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Family History Centre

The Society, based in Edinburgh and founded in 1953, helps with research into Scottish family and local history.
Run by volunteers, we can advise you at all stages in your research. Members and visitors will always get a friendly welcome at the Library & Family History Centre.
Course fees may be paid online in the Society's Online Shop.


These are all held on Saturdays from 10.00-12.00 in the Society Library. An outline appears below. For Full Details please click here.

2019 2019 2019
7 September  1 - Beginners: This module is just what it says - for beginners. Ken Nisbet, who has many years experience in researching family history will take this class. BOOK  Places Available
 5 October 2 - Old Scottish HandwritingJust when you think it’s great because you have traced  your family back into the 17th and 18th Centuries, you suddenly find the writing in the OPRs changes and you can’t read it! Kirsteen Mulhern from the Scottish Records Association will give a Beginners workshop on how to decipher it. BOOK  Places Available 
 9 November 3 - Researching Soldiers of the Great War: Ken Nisbet, our resident expert on all things military will take this class. Ken will give a more focused class on army records than in previous workshops. BOOK  Places Available  
 23 November 4 - Irish Records: an introductory class “Irish records? - They all went up in smoke . . . or did they?” This workshop will be given by Jill Williams, FIGRS, who has many years’ experience researching Irish family history. BOOK  Places Available 
30 November  5 - DNA: Have you had it done and still don’t understand? Michelle Leonard, professional genealogist and DNA detective, will take this workshop to help explain what it’s all about. BOOK  Places Available 
7 December  6 - Beginners Class in English Genealogy: Many of our members have some English ancestry which, with the records not as readily available as the Scottish system, can be difficult to navigate. Ken Nisbet will give a workshop on where to begin. BOOK
 Places Available 
2020 2020 2020
11 January 7 - Beginners in Scottish Family History: This module is just what it says - for beginners. Ken Nisbet, who has many years experience in researching family history will take this class. BOOK  Places Available 
25 January 8 - Researching Convict & Criminal Ancestors: Ken Nisbet will show where to find these records about ancestors who fell foul of the law and what information they contain. BOOK  Places Available 
 8 February 9 - Intermediate Irish Records: Over the past couple of years, Jill Williams has given her popular session on Beginning Irish Genealogy. This class will direct participants further on from their initial research. It will include a closer look at church records and land records including Griffiths Valuation and cancelled land valuation records.BOOK

 Places Available 

 7 March 10 - Health Records: An exercise in frustration? The truth about using health records for genealogy: This workshop tackles a few popular myths about using health records in genealogy, looking at some particular examples and letting you know about records that health archives hold, why some material is confidential, and avenues open to researchers. Louise Williams, Archivist, will take this class. BOOK  Places Available 
4 April 11 - Advanced class on Irish Records: Jill Williams has a new class which will take participants deeper in their quest. BOOK  Places Available
 2 May 12 - Napoleonic & Victorian Soldiers: Ken Nisbet will take this class on where to find the records for British soldiers of the 19th Century. BOOK Places available
16 May 13 - Beyond the Old Parish RegistersBruce Bishop will talk about what they contain and how these records can assist your research. This module is about sourcing the rare and unusual records which most people don’t know about – not just the usual OPRs on Scotlandspeople etc. BOOK  Places Available



Opening Times

- 10.30 - 17.00
- 10.30 - 17.00
- 10.30 - 19.30
- 10.30 - 17.00
- Closed
- 10.00 - 17.00
- Closed

Scottish Genealogy Society

15 Victoria Terrace
0131 220 3677

Scottish Charity No. SCO16718

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The Society Offers...

  • Advice and support from experienced volunteers
  • Monumental Inscriptions – the largest collection in Scotland
  • Old Parish Registers – the original in microfilm for every parish in Scotland with indexes to baptisms and marriages
  • Bookshop with publications from every Scottish family history society and other publishers
  • The Library, with over 4000 books and  CDs on Scottish family and local history
  • Family History Index - Collection of donated family histories, pedigrees and research notes
  • Census information
  • Scottish family history societies’ journals
  • Photocopying, microfiche and microfilm printing available
  • Internet and full acess to: Ancestry(World); Find My Past (World); and the British Newspaper Archive.