Tay Valley Family History Society

Tay Valley Family History Society was established in 1980 with 140 members.  It aims to promote and encourage the study of family history and genealogy, especially in the Tay Valley area, which includes the former counties of Dundee, Angus, Fife, Kinross and Perthshire.  It currently has over 1300 members worldwide.

It is a member of the Scottish Association of Family History Societies (SAFHS) and has members all over the United Kingdom and worldwide.

Information about Tay Valley Family History Society


Tay Valley FHS
179-181 Princes Street


Please use the Contact Form on the Society's website to contact the Society

Research Centre

The Society's Research Centre is situated at 179-181 Princes Street, Dundee and is one of the main research centres in the Tay Valley area.  The counties of Angus, Fife, Kinross and Perthshire make up the area of the Tay Valley.

Centre Charges

If you are a member of the Society, you do not have to pay to access the Centre, but a charge is made if you are not a member.

You are able to take photocopies of records found in the Centre, but a charge is made to people taking advantage of this service. You should always ask permission before taking photocopies because of copyright rules, and because some documents are fragile and easily damaged. 

A charge is also made to people taking printouts from microfilm or microfiche.

Resources at the Centre

Resources available in the Centre include:

  • 1841-1901 Census Returns
  • Census Indexes of Scotland the the British Isles
  • Family Group Sheets
  • Monumental Inscriptions
  • Old Parish Registers for the Tay Valley area
  • Pedigree Charts

Facilities at the Centre

A microfilm reader connected to a printer is available, along with six online computers and one offline.  Research materials are also available, which are predominantly related to the Tay Valley area.

A refreshment area is also available, along with toilet facilities.

Sites such as FindmyPast, Ancestry, FamilySearch and ScotlandsPeople can be accessed using the computers. 

The ScotlandsPeople website gives access to:

  • 1841-1911 Census Records
  • 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1920 Valuation Rolls
  • Births, Marriages and Deaths from 1855
  • Old Parish Registers (pre-1855)
  • Roman Catholic Registers
  • Wills


The main research area is fully accessible, with volunteers able to bring materials up from the basement area if required.

Research Service

If you unable to visit the Centre in person, on payment of a fee, the Society is willing to undertake limited research on your behalf.  The Society does not conduct research of complete family trees, nor search for living relatives.

The research is conducted by volunteers, and relies on the sources available in the research centre or in the Dundee area.


Many publications are available for sale, which incorporate:

  • Burgess Rolls
  • Burial Records
  • 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.


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