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  Family History Societies of Scotland

Aberdeen & North-East Scotland

Promoting genealogy in the North East of Scotland

Alloway & Southern Ayrshire

Based in the South-West of Scotland, 3 miles south of the town of Ayr, the Society covers Alloway, the neighbouring areas and Southern Ayrshire.


Covering the Border counties of Roxburghshire, Berwickshire, Selkirkshire and Peeblesshire


Promotes and supports the study of genealogy and family history research within the historic area of Buchan.

Central Scotland

Promoting the study of family history in Central Scotland


Caithness Family History Society was formed in September 1999

Dumfries & Galloway

Dumfries & Galloway Family History Society covers the three counties of South West Scotland - Dumfriesshire, The Stewartry of Kirkcudbright and Wigtownshire

East Ayrshire

Comprising the former districts of Kilmarnock & Loudon and Cumnock & Doon Valley


Fife Family History Society, which was formed in 1989 aims to join together people with an interest in the research of their Fife ancestors.

Glasgow & West of Scotland

Promoting the study of family history in Glasgow and the west of Scotland


The Society is based at the Highland Archive and Registration Centre at Bught Park, Inverness.


We're here to help people research their family history primarily in Lanarkshire's parishes, in addition we also hold information on other areas of Scotland.

Lochaber & North Argyll

Set up in 2005 to help people trace family roots in the Lochabar Area


Lothians Help

Moray& Nairn

Founded in 2009 to help people discover their roots

North Ayrshire

The North Ayrshire Family History Society (formerly Largs & North Ayrshire FHS) was formed in 1988. Its aim is to promote the study of family history in the Local Government Authority Area of North Ayrshire

North Perthshire

North Perthshire Family History Group, formed in 2002, is located in Pitlochry, Perthshire.


The Orkney Family History Society has an office in the Orkney Library & Archive, and is usefully located next to the Archives.


Promoting family history in the area covered by the old county of Renfrewshire


The Society has created a focus for the wide Shetland Diaspora

Tay Valley

Main centre for family history research in the Tay Valley area

Troon & Ayrshire

The Troon @ Ayrshire Family History Society founded in 1989 has built up a wide range of knowledge on the people of Dundonald and the other parishes in South Ayrshire.

West Lothian

The Society was formed in November 2000 to assist those researching family history and genealogy throughout the county.



We can help you discover and learn lots of information and skills to help you trace your family history. If you're a family history novice, read our getting started page to learn how to begin your genealogy journey.

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