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Find your Scottish Ancestors

What will you discover on Scottish Indexes? Our family history indexes can help you unlock your past and discover your Scottish heritage. Visit our Learning Zone to discover hints and tips from our professional Scottish genealogists and discover new family history resources. Search our historical records to trace your Scottish genealogy and use our share features to collaborate with other researchers.

If you have a question at any stage just contact us by email, join us on Facebook or visit our help section.

Frequently Asked Questions about Scottish Indexes

What exactly do you have on your genealogy website?

We have a wide range of genealogy records from Census and birth, marriage and death records to prison records and Scottish Asylum records. You can find out exactly which records you are searching here on our coverage pages.

Is this really a free Scottish genealogy website?

As you can see, we have no login and our family history indexes are not behind a 'paywall'. Some of our records, such as the census, are a full transcription. Our indexes are free and we give the National Records of Scotland catalogue reference so that you can look at the original record for free. If you cannot visit the archive yourself and you want the full record, you can pay a small research fee and one of our genealogists will assist you to access the original. We can offer this because of people like you, family history researchers who volunteer to index records and sponsor our genealogists to index records.

I have an illegitimate ancestor, can you help?

There are no guarantees in genealogy but yes, we can often help. Our Sheriff Court paternity case index is the place to start but feel free to get in touch if you need some assistance.

Can you help me find criminal ancestors?

We can indeed and we love doing it. When our ancestors we struggling is often when we can find out more about them. Our prison indexes are the place to start. We still have more records to index so if you can't find what you are looking for contact us and Graham or Emma (our professional genealogists) will advise you how to proceed.

Do you take US Dollars, Canadian Dollars or Australian Dollars?

As the question highlights, we have customers from all over the world. We are also a small business. We bill in pounds but as we use PayPal as it is simple and straightforward for you to pay online from anywhere in the world.

Call me old-fashioned, but I like a book. Do you sell books?

When we began, all our indexes were sold as books! The world has now changed and there are obvious advantages to having online indexes and PDFs: but yes, we can still supply books. Visit our bookshop to see what genealogy books we have, and if you want a printed copy please contact us.

I am really stuck, can you help me trace my Scottish family history?

Yes we can. We have various packages. Please visit our research page to see some of the options.

How can I find Scottish Birth, Marriage and Death Records?

A major change happened in 1855. Before 1855 we usually use church records, and after 1855 we look at civil records. Our Learning Zone sections explain this in detail.

Database last updated on 30 October 2018 at 6:00 p.m. GMT

This update has added paternity cases from Wigtown Sheriff Court Processes for 1853-1855.

Remember that spellings in historical records can vary widely, so use wildcards to help you find your ancestors. See our help page for more information.

This box will search the occupation, residence, and birthplace whenever this information has been recorded in the original record. It does not search ages or years and does not bring back results from multiple fields (e.g. you can search for a village or county but not both at the same time). To search multiple fields use the Advanced Search or search by individual Record Set

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