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Please note that the date of the information is shown in bracket, thus: (4/97) for April 1997. Local authorities are still making changes to their structures and names, so please notify any corrections or updates you discover to:


OTHER LISTS OF UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES (also see individual university entries in next section)

  • Arts and Recreation Department. Local Studies Dept., Central Library, Rosemount Viaduct, Aberdeen AB25 1GW. 
    Tel.01224-634622, ext.225, Fax.01224-624118. 
    Open: Mon.- Fri. 9am-9pm; Sat. 9am-5pm. (10/96)

  • City Archives, Town House, Aberdeen AB9 1AQ. 
    Tel.01224-522513/ 01224-276276 ext.2513, Fax.01224-522937 or 627213. 
    From 1996, until further notice, also in charge of the former Grampian Regional Archives at Old Aberdeen House, Dunbar St., Aberdeen AB24 1UE. 
    Tel.01224-481775, Minicom 01224-522381. 
    Opening times: City (Town House): Wed.-Fri., 9.30am-1pm;2pm-4.30pm. 
    Old Aberdeen: Mon.-Wed., 9.30am-1pm;2pm-4.30pm. 
  • (1) Queen Mother Library, Meston Walk, Old Aberdeen, Aberdeen AB24 3UE. 
    Tel. 01224-272588, Fax.01224-273819. 
    Catalogue available on Internet, using (Log in as library). 
    Internet WWW site:
    Open:(term) Mon.-Fri. 8.45am-10.00pm, Sat. 9am-10pm, 
    Sun.2pm-10pm; (vacation) Mon.-Fri.9am-8pm, Sat.9am-1pm, 
    Sun. closed.(10/96) (2) Department of Special Collections and Archives, Kings College, Aberdeen AB24 3SW. 
    Tel.(enquiries) 01224-272598, Fax. 01224-273891 
    Open: Mon.-Fri.9.30am-4.30pm (10/96)

  • ABERDEENSHIRE Council.Aberdeenshire Library & Information Service [previously N.E.S.L.S.]
  • Local History Dept., Admin. H.Q., Meldrum Meg Way, The Meadows Industrial Estate, Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire AB51 0GN. 
    Tel.01651-872707, Fax.01651-872142.
    • *Leaflet on family history material.
    • *list of holdings of census microfilm at service points
    • list of newspaper holdings.
    *=awaiting updated version.

    Postal queries: First half hour of staff time free, then 8 pounds per hour or part hour. 
    H.Q. (Local History Dept.) open: Mon.- Fri., 9am-5pm. Other libraries at branch opening times. Booking essential at H.Q. & Stonehaven, advisable elsewhere. 

  • ALEXANDRIA Heritage Centre
  • Alexandria Library, Gilmour Street, Alexandria, Dunbartonshire. 
    (part of West Dunbartonshire Libraries. See that entry for policy details.) 
    Open: Mon. & Tue.:10am-12.30;1.30-5pm; Thu.:1.30pm-8pm. 
    Temporarily closing at 5.00pm on Thursdays, but hoping to return to above hours before long. (1/98) 
  • ANGUS Council Cultural Services:
  • Archive Unit, Montrose Library, High St., Montrose. 
    Tel.01674-73256 Brechin Library, St. Ninian's Sq., Brechin. 
    Tel.013562-622687. Arbroath Library, Hill Terrace, Arbroath DD11 1AH. 
    Tel.01241-72248. Arbroath Museum, Signal Tower, Ladyloan, Arbroath DD11 1PU 
    Tel.01241-75598. Montrose Museum, Panmure Place, Montrose DD10 8HE. 
    Libraries with census material: 
    Arbroath, Brechin, Carnoustie, Forfar, Kirriemuir, Montrose. Monifieth library may also in near future. 
    Holdings of census microfilm 1841-1891 for all Angus(Forfarshire) parishes except Dundee City area. Contact appropriate local library direct. 
    Enquiries by post should be specific. Archives enquiries to Archive unit, Montrose Library. No research charges, but enclose an extra stamp in an s.a.e. for lists of holdings and " Angus Ancestors " leaflet. 
    Library & museum hours are standardised at 10a.m. - 5 p.m. 
    Personal callers helped if reasonable notice given. The originals of some local archival items remain with the archivist. 
  • William Coull Anderson Library of Genealogy, Room 36, Dewar House, Hill Terrace, Arbroath, Angus DD11 1AH. 
    Tel.01241-876221 extn. 240; Fax.01241-870090. 
    Operating within the Angus Council, a Trust Fund finances this special library which offers a commercial genealogy service. Initial enquiry should be made by telephone or personal call. 
    Personal searches are permitted or researches can be conducted on behalf of clients. Fees for researches conducted are as recommended by the Association of scottish Genealogists & Record Agents from time to time. 
    Open: Mon.-Fri.,9-12;1.30-5. 
  • (1) Argyll & Bute Archives, Manse Brae, Lochgilphead, Argyll PA31 8QU. 
    Tel. 01546- 604120; Fax.01546-606897. Limited staffing, so unable to undertake wide searches, but will answer specific enquiries. 
    Open: Tues.-Fri., 10am-1pm, 2pm-4.30pm, by appointment. 
    (2) Library HQ., Highland Avenue, Sandbank, Dunoon PA23 8PB. 
    Tel. & Fax.01369-703214. 
    Now includes Helensburgh, which has a new library due 1997. 

