East Ayrshire Family History Society

Kilmarnock c.1890-1900.  Photochrom Print CollectionKilmarnock c.1890-1900. Photochrom Print Collection

The association was established in 1997, taking as its name the name of the local authority that was created at approximately the same time. 

The former districts of Kilmarnock & Loudoun and Cumnock & Doon Valley are the areas covered by East Ayrshire.  The Society, however, holds records relating to the entire county of Ayrshire.

The association's main objectives are to encourage and promote the study of genealogy and family history, especially in the area.

They also offer assistance to members whose ancestors come from the area, but who live too far away to conduct research themselves.

Information about East Ayrshire Family History Society


Please use the Contact Form on their website to contact the Society

Parishes covered by the association include:

  • Auchinleck
  • Dalmellington
  • Dalrymple
  • Dunlop
  • Fenwick
  • Galston
  • Kilmarnock
  • Kilmaurs
  • Loudoun
  • Mauchline
  • Muirkirk
  • New Cumnock
  • Ochiltree
  • Old Cumnock
  • Riccarton
  • Sorn
  • Stair
  • Stewarton


Some publications are available for sale, including:

  • Auchinleck - Its History and Associations by Helen J Steven
  • Ayr Post Office Directory 1873-74
  • Ayrshire Yeomanry Cavalry by W S Cooper
  • Fasti - Presbyteries of Ayr and Irvine 1868
  • Censuses
  • History of Kilmarnock by Archibald McKay
  • History of the County of Ayr by James Paterson
  • Irvine Post Office Directory 1898-99
  • Jonas Kilmarnock Directory 1879
  • Kaimshill Cemetery Riccarton Memorial Inscriptions
  • Kilmarnock Paupers, Voters and Ratepayers
  • Kilmarnock Post Offices Directories 1846, 1855, 1868, 1899
  • Kilmaurs Parish and Burgh by Duncan McNaught
  • Memorial Inscriptions
  • New Cummock - Its History and Associations by Helen J Steven
  • Old High Kirk Kilmarnock Burials
  • Old Kilmarnock - Sketches of Characters by James Walker
  • Parish of Dalmellington by Rev George S Hendrie
  • Pigot's Ayrshire Directory
  • Reminiscences of Auld Ayr
  • Saltcoats Old and New by P. Charles Carragher
  • Sorn Parish - Its History and Associations by Helen J Steven
  • Stewarton Laigh Kirk Monumental Inscriptions
  • Troon and Dundonald by Rev J Kirkwood
  • Valuation Roll - Parish of Kilmarnock 1874-75

A forum, accessible to members of the society only, is also available on their website, as are back issues of their publication.


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