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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. A brief out line appears below. For Full Details please click here.

2016 2016 2016
  Pre-1841 Population lists: Bruce Bishop has expanded and updated his previous talks on this subject and will show where to find them and what they contain.  
12 November WWI: Ken Nisbet, our resident expert on all things military, will take this class. Ken will show what resources are available both online and offline to begin and to further your research. However, this talk will be more focused on army records than previously. Places Available
3 December Health and history: Using medical records in genealogical research. Health records can be another source of information to help further your family’s history but they are not found on the usual websites, etc. Louise Williams, Archivist will show what these records contain and where to find them. Places Available
2017 2017 2017
14 January 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. Places Available
11 February Old Parish Registers: Bruce 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. Places Available
March (tbc) Catholic Church Records: Andrew Nicol, late of ScotlandsPlaces and an expert on Catholic Archives will show where these records can be accessed and what they contain. Places Available
 1 April 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.  Places Available
 6 May 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. Places Available 
20 May Kirk Session Records: These records are an invaluable part of researching family history. Places Available



Opening Times

- 10.30 - 17.30
- 10.30 - 17.30
- 10.30 - 19.30
- 10.30 - 17.30
- Closed
- 10.00 - 17.00
- Closed

Scottish Genealogy Society

15 Victoria Terrace
0131 220 3677

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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
  • Internet access including a world subscription to ''
  • 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
  • Inhouse access to: Ancestry(World access); Find My Past; Scotlands Places; and the British Library Newspaper Archive.