  • North Ayrshire Libraries, Local History Dept., 39-41 Princes Street, Adrossan KA22 8BT. 
    Tel. 01294-469137, Fax. 01294-604236. 
    Three microfilm reader/printers available. List of publications available on request. Postal enquiries welcome. Personal callers by appointment. 
    Open: Mon.,Tue.,Thur.,Fri. 9am-5pm; Wed. closed; Sat. 10am-1pm,2pm-5pm 

  • (1) Local Studies Service, The Dick Institute, Elmbank Avenue, Kilmarnock KA1 3BU. 
    Tel.01563-526401. Fax.01563-529661. 
    Leaflet (revised) - "Tracing Your Family Tree - sources in East Ayrshire Libraries". Postal and telephone searches undertaken. No photocopies undertaken due to copyright, but full transcription sent for each successful search. No charges. 
    Open: Mon.Tue.Thu.Fri. 9am-8pm, Wed.& Sat. 9am-5pm. 
    (2) Baird Institute History Centre and Museum, Lugar Street, Cumnock, Ayrshire KA18 1AD. 
    Tel. & Fax. 01290-421701. 
    There are two microfilm readers, and you should book a half-day session in advance. This location houses the main genealogical sources for the local area, as well as local history collections. No charges. 
    Opening times: Mon.,Tue.,Thu.,Fri.: 10am-1pm,1.30pm- 4.30pm. 
  • (1) South Ayrshire Libraries, Carnegie Library, 12 Main St., Ayr KA8 8ED 
    Tel.01292-286385, Fax.01292-611593. 
    Three microfilm reader/printers available, which can be booked for 2-hour periods, up to 2 weeks in advance. Postal and personal enquiries welcome. Open: Mon.,Tue.,Thu.,Fri., 9am-7.30pm, Wed. & Sat., 9am.- 5pm. 
    (2) Ayrshire Archives, Craigie Estate, AYR, KA8 0SS Ayrshire, Scotland. 


  • BANFFSHIRE. SEE Aberdeenshire Council.

  • BEARSDEN & MILNGAVIE. SEE East Dunbartonshire.


  • BIGGAR Museum Trust
  • Moat Park Heritage Centre, Kirkstyle, Biggar ML12 6DT. Lanarkshire. 
    Tel. 01899-221050. 
    Entry: Adult-2 pounds, child-1 pound. Concession rates also. 
    Museums open: daily in summer, 10am-5pm; Sunday 2-5pm. 
    Office open: All year, Mon.-Fri.,9am-5pm. 
  • BLAIR CASTLE Archives,
  • Blair Atholl, Pitlochry, Perthshire PH18 5TL. 
    Tel.01796-481207, Fax.01796-481487. 
    The archive can be visited by prior appointment but only on weekdays. There is a charge for both visiting and obtaining written answers to enquiries, which varies depending on the nature and amount of information sought. 
  • BORDERS. See Scottish Borders Council.

  • BUTE Museum
  • Stuart Street, Rothesay PA20 0EP. 
    (1/4 mile from pier) has a library with many local archives. This is a small, privately run museum, registered as a charity. No telephone or fax, but postal queries are accepted. Visitors for research, by appointment with Hon. Librarian/archivist. 
    Entry charges: Adults-1 pound, O.A.P-60p, children-30p., 
    Open: Oct.-Mar., Tue.-Sat.: 2.30pm-4.30pm. Closed Sun. and Mon. 
    Apr.-Sep., Mon.-Sat.: 10.30am-4.30pm, Sun.: 2.30pm-4.30pm. 

  • North Highland Archive, Wick Library, Sinclair Terrace, Wick, Caithness KW1 5AB
    Tel: 01955-606432; Fax: 01955- 603000 
    Archivist: Brenda Lees, BA, Dip.Arch.; Archive Assistant:Trudi Mann. 
    Stock: Maps & plans, sasines, council archives and bodies such as customs and excise, harbour trusts; local business records and community organisations; letters and papers of local families, estate deeds, etc.; valuation rolls from 1878 and local newspapers from 1836; local OPRs and Census (1841-1891) on microfilm. 
    Holds a partial set of the Calendar of Confirmations and Inventories from1876-1936. 
    Established in 1995, the Archive covers the northern half of the Highlands, mainly Caithness & also Sutherland. Visitors will get introductory personal help, and access to the collections is free of charge, but requests for assistance by phone, mail, etc. are charged for as follows: 
    Genealogical research, including VAT, postage & processing, but not copies to be made - up to 1 hour £20(overseas £23); up to 2 hours - £35(£38); up to 3 hours £50(£53). Archival search is £15 per hour. 
    Open: Mon.,Tue.,Thu., Fri., 10am-1; 2-5pm; Wed., 10am-1pm. 
    Appointments usually neccessary, especially in summer. 
  • CENTRAL Region Archives. See Stirling Council Archives.

  • Alloa Library, 26/28 Drysdale Street, Alloa FK10 1JL. 
    Tel. 01259-722262, Fax. 01259-219469. 
    Local Studies library and the archives on the council site at
    Postal & personal callers. Basic searches by staff. List of local publications available. 

    CLYDEBANK. See: Dunbartonshire. West Dunbartonshire Libraries.

  • CLYDESDALE. See Lanarkshire. South Lanarkshire Libraries.

  • CUMBERNAULD & KILSYTH. See Lanarkshire. North Lanarkshire Council.

  • CUMNOCK & Doon Valley. See Ayrshire. East Ayrshire.

  • CUNNINGHAME: See Ayrshire. North Ayrshire Council.

  • DUMBARTON. See Dunbartonshire. West Dumbartonshire Libraries.

