Scottish Genealogy Society

Scottish Genealogy Society was established in 1953 and is based in Edinburgh.  It helps people researching Scottish family history and local history.

Members are able to offer advice and assistance whether you are just starting your own family history journey, are a more experienced researcher who has hit a brick wall or someone who would like to know more about adding meat to the bones of your ancestors' stories.

Information about Scottish Genealogy Society


Scottish Genealogy Society
15 Victoria Terrace

0131 220 3677

Databases and Indexes

Some Databases and Indexes are accessible on the site, which include

  • 18th Century Taxation Records available to the family historian
  • Family Group Sheets
  • Index of the Scottish Genealogist, the Society's newsletter, providing details of articles published in the magazine covering the period 1953-2014.
  • Information about the 1911 Census of Scotland
  • Pedigree Charts


The Society's Library is located at 15 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2JL.  It is situated just off the Royal Mile and close to Edinburgh Castle.  If travelling by train, the Library is a short walk from Waverley Railway Station.  It is also a short walk from St Andrews Bus Station.

Many archives can be accessed in their Library, which incorporate:

  • Books and CD's
  • Census Returns
  • Directories
  • Genealogies
  • Local Histories
  • Memorial Inscriptions
  • Military Books
  • Old Parish Registers
  • Profession and Trade Lists
  • School and University Rolls
  • Society Journals

Family Histories

A Genealogical Index, which is an Index of over 2500 files that have been donated to the association over 50 years, is also accessible.  For a fee, they are prepared to send you a copy of a genealogy.


A list of resources you may find useful is also accessible on the site, including:

  • Archives
  • Military
  • Shipping
  • Taxation
  • Trades and professions
  • Vital records


Many publications are available, which comprise:

  • Ballantrae Kirk Session Records 1723-1733
  • Berwickshire Miscellany - Ayton and Chirnside
  • Broughton Place Associate Congregation: Names of Members 1785 and Baptisms 1836-1839
  • Broughton Place United Presbyterian Church - Band of Hope 1886-1908
  • Census Indexes
  • Dundee Episcopalians 1715-1815
  • East Lothian Burial and Mortcloth Records from 1663 and Death Records 1855-1860
  • Edinburgh and Leith Post Office Directories 1822, 1842, 1851, 1858, 1861, 1875, 1884
  • Edrom Parish, Berwickshire - Certificates of Character
  • Examinable Persons in Applegarth Parish 1697
  • Farr Poor Register 1845-1865
  • Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae Medii Aevi Ad Annum 1638

Publications available for sale also include:

  • Fife Emigrants and Ships
  • Gaelic Church: Communion Rolls 1836-1852 and Baptisms 1852-1855
  • Inverness Poor Register 1857-1862
  • Irish Ancestry - Irish Emigrants in North America
  • Jacobites of Perthshire 1745
  • Kiltarlity Free Church Births and Baptisms 1843-1854 and Marriages 1844-1854
  • Kirkhill Free Church Births and Baptisms 1843-1854
  • Lady Glenorchy Transcripts Communion Rolls 1785-1835, Edinburgh
  • Local History Books
  • Memorial Inscriptions
  • Nairn Congregational Church Baptisms 1847-1872
  • Newbattle Parish Testimonials 1657-1671

Publications available for sale also include:

  • Passport Applications 1858-1899 and 1907-1917 Glasgow Office
  • Poor Records
  • Register of Testaments, Aberdeen, 1760-1800
  • Roslin Chapel Communion Roll 1829-1842
  • Roslin Free Church Communion Roll 1843-1855
  • Scots Emigrants from Galloway - Index of those who died in England or West Indies
  • Scots in Australasia 1788-1900
  • Scots in Prussia
  • Scots Peerage
  • Services of Heirs in Scotland 1700-1859
  • Sutherland - Creich Free Church Births and Baptisms 1843-1897 and Marriages 1843-1896
  • Trades and Professions

Some Antiquarian and Second-hand Books are also available for sale.  For a full list, please visit their site.


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