Scotland Family History Societies(S-Z)

This section lists Scottish associations from Shetland to West Lothian providing details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

County and other Societies

Shetland Family History Society

The association was established in 1991, its aim being to offer assistance to members researching their genealogy.  A Research Centre is available, located at 6 Hillhead, Lerwick.

A map showing the location of parishes in Shetland is accessible.  These include:

  • Aithsting
  • Burra
  • Cunningsburgh
  • Delting
  • Dunrossness
  • Lerwick
  • Lunnasting
  • Mid & South Yell
  • Nesting
  • Quarff
  • Sandsting
  • Sandwick
  • Tingwall
  • Whitness and Weisdale

Many publications are available, which incorporate: 

  • Back Issues of their Journal, Coontin Kin
  • Binders
  • Census Returns
  • Dedication Booklets
  • Memorial Inscriptions
  • Shetland Pre-1855 Parish Sources for Family Historians
  • Shetland Surnames: Information regarding the origin of Shetland surnames and how they came to be in Shetland.  A dictionary of surnames is also included

Details of links to other sites you may find of use are also accessible.


Tay Valley Family History Society

Many archives can be accessed in their Research Centre, which include Genealogical Reference Books, Local and National Census Returns, Electoral Registers and Old Parish Registers relating to the Local Area. A full list of resources held in their Library is also accessible.

Many publications are available for sale, which incorporate:

  • Burgess Rolls
  • Burials
  • Census Indexes
  • Church Registers
  • Court Records
  • Deeds
  • Examination Rolls
  • Hearth Tax Records
  • Jacobites Records
  • Maps
  • Memorial Inscriptions
  • Military Books
  • Photographs
  • School and University Registers
  • Scots Overseas
  • Wills

A full list of these publications is accessible on their site.


Troon and Ayrshire Family History Society

Many archives can be accessed in their Library.

Many publications are available for sale, which comprise:

  • Ayrshire War Memorials
  • Ayrshire Burials
  • Ayrshire News 1788-1799, 1800-1810, 1811-1820 and 1821-1830: Extracts from the Papers of Walter C Clearie
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Censuses
  • Deaths and Burials
  • The Hammerman of Irvine
  • Memorial Inscriptions

West Lothian Family History Society

The society was established in 2000 to help people researching their genealogy throughout West Lothian.

A list of Towns and Villages in West Lothian is accessible, along with details of  Parishes and War Memorials/Rolls of Honour.

Publications sold by the society include:

  • 1851 Census Indexes
  • Brewers and Breweries of Linlithgowshire
  • Burials
  • Cholera in West Lothian
  • Inventory of Graveyards
  • Minute by Minute - The Royal Burgh of Linlithgow (Extracts from Town Council Minute Books 1739-1848)
  • Old Linlithgow
  • Winchburgh Railway Disaster 1862
  • The Winchburgh Murders

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