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Websites for Scottish Research

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Scotlands People - A Pay to use Site with BMD registrations, Old Parish Records, Catholic Registers, Valuation Rolls, Census, and Wills and Testaments. A "must use" for any Scottish researcher. 

NEW March 2021- The long awaited Kirk Session records are now available on Scotland's People and are free to view. If a page is downloaded to be saved, this will cost 2 credits through Scotland's People or 1$ at FHWA library. A guide on how to access these is available at Scotland's People web site. 

Scotland's Places - this site now offers free access to collections of historical tax rolls, ordnance survey name books, 1st and 2nd edition 6-inch and 25-inch OS map series and a range of archaeological and historical monument data. Tax rolls include volumes such as Land Tax (1645-1831), Hearth Tax (1641-1695), Horse Tax (1785-1798), Window Tax (1748-1798) and many more.

The Scottish Genealogy Society - based in Edinburgh, helps with research into Scottish family and local history. Run by volunteers, they can advise you at all stages in your research.

ScotsFind - Scottish Genealogy - produces computer-searchable genealogical databases from old Scottish records. Access to all databases is free. ScotsFind.org website is down and has been for a while, but in the meantime you can access the information from the Internet Archive Wayback Machine cached version here: ScotsFind Internet Archive

Statistical Accounts of Scotland - covering the 1790s and the 1830s, these Accounts are based largely on information supplied by each parish church minister, the original (First) Statistical Account and the New (Second) Statistical Account provide a rich record of a wide variety of topics: wealth, class and poverty; climate, agriculture, fishing and wildlife; population, schools, and the moral health of the people.

Gazetteer of Scotland - A vast geographical encyclopaedia, featuring details of towns, villages, bens and glens from the Scottish Borders to the Northern Isles. Includes tourist attractions, industries and historical sites, together with histories of family names and clans, biographies of famous Scots and descriptions of historical events associated with Scotland, together with the text of Groome's 19th Century Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland to provide a historical perspective on many of the places we describe.

Old Maps of Scotland -  Access high-resolution zoomable images of over 20,000 maps of Scotland. 

Tay Valley Family History Society - Based in Dundee, on the east coast of Scotland, Tay Valley Family History Society is the main centre for family history research in the Tay Valley area (the former counties of Angus, Fife, Kinross and Perthshire). Includes Howff burials.

Lanarkshire Family History Society - covers most parishes in Lanarkshire and other areas as well, will undertake limited research for a fee.

The Lothians Family History Society - Formerly the Midlothian FHS, located at Bonnyrigg apx 7 miles outside Edinburgh.

Aberdeen & North East Family History Society - assists and promotes the study of genealogy and family history based on the North-East corner of Scotland. This area covers the old counties of Aberdeenshire, Banffshire, Kincardineshire and Morayshire. Some online monumental inscriptions.

Shetland Family History Society - The Society brings together those studying genealogy and family history in that group of islands known as Shetland situated in the north sea between Scotland and Norway.

Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland - (RCAHMS) collects, records and interprets information on the architectural, industrial, archaeological and maritime heritage of Scotland. They have been doing so for more than a hundred years, and their archive offers a unique insight into the special nature of Scotland's Places.

Fife Family History Society - contains resources for genealogy research covering the Fife area, and information about Fife FHS, which joins together people with an interest in the research of their Fife ancestors.

The Glasgow & West of Scotland Family History Society - promotes the study of family history, particularly in Glasgow and the west of Scotland, covering Argyll & Bute, Ayrshire, Dunbartonshire, Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, and Stirlingshire (part).

The Highland Family History Society - promotes the study of genealogy, family history and related subjects in the Highlands of Scotland. Their area covers the old counties of Sutherland, Ross, Inverness, and Nairn (and retain interest in, and information about, Caithness and northern parishes of Argyll and Perth). 

Alloway and Southern Ayrshire Family History Society - based in Alloway, the Society focuses on the Southern part of Ayrshire, roughly that part South of the River Ayr.

East Ayrshire Family History Society - covers the parishes of Auchinleck; Dalmellington; Dalrymple; Dunlop; Fenwick; Galston; Kilmarnock; Kilmaurs; Loudoun; Mauchline; Muirkirk; New Cumnock; Ochiltree; Old Cumnock; Riccarton; Sorn; Stair; and Stewarton.

Largs and North Ayrshire Family History Society - covers the area of the former District of Cunningham in the Strathclyde Region, together with the islands of Arran and the two Cumbraes. 

Borders Family History Society - primarily in the Border counties (Berwickshire, Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire and Selkirkshire) of Scotland. Indexes are available to search for Gravestones; Magazine Articles; Poor Law records; and a family Tree Index. 

Central Scotland Family History Society - serves the needs of those interested in the old counties of Clackmannanshire; Stirlingshire and West Perthshire, and the parishes of Bo'ness and Carriden which were in West Lothian.

Dumfries & Galloway Family History Society - covers the three counties of South West Scotland - Dumfriesshire, The Stewartry of Kirkcudbright and Wigtownshire. 

Moray & Nairn Family History Society - covers genealogy and family history in Moray and Nairnshire. 

The Orkney Family History Society - the study, collection, analysis and sharing of information about individuals and families in Orkney. 

Renfrewshire Family History Society - covers the county and encompasses Abbey Parish, Cathcart, Eaglesham, Erskine, Eastwood, Greenock, Houston & Killellan, Inchinnan, Inverkip, Kilbarchan, Kilmacolm, Lochwinnnoch, Mearns, Neilston, Paisley, Port Glasgow and Renfrew.

West Lothian Family History Society - covers research throughout the county of West Lothian. 

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