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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.


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.

2014  2014  2014
8 November WWI: In the year of the centenary of the start of 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. This will include the Army, Royal Navy, Royal Flying Corps/Royal Naval Air Service and Nurses. Nearly full
6 December Kirk Session Records: These records are an invaluable part of researching family history. Held at the National Records of Scotland on Princes Street, they very often contain information not found in the usual birth, marriage & death records. Bruce Bishop, who has many years’ experience and a vast knowledge of family history, will show what they contain and how they can help with your research. Very popular. Reserve list only available.
 2015   2015   2015
10 January Beginner's: This module is just what it says – for beginners. Ken Nisbet, who has many years of experience in researching family history, will take this class. Spaces available
24 January Old Parish Registers: Bruce Bishop will talk about what they contain and how these records can assist your research. This class is about sourcing the rare and unusual records that most people don’t know about – not just the usual OPRs on Scotlandspeople etc. Spaces available
7 February Military records: These are another invaluable source of information. Ken Nisbet will give a talk about military records – where to find them, how to interpret them, etc. Spaces available
7 March Old Scottish Handwriting: Just when you think it’s great because you have researched your family back into the 17th and 18th centuries, you suddenly find the writing on the OPRs changes and you can’t read it! Peter Wadley and Jean Crawford of the National Records of Scotland will repeat the workshop they did last year on old Scottish handwriting and how to decipher it. Spaces available
4 April Beginner's: This module is just what it says – for beginners. Ken Nisbet, who has many years of experience in researching family history, will take this class. Spaces available
2 May Using Technology in Family History: Marie Dougan, a professional genealogist and technology expert will take a workshop on the use of technology – family history software, using digital photography, scanners, etc. Spaces available
6 June Pre-1841 Censuses: Bruce Bishop will talk about where to find these rare records, what they contain and how they can assist your research. Spaces 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