Scotland Family History Societies(A-B)

This section lists Scottish associations from Aberdeen to Borders providing details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

Aberdeen and North East Scotland Family History Society

The association was established in 1978.

The aim of the Society is to promote and encourage the study of family history and genealogy relating to the North-East corner of Scotland.  This area includes the old counties of Aberdeenshire, Banffshire, Kincardineshine and Morayshire.

The society has had more than 21000 members and has a core membership surpassing 5000 per annum.

Many resources are available in their Library, including Microfiche of the IGI, Old Parish Registers and Censuses.  They hold resources relating to the whole of Scotland.

Many databases and indexes are accessible on their site, which incorporate:

  • Aberdeen Stent Roll 1669
  • Monumental Inscriptions
  • St Nicholas Burials 1666-1793
  • St Nicholas Kirk Session Accounts 1602-1705
  • St Nicholas KS Accounts Summary
  • St Paul's Episcopal Baptisms 1720-1793

Numerous publications are available for sale, which comprise:

  • Aberdeen Royal Infirmary Deaths 1743-1822 and 1838-1897
  • Aberdeen School Board Female Teachers 1872-1901
  • Aberdeenshire Poll Book 1696
  • Back Journals of Aberdeen FHS
  • Census Indexes
  • Church Histories
  • Diary of Robert Lees: early 19th Century Life in Old Stonehaven
  • In Sickness and in Health: NE Health Records
  • Monumental Inscriptions

Alloway and Southern Ayrshire Family History Society

The association was established in 1997 and focuses on Genealogical Research.  Many resources can be accessed in their Library, including:

  • 1851 Index to Glasgow Herald BMD's
  • Annals of Ayr
  • Ardrossan Poor Index
  • Ayrshire OPR Deaths
  • British Vital Records Index
  • Burial Indexes
  • Census Indexes
  • Directories
  • Fife Deaths
  • Genealogical Reference Books
  • Genealogies
  • Immigrations
  • Kilmarnock Laigh Kirk Sessions
  • Pedigree Resource Files
  • Renfrewshire Taxes
  • The Soldiers Index: 1st-13th Infantry

Numerous publications are available for sale, which incorporate:

  • Annals of Alloway: Extracts of Local Births, Marriages and Deaths from the Diary of James Crosbie 1805-1893
  • Ballantrae Kirk Session Registers 1723-1733
  • Deaths
  • Monumental Inscriptions
  • Routes to/from Southern Ayrshire 2005

A list of Surnames currently being researched by Members is on the site.


Borders Family History Society

The society covers the Border Counties, which include Berwickshire, Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire and Selkirkshire. 

Many resources can be accessed in their Archive and Search Room, which comprise:

  • Censuses
  • Dictionary of Scottish Immigrants
  • Directories
  • Genealogical Reference Books
  • International Genealogical Index(IGI)
  • Marriage Licence Bonds
  • Military Books
  • Naming and Numbering of Scottish Regiments
  • Newspapers
  • Parish Registers
  • Passenger Lists
  • Prison Registers
  • Town and County Histories

For a full list of books and resources available, please visit their website.

Many databases are accessible, which include Gravestones, Magazine Articles, Poor Law Records and a Map showing the Location of Counties covered by them.

Many publications are available for sale, which comprise:

  • Census Indexes
  • Deaths Transcriptions
  • Dunse Barony Records
  • Galashiels through the Years
  • Genealogies of Scottish Families
  • Historic Kelso
  • Maps
  • Melrose War Memorial
  • Memorial Inscriptions
  • Parish Registers
  • Poor Law Records
  • Prison Records
  • Registers of the Secession Churches
  • Scottish Trades and Professions

A list of Surnames currently being researched by Members is on the site, along with a Forum.


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