Moray and Nairn Family History Society

Moray and Nairn Family History Society was established in 2009.

They aim to help people with their family history research in the area, promote and encourage the study of family history and genealogy, and produce publications relating to the area. 

The Society has many members throughout the United Kingdom and overseas.

Information about Moray and Nairn Family History Society

Databases and Indexes

Many databases are accessible, which incorporate:

  • Birth and Baptismal Roll for Nairn High United Free Church
  • Canadian Marriages in Nairnshire
  • Elgin Golf Club Members Roll of Honour 1914-1919
  • Extracts from Cawdor United Free Church Kirk Session
  • Forres Episcopal Church Baptisms 1856-1900
  • Inhabitants of Moray and Nairn Infectious Diseases Hospital, Morayshire Union Poor House, Anderson's Institution and Greyfriars Convent on 2nd April 1911
  • Inhabitants of Nairn Union Poorhouse and the Town and County Hospital on 2nd April 1911
  • List of Patients of Ivybank Auxiliary Hospital 1914-1917
  • Details of Persons contributing to the Bridge of Glenairnie in 1794
  • Principal Residents of the Burgh of Elgin on 23rd July 1694
  • Records from the Estate of Lethen


Some publications are sold by the society, which include:

  • Allowances to Wives and Family of Militiamen Elgin, 1810-1812 (by Douglas G J Stewart)
  • Ardclach Memorial Inscriptions
  • Auldearn Monumental Inscriptions
  • Barevan Churchyard Memorial Inscriptions
  • Burial Records
  • Cawdor Churchyard Burial Register 1930-1970
  • Cawdor Churchyard and Cemetery Memorial Inscriptions
  • Birth, Death and Marriage Notices in Newspapers
  • Deaths and Places of Burial
  • Episcopal Church Records
  • Free Church Baptisms and Marriages
  • Poor Registers
  • War Memorial Transcriptions

Parishes include Speymouth, Urquhart, Edinkillie, Dyke & Moy, Forres, Burghead, Rafford, Elgin and Bellie in Moray.  Parishes also include Ardclach, Cawdor, Auldearn and Nairn in Nairnshire, and Rathven in Banffshire.

Society Newsletters

Back Issues of Society newsletters are accessible on the site, dating from 2009-2018.  Newsletters are not accessible on the site until 2 years from when they were published.

Topics covered in the Newsletters include:

  • Burial Grounds in the Braes of Glenlivet
  • DNA Testing - One Person's Experience
  • Elgin Murders
  • Forres Episcopal Church Baptisms 1860-1862, 1875-1876
  • Horse Tax of 1797-98, the Horse Tax of 1797-8 for Knockando
  • List of The Municipal Electors of Forres, 1936
  • Marriages from the Forres Gazette
  • Moray Chelsea Pensioners
  • Nairn County Press Deaths 1900-1903
  • St Margaret's Episcopal Church, Aberlour Marriages 1876-1897
  • Smoke Doctor
  • Survey of the Shop Tax of 1787-88 - Forres and Elgin
  • Town of Keith during the first Jacobite Rebellion

Research Links

Details of resources to help you to research is available, which include Archive and Heritage Centres, Libraries, Museums and Other Archives.


  1. Family Tree Resources
  2. Family History Societies
  3. Moray and Nairn Family History Society