Largs and North Ayrshire Family History Society

Largs, Scotland. c. 1890-1900.  Photochrom PrintLargs, Scotland. c. 1890-1900. Photochrom Print

Largs and North Ayrshire Family History Society was established in 1988, and is now known as North Ayrshire Family History Society. 

Its aim is to encourage and promote the study of family history, especially within the Local Government Authority area of North Ayrshire.  

Largs is situated on the River Clyde and has a population of 13,000.  Largs is famous because of a major battle that took place in 1263, when the Vikings were driven back by the army of Alexander III.

The Society is always keen to hear from people who would like to become members whether they are just starting their family history research, or are fairly advanced researchers.

Information about North Ayrshire Family History Society


North Ayrshire FHS
c/o Largs Library
26 Allanpark Street
KA30 9AG


General Enquiries

Membership Enquiries

Journal Enquiries

Publications Enquiries

A list of Parish Registers covering North Ayrshire is on the site, which incorporate:

  • Ardrossan
  • Beith
  • Cumbraes
  • Dalry
  • Dreghorn
  • Irvine
  • Kilbirnie(Including Glengarnock)
  • Kilbride(Arran)
  • Kilmory(Arran)
  • Kilwinning
  • Largs(Including Fairlie)
  • Lochranza(Arran)
  • Stevenston
  • West Kilbride(Including Seamill)


The Society holds many resources, which can be accessed at Largs Library, 18 Allanpark Street, Largs, KA30 9AG. 

These resources include:

  • 1841 Census for Ardrossan, Auchinleck, Ayr, Ballantrae, and Barr
  • 1841 Census for Kilwinning, Kirkmichael, Kirkoswald, Largs, and Loudon
  • 1841 Census for West Kilbride, Stevenston, Stewarton, Straiton, Stair, Symington (Ayrshire), Tarbolton
  • 1851 Ayrshire Census Index
  • 1851 Glasgow Census Index
  • 1851 Lanarkshire Census Index
  • 1861 Ayrshire Census Index
  • 1861 Glasgow/Lanarkshire Census Index
  • 1881 British Census (relates to the whole of the British Isles)
  • Old Parish Registers (pre-1855)


Some resources are available for sale, which include:

  • 1841 Census Indexes for Kilbirnie, Largs, and West Kilbride
  • Largs Burial Index
  • Old Parish Registers (OPR) Ref Officers

Research Service

If you are a member of the Society who does not live in the area, on payment of a fee, they can do limited research on your behalf.  They are unable to conduct research for non-members.


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