You are here >Home

Ceud mìle fàilte!

(A hundred thousand welcomes!)


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.

 2015   2015   2015
12 December Old Parish Registers: Bruce Bishop will talk about what they contain and how these records can assist your research. Reserve list only
2016 2016 2016
9 January Beginners: Another class as above with Ken Nisbet. Places Available 
23 January Kirk Session Records: These records are an invaluable part of researching family history, they very often contain information not found in the usual birth, marriage & death records. A Few Places Available  
13 February Tax records: In the 18th Century windows, servants, horses, dogs and other items were taxed. Joy Dodd will give a talk on how to access those records and what they contain. Places Available 
19 March Old Scottish Handwriting: 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. Places Available 
16 April
Inheritance: Your family didn’t have to be extremely wealthy for someone to leave an inheritance. The subjects included will be: estates, land & sasine records, wills, commissary courts. Places Available 
7 May Beginners: Another class as above with Ken Nisbet. Places Available 
4 June 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. 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

Please ensure that you have set your
email to receive a response from us

The Editor of The Scottish Genealogist
may be contacted at:

How to Find Us


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