Our Scotland genealogists research on location. They will find and analyze the best records available to further your family history research.
Over the centuries, Scotland has become established as a nation of record-keepers. Fortunately, many of the records kept over the centuries have survived to the present day and offer excellent opportunities to successfully conduct Scottish genealogical research.
Our genealogists in Scotland have many years of experience and are available to research on location in archives and libraries across Scotland, including:
- Scotland's People Centre
Birth, marriage, and death records (including recent records not available online), censuses, wills and more
- National Archives of Scotland, Edinburgh (NAS)
Historical records created by businesses, landed estates, families, churches and other corporate bodies
- National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh (NLS)
Reference library specialising in Scotland with several world-class collections. Around 15 million printed items, plus Scottish newspapers, magazines, manuscripts, maps, music
- Edinburgh City Libraries
Local and family history collections focusing on Edinburgh and the Lothians
- Scottish Catholic Archives
Contains over 800 years of parish records and history on the church. Includes letters of Mary, Queen of Scots; baptismal records for individuals; and manuscripts and papers
We also have genealogists who are available to research in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, which contains numerous records for Scotland.
Our professional researchers can do research projects of many sizes and for many budgets. We customize the amount of research provided according to your needs.
If you would like to learn how our genealogists can further your research, request a research quote.
Some of the major records sources that can be used for genealogy research in Scotland include:
- Civil birth, marriage, and death registrations from 1 January 1855
- Births and baptisms, banns and marriages, burials—church records mainly for the pre-1855 period. Most are old parish registers (OPRs) created by the established church. The very earliest go back to 1553, but many begin much later. Coverage and the content of records are spotty.
- Divorces since c1560
- Scottish census records, mainly 1841-1911
- Kirk Session records—the established Church (the Kirk) was responsible for moral matters (illegitimacy, drunkenness, disputes etc), poor relief (until 1845) and other matters in each parish. People can appear in these records for a variety of reasons
- Directories—from the second half of the 18th century, they list tradesmen, individuals, some (but not all) people living in the relevant town or county
- Emigration and Immigration records from 1600s, including passenger lists since before 1890
- Land and property records—Scotland has particularly good records including valuation rolls (owners, tenants and occupiers of property) from 1855-1989
- Wills and testaments (documents relating to the estate of a dead person) since 1513
- Military records since 1707
- Newspapers—local and national
- Taxes—various taxes with records for all or part of Scotland since 1600s