2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources|
Edinburgh Central Library
George IV Bridge
Tel: 0131 225 5584 ext. 223
Contact: Ann Nix, Principal Library Officer
Edinburgh Central Library
George IV Bridge
Tel: 0131 225 5584 ext. 237
Contact: Fiona Myles, Librarian in charge
3. Research Service
Yes, but only basic enquiries.
Two local organisations will undertake research for a fee: Association of Scottish Genealogists and Record Agents, 51/3 Mortonhall Road, Edinburgh, EH9 2HN; and Scottish Genealogy Society, 15 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL
Provided by local Record Office?
4. Births, Deaths and Marriages
Registrar General's Indexes from 1837 (microform), or Registrar General for Scotland's Computerised Index from 1855.
5. Census returns
1841-1891. Ayrshire, Borders, Caithness, Clackmannanshire, Dumfries & Galloway, Fife, Inverness-shire, Kinross-shire, Lothians (inc. Edinburgh), Nairn, Orkney, Ross and Cromarty, Shetland, Stirlingshire, Sutherland.
6(a) County and Regional Directories
Pigot, J. & Co. New Commercial Directory of Scotland for 1825-6. (SC)
Slater, I. Royal national commercial directory and topography of Scotland, 1852, 1860, 1867, 1889, 1878, 1915, 1893. (SC)
County Directory of Scotland: 1862, 1868, 1875, 1878, 1882-89, 1893-96, 1912. (SC)
MacDonald's Scottish Directory: 1915, 1920-21, 1923-24, 1931-1974 (some gaps). (SC)
Border Almanac: 1877-1882, 1896-1906, 1911-1918. (SC)
Bute County Directory: 1907/8, 1916-1932. (SC)
Registers of Fife & Kinross: 1829-1876. (SC)
Inverness County Directory: 1893/94, 1902/3, 1916/17, 1919/20-1940. (SC)
Leslie's Directory: Perth and Perthshire: 1889-1940. (SC)
6(b) City and Town Directories
Aberdeen Post Office Directory: 1864/5, 1874/5, 1893/4, 1902/3, 1907/8-1916/17, 1919/20-1924/5, 1926/7-1941/2, 1943, 1946/7-1947/8, 1949/50, 1955/6, 1957/8-1963/4, 1966/67, 1969/70
Ayr Post Office General and trades directory: 1907-1908-1916, 1930/31, 1934/35-37
Dundee Directory: 1890-1974
Glasgow Post Office Directory: 1846-1879
Kelly's Directory of Glasgow: 1937-1973
Post Office Greenock Directory: 1893/94, 1902/3, 1907-1916, 1930/31, 1953, 1957, 1966-1976
Paisley Directory: 1902/03, 1907-1916, 1924, 1929, 1931, 1934/35, 1937/38
All above in Scottish Department.
Edinburgh Room: Edinburgh Directory: 1773/4-1974/5 (includes Leith); Portobello Directory: 1836, 1896/7-1914/5; A Directory of Edinburgh 1752, compiled by J. Gilhooley
6(c) Telephone Directories
Edinburgh area 1940 to date (Edinburgh Room)
7. Electoral registers and polls books
7(a) Electoral Registers
1832, 1834, 1856/7-1869, 1873/4, 1877/78, 1880/81 to date. Canongate 1854/55
Also Valuation Rolls, Edinburgh 1914 to date
Leith 1833, 1835
Portobello 1900-1904, 1906-1914
'A political analysis of voters in the first municipal district of Edinburgh with their religious profession and police assessment'. 1840
'List of voters in the city of Edinburgh, who voted for Mr Charles Cowan, M.P.'. 1848.
'Street list of electors of the City of Edinburgh 1854'
All in Edinburgh Room
7(b) Poll Books
8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)
1992 microfiche edition. Whole of UK.
Scottish fiche in Scottish Department; rest of UK in Reference Library
9. Unpublished Indexes
Index to parishes covered by surveys of monumental inscriptions in Scotland outside of Edinburgh
10. Parish Registers
Microfilm copies of registers for the following areas are held:
Ayrshire, Borders, Caithness, Clackmannanshire, Dumfries & Galloway, Fife, Kinross-shire, Lothians (including Edinburgh), Nairn, Orkney, Ross & Cromarty, Shetland, Stirlingshire, Sutherland
Inverness-shire is on order.
Index to Old Parish Registers for Scotland on microfiche
11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)
The Scottish Genealogist. 1954 to date
Scottish Local History. 1983 to date
12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material
Scottish Record Society publications
13. Other material
Scottish Dept: c.1300 individual family histories; Scottish law list and Scottish Law Directory (1863-1963 and 1917 to present); Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae (list of Church of Scotland ministers)
Edinburgh Room: membership lists of professional bodies (e.g. writers to Signet), university graduates, information on many clubs and societies some of which includes names of members etc. (Edinburgh-based organisations only)
MIs for several burial grounds
14. Guides to Collections
Tracing your family history in Edinburgh Central Library. Free leaflet (~copy attached$)
15. Local Record Offices
Edinburgh City Archives
Tel: 0131 529 4290
We have 3 microfilm and 2 microfiche copiers and numbers film/fiche readers in the building. Price of copies is 20p per A4 sheet. There is no booking service for equipment.