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Genealogy

If you have ever spoken to someone who has just discovered some intiguing aspect of a relative from long ago or family roots going back to Elizabethan times you understand why it has fast become a new pastime.

Edinburgh has excellent facilities for those new to genealogy and those more adept at the research. But what you will need is time and guidance from those who run the various services.

Browse through the links below and discover where you too can become imersed in family roots and learn the rudiments of genealogy

Archives are now accessed on computers

General Genealogy & Family History

This resource at New Register House is arguably the best national genealogical resource in the world with three sets of records for all ancestor hunters with one to for pre-1855. For a daily fee you get a desk, a computer terminal and a microfiche reader.

Also see the partnership between the General Register Office for Scotland and Scotland On Line, ScotlandsPeople is the official online source of parish register, civil registration and census records for Scotland. Click here >>

National Archives of Scotland

Wills and testaments , not just for the rich and famous, and Kirk Session records.  See the web site for guidance on using these services

Scottish Ancestor Soc, General Register Office and Ornate Monument in Greyfriars Kirk