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Family history resources at the National Archives of Scotland

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The National Archives of Scotland holds a number of records for family history research. The archives have records created by Scottish government from the 12th century until the present day, along with private records created by businesses, landed estates, families, courts, churches and other corporate bodies.

Among the most useful resources are:

  • Maps and plans - maps, plans, architectural and technical drawings from government departments, nationalised industries, transport systems, courts, churches, private and corporate bodies.
  • Local authority records - Valuation rolls for all Scottish counties and burghs 1855-1995; records of some burghs, county councils, justices of the peace and other local authorities.
  • Church records - Kirk session, presbytery and synod records for the Church of Scotland, Free Church, and various dissenting ('seceding') congregations; records of the Scottish Episcopal Church; copies of the records of baptisms, marriages and burials for Roman Catholics before 1855.

The National Archives of Scotland does NOT hold census returns, or birth, marriage and death records - these are kept at the General Register Office for Scotland.

National Archives of Scotland, 2 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH1 3YY; tel: 0131 535 1314; website.

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