  • (1) Dumfries & Galloway Libraries. Ewart Library, Catherine St., Dumfries DG1 1JB. 
    Open: Mon-Wed, Fri 10-7.30; Thur, Sat. 10-5. Wheelchair access. 
    Tel.01387-253820/252070, Fax.01387-260294. 
    E-Mail: Libs&
    (2) Dumfries & Galloway Archives, Archive Centre, 33 Burns St., Dumfries DG1 2PS. 
    Tel.01387-269254, Fax.01387-264126. 
    E-Mail: Libs&
    List of small publications available, the most useful for genealogists being "Ancestor Hunting in Dumfries Archive Centre" and "Source List 7: For Genealogists", plus supplement. Genealogical research cannot be undertaken by the archivist, and other postal enquiries must be specific. Personal callers welcome, but a booking must be made in advance stipulating whether a microfilm/microfiche reader is required. No charges but donations welcomed. 
    Opening hours: Monday-closed;Tues.,Wed., & Friday, 11am-1pm,2pm-5pm; Thursday: evening only, 6pm-9 p.m. Book in advance.Wheelchair access. 
    (3) Dept. for Community Resources. Stewartry Museum, Council offices, High St., Kirkcudbright DG6 4JG. 
    Tel. 01557-331643, Fax. 01557- 330005. 
    Research service available by post; charged at 15 pounds per hour, with estimate beforehand. 
    Open: Monday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm, but an appointment should be made in advance. 

  • Dunbartonshire. EAST DUNBARTONSHIRE Cultural Services.
  • (1) Brookwood Library, 166 Drymen Road, Bearsden G61 3RJ. 
    Tel.0141-942-6811. Fax.0141-943-1119. 
    Postal enquiries answered free of charge, unless extensive photocopying required. Local booklets for sale, plus free leaflets on services. 
    Open: Mon.- Fri. 10am-8pm, Sat. 10am-5pm. 
    (2) William Patrick Library, Reference dept., Camphill Avenue, Kirkintilloch, Glasgow G66 1DW. 
    Free leaflet on local history services. Postal enquiries accepted, if not too involved. Personal callers get preference. No charges.
    Open: Mon.,Tue.,Thu.,Fri., 9.30am - 8pm; Wed. 9.30am - 1pm, 2pm-5pm; Sat. 9.30am - 1pm. 

  • Dunbartonshire. WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE Libraries.
  • Local Studies & Genealogy Section, Dumbarton Public Library, Strathleven Place, Dumbarton G82 1BB. 
    Tel. 01389-733273, Fax. 01389-733018. 
    Note: Now includes former Clydebank District, but Helensburgh is now in Argyll & Bute. Postal enquiries accepted. No charge if easily answered from indexes, etc., but local studies librarians will charge 8 pounds 50p per hour where the enquiry involves searching unindexed material. Publication: "Lennox Links"- guide to genealogical resources in Dumbarton District, includes detailed census holdings list. 
    Opening times: Mon.,Wed.,Fri.: 9.30am - 5.00pm; Tues.,Thur.: 9.30am - 8.00pm; Sat.: 10.00am - 5.00 pm 
    See also: Alexandria Heritage Centre.

  • (1) Archive & Record Centre, 21 City Square, Dundee DD1 3BY. 
    Tel.01382-434494.  Fax  01382 434666 
    Email :
    With the origins of the medieval burgh traceable to the 12th  century, Dundee City Archives hold civic records from 1327,  and local private family records from the 15th century, as well as substantial collections of modern maritime and business  records from the Victorian industrial boom years. You are  welcome to book a visit in person or we can put you in touch with local professional genealogists whom you can commission to carry out a  search for you. 
    Visitors, by appointment, come to 1 Shore Terrace, at rear of City Square. Callers can consult archives free of charge. 
    Outline list available. Postal enquiries to City Square. 
    Open: Mon.-Fri., 9.15am-1pm;2pm-4.45pm, by appointment. 

    (2) Local Studies Department, Central Library,Wellgate Centre,  Dundee DD1 1DB.
    Tel.01382-434377, Fax.01382-434036. 
    The Local Studies Department of Dundee Central Library (above the Wellgate shopping centre) has an extensive collection of newspapers, directories, photographs and maps. The Family History Collection includes the IGI for Scotland, as  well as old parish registers and census returns for the  Dundee area. Among other holdings are the Wighton Collection of Scottish national music. 
    At present there is no charge for enquiries. 
    Local Studies open: Mon.,Tue.,Fri.,Sat. 9.30am-5pm; Wed. 10am-7pm; Thu. 9.30am-7pm. 

  • DUNDEE UNIVERSITY Library and Archives.
  • The Archivist, Dept. of Archives and Manuscripts, University of Dundee, Tower Building, Dundee DD1 4HN. 
    Tel.01382-344095, Fax.01382-345523. 
    Internet WWW site :
    Telnet access to catalogue : Telnet
    Wheelchair access. 

  • DUNFERMLINE: See Fife Council, West Fife Area.

  • EAST KILBRIDE. See Lanarkshire, South.

