Mitchell Library Glasgow
The ScotlandsPeople Centre

Archives for Scottish Genealogy Research

Glasgow City Archives & The Mitchell Library

The Mitchell Library is home to Glasgow City Archives whose holdings include poor law, school, police, church, family, council, business and shipbuilding archives covering Glasgow and the West of Scotland.  The main library has a large collection of historical Glasgow newspapers, voters rolls and directories and houses both a Registrars Genealogy Centre and a Family History Centre.  No wonder The Mitchell describes itself as a one-stop shop for the family historian!

Website:  The Mitchell Library

Below is a list of the main Scottish archives, libraries and record repositories, many of which My Ain Folk regularly visit.  Research trips can be made to other archives in Central and Southern Scotland and North-East England on request.

National Library of Scotland
Edinburgh Central Library
Edinburgh University Library

Edinburgh Central Library

Edinburgh Central Library has a floor dedicated to its Edinburgh and Scottish Collections.  These include hundreds of books on Scottish history, genealogy and culture; microfilm copies of historical Edinburgh newspapers; a photographic collection which includes images taken by the first photographic club in the world and Edinburgh’s electoral rolls from 1832 onwards.

Website:  Edinburgh Central Library

My Ain Folk: Professional Scottish Family History Research

Professional Scottish Family History Research

National Library of Scotland

The National Library of Scotland (NLS) is Scotland’s legal deposit library and one of the major research libraries in Europe.  In addition to millions of rare and out-of-print books, the library holds copies of historical newspapers from many parts of Scotland and houses a manuscript collection which includes family and estate papers, trade and craft records and collections relating to sporting, cultural and recreational organisations.  NLS’s map library holds around 2 million items, some dating back 700 years.

Website: www.nls.uk

ScotlandsPeople Centre

The ScotlandsPeople Centre in Edinburgh provides access to digital images of Scottish statutory birth, marriage & death records 1855-present, census returns 1841-1911, old parish registers 1553-1854, wills & testaments 1513-1901, Coats of Arms 1627-1911 as well as a collection of minor and miscellaneous records.  These records are the basic building blocks from which family trees are constructed.

Website:  www.scotlandspeoplehub.gov.uk

National Records of Scotland
Scottish Genealogy Society Library
Registers of Scotland

Scottish Genealogy Society Library

The Scottish Genealogy Society Library & Family History Centre holds a unique and diverse collection of books, journals and manuscripts relating to Scottish family history and the Scots worldwide.  Particularly useful are indexes and publications produced by family history societies throughout Scotland and the society’s collection of monumental (gravestone) inscriptions (the largest in Scotland), a number of which are unpublished and not available elsewhere.

Website: www.scotsgenealogy.com/Library.aspx

Edinburgh City Archives

National Records of Scotland

The National Records of Scotland (NRS) holds historical records created by national and local government, churches, landed estates, families, businesses and other corporate bodies.  Of particular interest to family historians are church records (both Kirk Session records of the Established  Church and records and registers of various other churches), wills & testaments 1513-2001, court & criminal records, valuation rolls and tax records, records of property transactions (sasines) and family and estate papers.

Website: www.nrscotland.gov.uk

Registers of Scotland

Registers of Scotland is responsible for compiling and maintaining registers relating to property in Scotland.  Property records are major sources for house and local history and, as property was frequently passed from one generation to the next, also an important genealogical source.  Modern property registers can be used to locate living relatives.

Website: www.ros.gov.uk

Edinburgh City Archives

Housed in the City Chambers, Edinburgh City Archives is responsible for the records of the City of Edinburgh Council and its predecessors dating back to the 1400s. The archives also collect historical records relating to Edinburgh and the surrounding area and its collections include church, school, police, army and trade incorporation records amongst many others.

Website: www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/428/archives

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Edinburgh University &

Lothian Health Services Archives

Edinburgh University Library is home to the Centre for Research Collections which includes several separate archives.  Of particular interest to genealogists are the University Archives, with material dating back to the 1500s, and the Lothian Health Services Archive, which holds records of hospitals, patients, doctors and nurses in the Lothian Health Board area, including the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh which opened in 1729.

Websites: Centre for Research Collections

                  www.lhsa.lib.ed.ac.uk