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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.

2018 2018 2018
8 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  
 6 October 2 - 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. BOOK  
 13 October 3 - Old Scottish Handwriting: Just 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  
 10 November 4 - 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  
17 November  5 - 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  
1 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
2019 2019 2019
12 January 7 - 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  
26 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  
 9 February 9 - Beyond the 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.BOOK


 2 March 10 - 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. BOOK  
 6 April 11 - 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 FULL
 4 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
18 May 13 - Kirk Session Records: These records are an invaluable part of researching family history.Held at the National Records of Scotland on Princes Street, Edinburgh, they very often contain information not found on 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. BOOK FULL



Opening Times

- 10.30 - 17.00
- 10.30 - 17.00
- 10.30 - 19.30
- 10.30 - 17.00
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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.