  • East Lothian: DUNBAR & District History Society.
  • Town House, Dunbar, East Lothian EH42 1ER. 
    Tel. 01368-863734. 
    Website likely in 1997. 
    The Society has around 1200 photographs, on public display, plus other local history material which is held with access restrictions. Normally only members, by arrangement, have access to the Society's holdings. Research:in person only. Monthly talks/lectures from Sept.-March. Membership is already at maximum, but annual 
    membership: 3 pounds (individual), 5 pounds (family). 
    Display open: April-October, daily, 12.30-4.30. Weekends only, during winter months. 
  • EAST LOTHIAN COUNCIL Library Service.
  • Local History Centre, Haddington Library, Newton Port, Haddington EH41 3NA. 
    Tel.01620-823307, Fax.01620-822531. 
    Postal enquiries accepted only for quick searches for specific information. No charge made. Personal callers can reserve 3 hours at microfiche/film reader in advance. Useful leaflet on the Local History Centre's material. 
    Centre open: Mon. 2pm-6pm; Tues. 10am-1pm,2pm-7pm; Thur. 2pm-7pm; Fri. 2pm-5 pm. 
  • EASTWOOD District Libraries. See Renfrewshire. East Renfrewshire Council.

  • EDINBURGH CITY Archives,
  • Dept. of Corporate Services, The City of Edinburgh Council, City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1YJ. 
    Tel.0131-529-4290, Fax.0131- 529-4957. 
    Closely specified postal enquiries accepted, plus personal callers (by appointment on first visit). 
    Open: Mon.-Thu. 9am-1pm;2pm-4.30pm, closed Fridays. 
  • EDINBURGH. The City of Edinburgh Council. Recreation. Libraries Division:
  • Scottish Department and Edinburgh Room, Central Library, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EG. 
    Tel. 0131-225-5584, Fax. 0131-225-8783.
    Postal enquiries: limited to specific queries. No charge made. Personal callers welcome but may have to wait to use microfilm viewers - no booking system available. Both departments have microfilm reader/printers. 
    Open: Mon.-Fri. 9am-9pm; Sat.9am-1pm. 
  • EDINBURGH: General Register Office for Scotland,
  • New Register House, Edinburgh EH1 3YT. 
    Tel.0131-334-0380, Fax.0131-314-4400. 
    World Wide Web:
    A small selection of publications relating to searches is for sale at the counter. Free general advisory leaflet (S1) and list of fees (S3). Searches by staff; Personal searches: self-service access by using microfilm and microfiche copies of the original records. Seats may be reserved, and it is advisable to make a booking if travelling any distance to Edinburgh. Details of booking arrangements can be obtained be telephone (direct line 0131-314-4433). If not booked, arrive at 9 am or earlier to have a good chance of a seat. Charges: see leaflets S2, S3. Postal enquiries: pay by cheque, postal order, Visa or Mastercard, not cash. Purchase: copies of census records 1841-1891 on 35 mm. microfilm are available for purchase through the Microfilm Unit, room 15 (direct line 0131-314-4425). Films are only sold as complete reels of up to 100 ft, and often contain more than one enumeration district on the reel. Ask for quotation. Supply can take some time for larger orders. 
  • Edinburgh: NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF SCOTLAND. See The National Archives of Scotland.

  • Special Collections Dept., George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LJ. 
    Tel.0131-650-8379, Fax.0131-650-6863. 
    Internet WWW site:
    Opening times: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm during vacation; Mon-Thu 9am- 6pm, Fri 9am-6pm in term time. Closed at weekends. Members of the public may acquire a consultation card (free), but are advised to telephone in advance. 
  • ETTRICK & LAUDERDALE. See Scottish Borders.

  • FALKIRK Council. Community & Leisure Services.
  • Falkirk Library, Hope Street, Falkirk FK1 5AU. 
    Tel.01324-503608. Grangemouth Library, Bo'ness Road, Grangemouth FK3 8AG. 
    Both hold local OPR and 1841-1891 census microfilm, plus Index to Falkirk Herald on microfiche. 
    Both open: Mon.,Tue.,Thur. 9.30am-8pm; Wed.,Fri.,Sat. 9.30am-5pm. 
    Postal enquiries, for specific queries only - no research - to: Falkirk Council Library Services, Library Support, Victoria Buildings, Queen Street, Falkirk FK2 7AF, 
    who will advise on cost. 
  • FALKIRK Council Archives.

  • Falkirk Museums History Research Centre, Callendar House, Callendar Park, Falkirk FK1 1YR.
    Tel. (search room): 01324-503779, Fax.01324-503771 
    Open Mon-Fri 10-12.30, 1.30-5 
    No OPRs or Census, but hold records of former Stirling Councty Council. 
    Holds: 26,000 photos, indexed for known persons and places; valuation rolls for Grangemouth,1886-1966 (gaps); Falkirk 1901-1974; and other local authority records; school log books and registers; somelocal newspapers in microfilm; trades index; family papers - Forbes of Callendar; James Love collection. 

  • (1) - Central Area: Local History Department, Central Library, War Memorial Grounds, Kirkcaldy, Fife KY1 1YG. 
    Tel.01592-412879. Fax.01592-646125. 
    List available of census & OPR held. Booking system (max. 3 hours) for microfilm readers - arrange by phone, letter, or in person. Postal & Tel. enquiries. Publication, "Family History Sources in Kirkcaldy Central Library", by Sheila Campbell, price 2 pounds. Open: Mon.-Thur., 10am - 7pm; Fri.,Sat., 10am-5pm. 
    FIFE COUNCIL (2)- East Fife Area: Cupar Library, 33-35 Crossgate, Cupar KY15 5AS. 
    Tel.01334-653001 (Featurenet Number 01334- 412285) 
    Kingsbarns, Postal enquiries - research charge 10 pounds per hour. Personal callers - book in advance for use of microfilm reader. Family history leaflet. 
    Cupar Library open: Mon., Tues., Wed., Fri., 10am-7pm; Thurs.,Sat., 10am-5pm. 
    FIFE COUNCIL (3) - West Fife Area. Local History Dept., Dunfermline Library, Abbot Street, Dunfermline, Fife KY12 7NW 
    Tel.01383-723661, Fax.01383-624708. 
    No booking needed. No open-ended genealogical research, but postal enquiries for specific items will be dealt with where possible. 
    Library open: Mon.,Tues.Thurs.,Fri., 10am-7pm, Wed.,Sat., 10am-5pm. 

