Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy


Family History at the Mitchell

Archives and Special Collections in the Mitchell hold some unique resources for the family historian. You can use these to find out more about your ancestors and how they lived.

Beginners may find the information in ‘How to Research Your Family Tree’ helpful. This page contains advice on how to get started in your research.

Our records include:

Census returns for 1841 to 1901 for Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, Dunbartonshire, Ayrshire and Argyll and Bute (also Stirlingshire for 1901)
Parish registers (microfilm copies) for Glasgow and for parishes in Argyll and Bute, Ayrshire, Lanarkshire, Dunbartonshire and Renfrewshire from the 17th and 18th centuries
Poor Law archives for Glasgow and other areas in Strathclyde – providing unique information about paupers, their families and life in 19th and early 20th century Scotland
Church archives including large numbers of baptismal registers from before 1855
Admission archives for hundreds of schools, from 1873 onwards
Burgess Rolls for Glasgow from 1573
Details of local government employees, including the police and teachers
Membership archives of the Glasgow Incorporations of Trades such as the masons, wrights, gardeners, skinners, and others
Archives of property ownership – including registers of sasines for the Burgh of Glasgow from 1694 and from 1781 for others areas in Strathclyde
Voters and Valuation Rolls
Family and estate archives with information about the landed families and their tenants
Directories relating to Glasgow from 1783 until 1978

We are able to help with some enquiries remotely; if you have an enquiry about our collections or services, please contact us:

Archives and Special Collections
The Mitchell
North Street
G3 7DN
Phone: 0141 287 2910 or 287 2988
Fax: 0141 287 2815
E-mail :

Further information-see link on rhs

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