Scotland Family History Societies(L-N)

This section lists Scottish associations from Lanarkshire to Moray and Nairn providing details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

Lanarkshire Family History Society

The 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.  They then had to move to the GLO Centre in 2006.

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

Genealogical research relating to Lanarkshire can also be undertaken by the association and you do not have to be a member to take advantage of this service. 

Many publications are available for sale, including:

  • Airdrie and The Great War: A Pictorial Souvenir
  • Ancestor Charts
  • Avondale Deaths
  • Campbeltown Burgh Police Court Records
  • Cemetery Records
  • Census Indexes
  • Coatbridge and The Great War
  • Death/Mortcloth Records
  • Directories
  • Irish Men who enlisted at Glasgow who died in The Great War
  • Memorial Inscriptions
  • Return of Owners of Land.
  • Scottish Historians Glossary
  • Scottish Trades and Professions Vital Records Directories
  • Weights and Measures

Largs and North Ayrshire Family History Society

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)

Numerous archives can be accessed in their Library, including Census Indexes and Old Parish Registers(OPR's).


Moray Burial Ground Research Group

The Group plans to survey every Burial Ground in the area.

Some Indexes are on the site, including The Forgotten Tombstones and Monumental Inscriptions of some Burial Grounds.

Some publications are available for sale, including The Lands and People of Moray and Banffshire and Memorial Inscriptions.

Back Issues of their Newsletter are available on the site.


Moray and Nairn Family History Society

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

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:

  • Burial Records
  • Deaths and Places of Burial
  • Episcopal Church Records
  • Free Church Baptisms and Marriages
  • Memorial Inscriptions
  • Poor Registers

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.


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