  • (1) Glasgow City Archives, Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow G3 7DN. 
    Tel.(direct line)0141-227-2401; Fax.0141-226-8452. 
    New leaflets in preparation. 
    Open: Mon.-Thur. 9.30am-4.45pm, Fri. 9.30am-4pm and at other times (e.g. Saturday) by prior arrangement. Closed weekends and public holidays 

    CITY OF GLASGOW COUNCIL. (2) Libraries Department. Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow G3 7DN, Tel.0141-287-2938, Fax.0141-287-2815. 
    Staff will assist readers with personal enquiries and answer telephone and letter enquiries, but only to a limited extent. 
    Open: Mon.-Fri. 9am-9pm, Sat.9am-5pm. Closed Sundays and public holidays. 

    CITY OF GLASGOW COUNCIL (3). Strathclyde Genealogy Centre, 22 Park Circus, Glasgow G3 6BE. 
    Tel.0141-249- 4552. 
    Operated under the Chief Executive's Department (Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages). Booking - do by phone - is essential as each person is allocated a microfiche/film reader for their exclusive use and will share access to the Index Link in Edinburgh. 12 places available daily; Nov.-Apr., 10 by pre-booking and 2 "on spec"; May to Oct., 8 by pre- booking and 4 "on spec". No reserved car parking, but 10 min. walk from Charing Cross car park, and tube station. Search policy is "self-service" and must be for genealogy purposes or the proving of a will. Staff CANNOT undertake searches on behalf of postal or telephone customers. Information pamphlet currently being revised for reprinting. 
    Open:Mon. to Fri., 9.30am - 4pm. 
  • Glasgow: Strathclyde University: See Strathclyde

  • Glasgow University Archives & Business Records Centre, University of Glasgow, 77-81 Dumbarton Road, Glasgow, G11 6PP. 
    Tel: 0141-330-4543/5516/6494 or 4159 Fax: 0141-330-4158. 
    E-mail: or
    The Business Record Centre is situated in Thurso Street, off Dumbarton Road.E-mail:
    The Archives hold the records of the University back to its foundation in 1451. The Business Record Centre has important collections, e.g. shipbuilding, heavy engineering, sugar refining, as well as a brewing archive. 
    The Greater Glasgow Health Board Archive holds records of hospitals of Glasgow area and Paisley. Notice is required for consultation. Tel: 0141-330-8497,
    For all archives, a first visit must be by appointment. 
    Open: Mon. to Fri., 9.30-5.00 (Thur. 9.30-8.00). 
  • Grampian Regional Archives: See Aberdeen City Archives.

  • Hamilton: See Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire Libraries.

  • The University Archive, Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton, Edinburgh EH14 4AS. 
    Tel.0131-449-5111, ext.4064/4140, Fax.0131-451-3164. 
    Internet WWW site: or 
    Postal enquiries. Personal visits by appointment. (Tel.0131-449-5111, ext. 4064). 
  • Highland Council Archive, Cultural and Leisure Services, Inverness Library, Farraline Park, Inverness IV1 1NH. 
    Tel.01463-220330, Fax.01463-711128. 
    Highland Archive open: Mon.- Thur., 10 am-1pm & 2pm-5pm, visitors are by appointment. 
    Genealogy Centre at same address.  Genealogist in residence provides 10-minute introduction to sources and guidance in use of records free. Detailed consultations and answering of enquiries are charged at the rate of 12 pounds per hour, up to 3 hours for visitors (all of the above by appointment only). Postal enquiries are charged at 17 pounds for the first hour, 29 pounds for up to 2 hours, and 41 pounds up to 3 hours (payable in sterling only). The charges are inclusive of V.A.T., postage and processing but not include photocopies. Prices may change. 
    Tel. 01463-23463, ext. 9 or 01463-220330, ext. 9; Fax: 01463-711128. 
    Genealogy Centre open Mon.- Fri., 9 am- 5 pm. 

  • Watt Library, 9 Union St., Greenock PA16 8JH.
    Tel.01475-715628. FAX 01475-712334 
    General access, and postal queries welcomed. 
    Open: Mon. & Thur. 2pm-5pm, 6pm-8pm; Tue. & Fri. 10am- 1pm, 2pm-5pm; Wed. & Sat. 10am-1pm. 
  • KILMARNOCK & LOUDEN. See East Ayrshire.

  • KINCARDINESHIRE. See Aberdeenshire.

  • KIRKCALDY. See Fife Council - Central Area.

  • E.A.Hornel Art Gallery and Library, Broughton House, 12 High Street, Kirkcudbright DG6 4JX. 
    Property is now managed by the National Trust for Scotland. Admission: Adults - 2 pounds 10p, Concessions - 1 pound 40p, NTS members free. Home of the artist E.A. Hornel (1864-1933) who collected rare books and manuscripts, mainly local. 20,000-volume library. Research fees - 8 pounds first day, 5 pounds subsequent days; Students:50% reduction. Postal enquiries: brief enquiries - 2 pounds, fuller research enquiries - 8 pounds minimum, plus postage and photocopy charges. Postal enquiries preferred, but brief enquiries by unannounced visitors may be possible. 
    Open from Easter until 31st October as follows:(Library times) Mon.-Fri. 10am-1pm,2pm-4.30pm.(House & garden 1pm-5.30pm daily) 
  • KYLE & CARRICK. See Ayrshire. South Ayrshire Council.


