Family Records and Archives
The starting point for your Scottish family history research will usually be found within the country's two foremost archival repositories - the ScotlandsPeople Centre and the National Archives of Scotland. Both are situated within adjacent buildings on Edinburgh's Princes Street.
The ScotlandsPeople Centre
The ScotlandsPeople Centre in Edinburgh holds a vast amount of records, many of them indexed and digitised. These include vital records (civil and parish), from 1553 to the present day; the decennial census from 1841 to 1901; The Public Register of All Arms and Bearings; Monumental Inscriptions; and many other major genealogical assets
The ScotlandsPeople Centre is open Mondays to Fridays from 9.00am to 4.30pm. Entry fee is £15.
The National Records of Scotland
If you live overseas, the NRS has very helpfully put its entire catalogue online at
The buildings are open between and , and access is free.