based in Manchester
East Ayrshire FHSParishes of Auchinleck, Craigie, Dalmellington, Dalrymple, Dunlop, Fenwick, Galston, Kilmarnock, Kilmaurs, Loudoun, Mauchline, Muirkirk, New Cumnock, Ochiltree, Old Cumnock, Riccarton, Sorn, Stair, Stewarton
Borders FHSBerwickshire, Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire, Selkirkshire
Central Scotland FHSClackmannanshire, Stirlingshire, west Perthshire
Dumfries & Galloway FHSDumfriesshire, Stewartry of Kirkcudbright, Wigtownshire9 Glasgow Street, Dumfries DG2 9AF
Fife FHSFife
Glasgow & West of Scotland FHSCity of Glasgow, Ayrshire, Buteshire, Dunbartonshire, northern Lanarkshire, RenfrewshireUnit 13, 22 Mansfield Street, Glasgow G11 5QP
Highland FHSCaithness, Inverness-shire, Nairnshire, Ross & Cromarty, Sutherland
Lanarkshire FHS

Formerly Hamilton & District FHS

south & central Lanarkshire
North Ayrshire FHSnorth Ayrshire
The Lothians FHS

Formerly Midlothian FHS

East Lothian, Midlothian, West LothianLasswade High School Centre, Eskdale Drive, Bonnyrigg, Midlothian EH19 2LA
Renfrewshire FHSRenfrewshire
Troon @ Ayrshire FHSWest Ayrshire


Scottish Local History Societies

SocietyArea coveredAddress
Abertay Historical SocietyIn Dundee
Leith Local History SocietyLeith in Midlothian
Montrose Natural History & Antiquarian SocietyMontrose in Angus


Scottish Libraries & archives

Librarians and archivists seem to have a problem with the idea that a fixed web address would make life easier!

AberdeenAberdeen University Library
Aberdeen City & Aberdeenshire Archives
AyrshireSouth Ayrshire Libraries - Local & family history library
Dumfries & GallowayDumfries & Galloway Council Archives

(for Dumfriesshire, Wigtownshire & Stewartry of Kirkcudbright)

Dundee & AngusDundee City Archives
Local History Centre, Dundee Central Library
Dundee University Archives
Angus Archives at Restenneth, by Forfar
Edinburgh & LothiansNational Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

On-line catalogues of the NLS

Old maps in the NLS

National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh
Edinburgh University Library
Edinburgh University Archives
Heriot-Watt University Archives
Scottish Poetry Library
Public Libraries in the City of Edinburgh
Midlothian Archives at Dalkeith Library - covers Midlothian excluding Edinburgh
Midlothian Local Studies Library at Dalkeith Library
Public Libraries in East Lothian
John Gray Centre at Haddington, East Lothian
Public Libraries in West Lothian
West Lothian Libraries - Local History Library
Lothian Health Services Archive

Institutional records of hospitals in and near Edinburgh; records of medical societies,
charities and campaigns; clinical case notes; personal papers of physicians,
surgeons, etc. Dates: 1727 to present.

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
FifeFife Local Studies
Fife Archives
St Andrews University Library
GlasgowGlasgow University Library

Glasgow University - Archives & Special Collections

Strathclyde University Archives & Special Collections
Strathclyde University Library
Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow
Perth & KinrossPerth & Kinross archives, local & family history
ShetlandShetland Museum & Archives
OtherScottish Archive Network


Other Libraries & archives

EuropeNational Archives of Ireland
National Library of Ireland
National Library of Wales
Links to German Archives
National Archives of England & Wales
Office for National Statistics, Southport, England
AustraliaNational Archives of Australia
National Library of Australia
State Library of New South Wales, Australia

Family History Service at the State Library of New South Wales

State Library of South Australia
Tasmanian Archives, Australia
Tasmania Libraries, Australia
State Library of Victoria, Australia

Family history resources at the State Library of Victoria

Public Record Office of Victoria, Australia

Includes Family & Local History

CanadaLibrary and Archives Canada

Genealogy and Family History in Library and Archives Canada

Archives of British Columbia, Canada
New ZealandArchives New Zealand
National Library of New Zealand



National Museums of Scotland

Umbrella site for Scotland's seven national museums

Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow
Biggar Museum Trust - Biggar & Upper Clydesdale Museum
Museums in Aberdeenshire
University of Dundee Museums
Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Museum in Stirling
Black Watch Museum in Perth
Gordon Highlanders Museum in Aberdeen
East Lothian Museums
Museums & Galleries in Fife
Shetland Museum & Archives
National Mining Museum at Newtongrange, Midlothian



Abetay (in Dundee)
Heriot-Watt (in Edinburgh)
St Andrews
Strathclyde (in Glasgow)


Local government councils
Some have archives/library information

City of Aberdeen
Argyll & Bute
Dumfries & Galloway
City of Dundee
East Ayrshire
East Lothian
East Renfrewshire
City of Edinburgh
City of Glasgow

(Caithness, Sutherland, Ross & Cromarty,
Inverness-shire, Nairnshire)

North Lanarkshire
Orkney Islands
Perth & Kinross
Shetland Islands
South Ayrshire
South Lanarkshire
West Dunbartonshire
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

(Western Isles / Outer Hebrides)

West Lothian


Tourist board ("Visit Scotland")

Visit Scotland
Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire - includes Kincardineshire
Ayrshire & Arran
Dumfries & Galloway
Dundee & Angus
Edinburgh & Lothians
Glasgow & Strathclyde
The Highlands
The Highlands
Orkney and Orkney
Scottish Borders
Western Isles (Outer Hebrides)


General Scottish Information

Gazetteer for Scotland

A project under development by Edinburgh University's School of Geosciences

Alan Godfrey Maps

Old large-scale Ordnance Survey maps of Scotland

Ordnance Survey
TSO Scotland

(formerly, The Stationery Office) - Official publications: information & bookshop

The Scottish Government
The Scottish Parliament
Registers of Scotland Executive Agency

Scotland's Land Registry

The National Trust for Scotland

Properties in the care of the National Trust for Scotland

Scottish Natural Heritage
Historic Environment Scotland

Information about prehistoric and historic sites in the care of Historic Environment Scotland, including abbeys, castles, churches, houses and industrial sites

A merger of the former Historic Scotland with the Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historic Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS)

SCRAN: Scottish Cultural Resource Access Network

Scotland's history & culture - part of Historic Environment Scotland

Historic Places to Go in Scotland

(Part of electric scotland)

George Washington Wilson Photographic Archive, Aberdeen
Creative Scotland - The Arts in Scotland
Scotland Travel Guide
The Cockburn Association

The Edinburgh Civic Trust

Edinburgh International Festival
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Edinburgh International Film Festival
Edinburgh International Book Festival
The Scottish Wildlife Trust
The John Muir Trust
The National - newspaper


Other Genealogy


The main GENUKI site for genealogy-related information for the whole of the British Isles.

British Commonwealth War Graves Commission
British Newspaper Archive at Genes Reunited
Cyndi Howells's index

An index of thousands of links to genealogy sites on the internet

United Kingdom Census Finder

Family History Federation
Guild of One-Name Studies
LDS Family Search (GB and Ireland) - including the International Genealogical Index (IGI)



The National
The New European
The Guardian


This page updated & all links checked 29 Aug 2022