  • Department of Leisure Services, Buchanan Tower, Buchanan Business Park, Stepps, Glasgow G33 6HR. 
    At late 1996, no decision yet taken regarding future location of local studies and family history material held by the former authorities of Cumbernauld & Kilsyth, Monklands, Motherwell, and part of Strathkelvin. Existing locations are:
    • 1. CUMBERNAULD & KILSYTH: Local Collection, Central Library, 8 Allander Walk, Cumbernauld G67 1EETel.01236-725664, Fax.01236-458350.

    • Postal enquiries to confirm an entry only, where location given. 
    • 2. MONKLANDS:
    • Local History Department, Airdrie Library, Wellwynd, Airdrie ML6 0AG. 
      Postal and tel. enquiries welcome.No charges. Publications: Free leaflets "Family History - Trace your Ancestors" and "Local history - a guide", which incorporates a list of local publications for sale. 
      Open: Mon.Tues.Thur.Fri., 9.30am-7.00pm; Sat. 9.30am- 5.00pm; Wed. 9.00-12.00. 
    • 3. MOTHERWELL:
    • Motherwell Library, Hamilton Rd., Motherwell ML1 3BZ. 
      Postal enquiries accepted. 
      Open: Mon.,Tue.,Thu.,Fri. 9am-7pm, Wed. 9am-noon, Sat. 9am-5pm.
    See also: Biggar Museum Trust
  • Archives, 10 Kelvin Road, Lenziemill, Cumbernauld. 
    Tel. 01236-737114. 
    Open: At present by appointment only. 

  • LANARKSHIRE, SOUTH LANARKSHIRE COUNCIL Libraries: Three centres in operation. See notes at end of (3).
  • (1) EAST KILBRIDE Central Library, The Olympia Centre, East Kilbride G74 1PG. 
    Tel. 01355-220046, Fax. 01355-229365. 
    Two film readers (no printouts), no booking system. 
    Open: Mon.,Tue.,Thur.,Fri., 9.00am-7.45pm; Wed., Sat.: 9.00am-5pm. 
    (2) HAMILTON Central Library, 98 Cadzow Street, Hamilton ML3 6HQ. 
    Tel.01698-452403, fax.01698-286334. 
    Three microfilm readers and two fiche readers. No booking system. 
    Open: Mon.,Tues.,Thur., 9.30am-7.30pm, Wed.,9.30am-1pm, Sat., 9.30am-5pm. 
    (3) LANARK Library, Lindsay Institute, Hope St., Lanark, ML11 7LZ. 
    Tel.01555-661144, Fax.01555-665884. 
    Three microfilm readers and one fiche reader available. No booking system. 
    Open: Mon.-Wed. & Fri. 9.30am-7.30pm, Thu. & Sat. 9.30am- 5pm. 
    Notes:New staff structure not finalised yet, so there may be alterations to some opening times in 1997. A location list of censuses and OPRs in South Lanarkshire Libraries is available in ALL of the local libraries. 
    Charges as follows: at Hamilton & Lanark only; genealogical and research enquiries - first half-hour free, then 7 pounds per half-hour, applied to personal and letter enquiries. 
  • MIDLOTHIAN Libraries.
  • Local Studies Collection, Libraries H.Q., 2 Clerk St., Loanhead, Midlothian EH20 9DR. 
    Tel.0131-440-2210, Fax.0131-440-4635.
    Publication: useful leaflet "Local Studies Collection". Library reprints local books and maps, plus original works on local subjects. List available. Postal and personal callers. Microfilm & microfiche readers, plus reader/printers. 
    Open: Mon. 9am-5pm, 6pm-8pm; Tue.-Thur. 9am-5pm; Fri. 9am -3.45pm. 
  • MONKLANDS Libraries. See Lanarkshire. North Lanarkshire Council.

  • MORAY COUNCIL Archives: within Moray District Libraries.

  • MORAY COUNCIL Libraries.
  • Local Studies section, Grant Lodge, Cooper Park, Elgin IV30 1HS. 
    Free leaflet-"Tracing your roots in Moray" details resources. Personal callers welcomed. Postal enquiries - limited searches free, longer searches charged at £8.00 per hour. 
    Open Mon.-Fri. 9.30am-8pm, Sat.10am-noon. Evening hours likely to be reduced in 1997, so check with the library before visiting. 
  • MOTHERWELL. See Lanarkshire. North Lanarkshire Council.

