Lanarkshire Family History Society

Lanarkshire Family History Society was established in 1991.

Originally known as Hamilton and District Family History Society, the group held monthly meetings in Hamilton Reference Library.  As membership of the Society grew, they moved to Motherwell Heritage Centre.  As the Society grew larger, they then moved to the GLO Centre in 2006.

Their aim is to help people conduct genealogical research in Lanarkshire, but they do hold documents relating to other areas of Scotland.

Information about Lanarkshire Family History Society


Lanarkshire Family History Society
North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre
High Road
North Lanarkshire

Address (Resource Centre) (Please do not send mail here):
Lanarkshire FHS
122-124 Merry Street
North Lanarkshire


Please use the Contacts page on their website to find the email of the person you wish to contact


Many publications are available for sale, including:

  • 1884 Ordnance Survey Gazetteer of Scotland
  • Airdrie and The Great War: A Pictorial Souvenir
  • Ancestor Charts
  • Blantyre Remembered: selection of poems and stories by James Cornfield
  • Braeside Seminary School Prizewinners 1882-1888
  • Campbeltown Burgh Police Court Records 1878-1889
  • Catholic Family History: A Bibliography for Scotland by Michael Gandy
  • Cemetery Records
  • Census Indexes
  • Clarke's Motherwell Directory 1896: 3500 names, occupations and addresses
  • Coatbridge and The Great War
  • Dalziel Public School: History of the Motherwell school demolished on 16 April 2011
  • Death/Mortcloth Records
  • Genealogical Reference Books
  • Grossart's History of Shotts, 1880: Information regarding its boundaries, lochs, census returns, session records, Covenanters, School, Poor Relief, and other topics

Publications also include:

  • Fallen of Strathhaven and Avondale 1914-1918
  • Irish Born Men who enlisted at Glasgow who died in The Great War
  • Larkhall - A Walk-through
  • Larkhall Images - 40 scenes dating back to the 1890s
  • Lesmahagow 1783 Census Index: 1200 names
  • Lesmahagow 1821 Census Index: 1100 names
  • Local History Books
  • Loudon Kirk Grave Survey
  • Memorial Inscriptions
  • Newsletter Back Issues
  • Pomphrey's Directory of Wishaw, 1898
  • Return of Owners of Land 1872-73
  • Scottish Genealogy and Family History Bibliography by David W Webster, FSA (Scot)
  • Scottish Historians Glossary
  • Scottish Trades and Professions Vital Records Directories
  • Weights and Measures

Research Service

On payment of a fee, genealogical research relating to Lanarkshire can be undertaken by the association.  You do not have to be a member of the Society to take advantage of this service. 

The Society does not conduct full family history research, nor does it help you track down living relatives.


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