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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
  Irish Records: They all went up in smoke. Or did they? An introduction to Irish Family History by Jill Williams F.I.G.R.S.  
  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.  

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.  
  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 
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. FULL
11 June WW1 Naval Records:Ken Nisbet, a week after the anniversary of the Battle of Jutland, will give a workshop on WW1 Naval Records 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.