  • H.M. General Register House, Princes Street, Edinburgh EH1 3YY. 
    Tel.0131-535-1334, Fax.0131-535- 1328. 
    Internet WWW site:
    Historical Search Room for consulting archives at this (main) site, and West Search Room at West Register House, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh (modern records, and maps and plans are among the materials here). Please note that census records 1841 onwards are all held by the Registrar General at New Register House, next door (See full entry under Edinburgh). 
    Free leaflets available include: "Facilities for historical research", "sources for Local History", and "Family History", detailing the types of records available and how they may be consulted. Apply in person (identification needed) for a reader's ticket, valid up to 3 years. As many records are no longer stored centrally, and may have to be brought into the city centre search rooms, give prior notice of material you wish to consult. In search rooms, use official call slips to ask for material, after using indexes, to identify items required. The items will be brought to your seat. All baggage must be left at reception. No smoking, eating, drinking. No ink or ball-point pens allowed. 
    Postal enquiries accepted if specific, eg. will of one person, or sources for a subject. Also requests for photocopies readily identifiable. 
    Search fees may be charged, and photocopies will be charged for. 
    Open: Mon.-Fri. 9am-4.45pm, except some public holidays. The Historical and West Search Rooms are also closed for a period of stocktaking in late autumn (usually in November). Please enquire before you visit. 
  • NATIONAL LIBRARY of Scotland.
  • Department of Manuscripts, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EW. 
    Tel. 0131-226-531 & 0131-459-4531, Fax. 0131-220-6662. 
    Internet web page or
    The library does not have staff to handle detailed postal enquiries, or offer much assistance to personal callers, but there are catalogues available to consult. General leaflet on the Dept. No charges. 
  • NORTH EAST FIFE: See Fife Council.

  • NORTH EAST OF SCOTLAND Library Service. See Aberdeenshire Library & Information Service.

  • ORKNEY Islands Council.
  • Archives Dept., The Orkney Library, Laing Street, Kirkwall KW15 1NW. 
    Tel.01856-873166, ext.24 or 25.
    Postal enquiries for specific items only. Personal visits by appointment. 
    Open: Mon.-Fri. 9am-1pm, 2pm-4.45pm. 
  • PERTH & KINROSS COUNCIL. Leisure and Cultural Services Department:
  • Libraries and Archives Division. A.K. Bell Library, York Place, Perth, PH2 8EP. 
    Tel. 01738-444949, Fax. 01738-477010. Local Studies Dept.:01738-477062. 
    Charges for use of microfilm: 1 pound per hour for those living outwith Perth & Kinross District. Library accepts postal queries, but makes a research charge of 11 pounds 50p per hour for all enquiries originating outside the library authority's area. 
    Library open: Mon.-Wed. 9.30am-5pm;Tue., Thu. & Fri. 9.30am-8pm; Sat. 9.30am-4pm. 
    Archives Dept. at same address. Tel.01738-477022. 
    Archive open: Mon.-Fri. 9.30am-5pm. 

  • Cultural Services, Eastwood Park, Rouken Glen Road, GLASGOW G46 6UG. 
    Incorporates former Eastwood District Council. 
    Open: Mon. 2pm-8pm; Tue. 10am-5pm; Wed. 10am-8pm; Thur. 10am-5pm; Fri. 2pm-8pm; Sat. 10am-5pm. 
  • Paisley Museum (NOT Library), High Street, Paisley PA1 2BA. 
    Specific postal and/or telephone enquiries dealt with as quickly as possible. Microfilm & microfiche resources are in the museum, and IGI on cd-rom is in the Central Library: next door, and part of the same council. 
    Open: Mon-Fri., 10am-4.45pm, and by special arrangement on Sat. at same times. Pre-booking is essential (sessions 10-1.30;1.30-4.45; or full day). 
  • North Street, St. Andrews, Fife KY16 9TR. 
    Tel. 01334-462324, Fax. 01334-462282. 
    Internet WWW site: or
    Postal enquiries accepted. Personal visits recommended for complicated inquiries - appointments advised. No charges for access. Search policy: a simple search will be made on request, and personal assistance will be given to visitors. Time-consuming research must be carried out by the researcher in person or by an agent. 
    Open: Mon.-Fri.: 9am-5pm; Sat.(termtime only): 9am- 12.15pm. 

