Glasgow and West of Scotland Family History Society

Glasgow Bridge, c. 1890-1900.  Photochrom PrintGlasgow Bridge, c. 1890-1900. Photochrom Print

Glasgow and West of Scotland Family History Society was established in 1977, and is run by experienced volunteers who want to help others interested in conducting their own family history research.

Its main objective is to promote and encourage the study of family history, especially in the area of Glasgow and the West of Scotland.

The Society has transcribed gravestones from the churchyard of Cathcart Parish Church, for which a CD is available for sale.

The Society has close ties with the Mitchell Library and Glasgow City Archives.

A list of Parishes covered by the association is available.

Information about Glasgow and West of Scotland Family History Society


Glasgow and West of Scotland FHS
Unit 13
32 Mansfield Street
G11 5QP


0141 339 8303


Please peruse the Contacts page to find the email of the person you wish to contact

Research Centre

Many archives can be accessed in their Research Centre, situated at Unit 13, 32 Mansfield Street, Partick, Glasgow, G11 5QP.

The Centre is located off Dumbarton Road near to Kelvinhall Underground Station.  It is also served well by public transport.

These resources comprise:

  • Army Roll of Honour for WWII
  • 1841, 1851, 1861 Census Returns
  • 1881 Census for Scotland, England and Wales
  • 1891 Census Index for Scotland
  • 1901 Census for Counties Tyrone and Fermanagh
  • 1901 Census Index for Scotland
  • Family Trees
  • Gazetteers
  • Genealogical Reference Books
  • Index to Soldiers who died in the Great War
  • International Genealogical Index(IGI) (1992) for England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales
  • Local History Books
  • Maps including reprints of Victorian Ordnance Survey Maps of Scotland
  • Old Parish Registers for all the Counties in the area
  • Post Office Directories for Glasgow 1787-1885/6
  • Research Directories

For further information about archives held in their Library, please peruse their on-line catalogue.

The Society has also transcribed monumental inscriptions, which are accessible in their Library and at the Mitchell Library.  These monumental inscriptions include:

  • Carmunnock
  • Dunoon High Kirk (part)
  • Glasgow Necropolis (incomplete)
  • Maryhill Old Burying Ground
  • Ramshorn Burying Grounds
  • Southern Necropolis (part)


The Society also publishes a Newsletter and an Index to this is also available.


Many publications are sold by the society, which include:

  • 1851 Glasgow Herald Births, Deaths and Marriages
  • Burial Indexes
  • Campsie Catholic Mission Records Index including St Machan, Lennoxtown, 1831-1860
  • Census Indexes
  • Emigrants and Immigrants Resources
  • Genealogical Reference Books
  • Glasgow Police Return 1841: details of 1038 destitute persons within the city of Glasgow in receipt of police relief
  • Glasgow South Circuit Methodist Baptisms including church records of Cathcart Rd (1851-1921), Pollokshaws (1884-1921), Thornliebank (1898-1921)
  • Local History Books
  • Maps
  • Memorial Inscriptions
  • Newsletters
  • Occupational Books
  • Passport Applications at Glasgow Office 1858-1889, 1907-1914.  Information includes family members travelling, occupations, home address and which country is being visited

Research Service

Unfortunately, the Society cannot offer a comprehensive research service because their aims are to offer assistance where required, and to encourage their members conducting their own research.  The Society want their members to obtain that sense of achievement when they discover their ancestors. 


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