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Library & Family History Centre

Library holdings
Over the years the Society has built up a diverse, fascinating and  unique collection of books and manuscripts including local histories, military,  trades and profession lists, directories, Scots outwith Scotland, peerage and heraldry, school and university rolls and individual family histories  [See Family History Index]
The Library also has: -
  • Monumental Inscriptions, burial, death and mortcloth records - the largest collection in Scotland
  • Old Parish Registers [ OPRs] with the orginal in microfilm for every parish in Scotland with OPR and IGI indexes
  • Over 4000 books and CDs on family history and related subjects
  • Censuses - a large collection of originals in microfilm, and indexes and transcriptions in print
  • Journals from all major Scottish family history societies and some  from abroad
  • Internet access including a world subscription to


Visits to the Library and Speakers to other groups

Your Ain Folk

The Scottish Genealogy Society will run research events for local history groups, church groups or other similar groups who would like to find out more about their ancestors and how to trace them. These events may be run during the day or in the evening and will be tailored to the group's requirements. Groups of up to 12 people can be easily accommodated. There will be a modest charge of £2 per head for those who are not members of the Society.

If you would like to arrange a visit with the guidance of volunteers please contact


The Society is also able to furnish speakers on the subject of Scottish Family History to groups in and around Edinburgh.

If you would like to arrange for a speaker to address your group, please contact the Editor - or send a letter to the Editor, Scottish Genealogy Society, 15 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2 JL to make arrangements.

Opening Hours

- 10.30 - 17.30
- 10.30 - 17.30
- 10.30 - 19.30 (evening)
- 10.30 - 17.30
- Closed
- 10.00 - 17.00
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Scottish Genealogy Society

15 Victoria Terrace
0131 220 3677

How to find us.