  • (1) Scottish Borders Archive & Local History Centre - The Heritage Hub. 
    The collections at the Heritage Hub include: 
    1. a collection of Lieutenancy rolls for Berwickshire, Roxburghshire and Selkirkshire. These date from c. 1797 and include lists of men, organised by parish, who were balloted to serve in the militia. The SCAN website provides further details on this collection; their catalogue may be accessed at: 
    2. a few early valuation rolls for burgh of Selkirk e.g. 25th June 1712 valuation roll (ref:D/4/6/1) and the 24th July 1712 roll (ref:D/4/6/2). Also Selkirk valuation rolls for 1712 and 1714 (D/4/11/4 and 5). Plus, the valuation records for Edrington Castle for 1824 (SBA/74/3); and the valuation book for the county of Roxburghshire (Hawick, Jedburgh and Cavers areas) for 1811 (SBA/257/1). 
    3. The Hub holds photocopies of Poll Tax records for Selkirk, 1614-1615 (D/4/11/1) and 1694 (D/4/11/2). Also held: photocopies of cessation rolls for Selkirk for 1715 and 1721 (D/4/11/6 and 7). 
    4. Monumental Inscription booklets provided by the Borders Family History Society contain significant material in addition to monumental inscriptions for the particular parish that they are concerned with. Most volumes include a Hearth Tax list, War Memorial inscriptions, a list of Kirk ministers, and many have a militia list. Further details regarding this resource may be found at 
    Everyone is welcome to visit the archives. Visitors to the Hub will benefit from a comfortable searchroom with capacity for twenty researchers. When you visit the archive for the first time you will be asked to register: please bring two forms of identification, one of which must be photographic. Booking in advance for research space is advised. Opening Times:Monday 10am - 4:45pm;Tuesday 10am - 7:45pm;(Wednesday pre-arranged tours etc. only);Thursday 10am - 7:45pm;Friday 10am - 4:45pm;Saturday 10am - 4:45pm (closed 1-2pm). Contact: Heritage Hub,Kirkstile,Hawick TD9 0AE Phone: 01450 360 699 Email: (11/07) 
    (2) Hawick Museum, Wilton Lodge Park, Hawick, Roxburghshire TD9 7JL. 
    Tel. 01450-373457. 
    Unable now to offer an enquiry service. Researchers wishing to do their own searches, by appointment only, are charged the standard admission rate. 
    Museum open: April-Sep.,Mon.-Fri. 10am-12noon, 1pm-5pm;Sat/Sun. 2pm-5pm. Oct-Mar.,Mon.-Fri. 1pm-4pm, Sat. closed, Sun. 2pm-4pm. 
    (3) Museum & Gallery Service, Municipal Buildings, High Street, Selkirk TD7 4JX. 
    Tel.01750-20096, Fax.01750-23282. 
    Consultation of archives by appointment.No entry fee. 
    Open: Mon.-Thur., 9am-5pm, Fri., 9am-3.30pm. 
  • Columbia House, 16 Drummond Place, Edinburgh EH3 6PL. 
    Roman Catholic registers are kept by the local dioceses and at the NAS. But the Archive is now able to accommodate genealogical enquiries
  • Garnethill Synagogue, Glasgow 
    Contact: Harvey L. Kaplan, M.A, 1/L 11 Millwood Street, Glasgow, G41 3JY. 
    The centre collects a wide range of materials relating to the history of Jewry in Scotland, with computer database of over 17,600 Jews in Scotland up to 1945. Includes cemetry records. The collection is catalogued on computer. 
    Genealogical enquiries are welcome, although charges may be made.. 
    Open: 1 Sunday Afternoon per month 2-4pm. Other visits, Friday moring by appointment only. 
  • SHETLAND Archives,
  • 44 King Harald Street, Lerwick ZE1 0EQ. 
    Tel.01595-696247, Fax.01595-696533. 
    E-mail address: Only basic enquiries answered by post. Contact in advance of visits preferable but not essential. 
    Open: Mon.-Thu., 9am-1pm, 2pm-5pm; Friday 9am-1pm, 2pm-4pm. Saturday closed. 
  • SHETLAND Library,
  • Lower Hillhead, Lerwick ZE1 0EL. 
    Tel.01595-693868, Fax.01595-694430. 
    Opening Times:Mon, Wed, Fri 10am-7pm, Tue, Thu Sat 10 am - 5pm. 
  • SKYE:
  • Clan Donald Centre, Armadale, Ardvasar, Isle of Skye IV45 8RS. 
    Tel.(library) 01471-844389, Fax.01471-844275. 
    The Centre is open Easter to October, 7 days a week, 9.30am-5.00pm; outwith this period by appointment only. Access to Library and Study Centre included in general entrance ticket. 
    Research charges for postal enquiries: 12 pounds plus VAT per hour. Access to the Archives restricted to members of the Clan Donald Lands Trust. 

  • Unit 6, Burghmuir Industrial Estate, Stirling FK7 7PY. 
    Advance booking of microfilm reader/printer is recommended. 
    Open: Wed. - Fri., 10 am-12.30pm; 1.30 - 4.30 pm. 
    Research is charged at £17.00 per hour. 
  • Stirling Central Library, Corn Exchange Road, Stirling FK8 2HX. 
    Tel.01786-432107, Fax.01786-473094. 
    Phone in advance to ensure that a microfilm reader or reader/printer will be available. Charges for postal enquiries: first half-hour of staff time free, thereafter 10 pounds per hour payable in advance. 
    Open: Mon.,Wed.,Fri.:9.30am-5.30pm; Tue.,Thu.:9.30am-7pm; Sat.:9.30am-5pm; Sunday - closed. 
  • STRATHCLYDE Regional Archives. See Glasgow City Archives.


  • 16 Richmond Street, Glasgow G1 1XQ. 
    Tel.0141-552-4400, ext.2318. 
    Internet WWW site: or
    Note: From April 1993, Jordanhill College of Education became this University's Faculty of Education. Holds records of the institution and its antecedents (e.g. Anderson's Institution, 1796-1887;Glasgow Mechanics' Institution, 1823-1887; Alan Glen's School; Glasgow Athenaeum; Royal Technical College, etc.). Apart from a few earlier survivals, student records do not pre-date session 1888/89. Postal enquiries welcomed and usually answered within a week of receipt. Charge for searches in records arising from postal or other enquiries and exceedingone hour's duration: 15 pounds per hour, by arrangement with enquirer. Charges for photographic copies of university copyright items: from 15 pounds plus VAT. 
    Open: Mon.-Fri.9-5, by appointment. 
  • STRATHKELVIN. See East Dunbartonshire, but a small part is now in North Lanarkshire Council.


  • TAYSIDE Regional Archives. See Dundee District Council.

  • WEST LOTHIAN Libraries
  • Wellpark, Marjoribanks Street, Bathgate, West Lothian EH48 1AN. 
    Tel.01506-776336, Fax.01506-776345. 
    Postal enquiries accepted if specific dates and places given. Personal callers welcome, to do their own research. Range of local publications. 
    Open: Mon.-Thur., 8.30am-5pm; Fri.,8.30am-4pm; first Sat. of every month: 9am-1pm 

  • Stornoway Library, Keith St., Stornoway, Isle of Lewis HS1 2QG.
    Tel.01851-703064, Fax.01851-705657. 
    Community Library, Sgoil lionacleit, Liniclate, Personal callers welcomed at both. Postal enquiries may be referred to a professional genealogist. 

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