Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy


Dundee Registrar’s Genealogy Unit

The City Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages has created a special unit to provide a customised genealogical service to people wishing to research their family tree. Searchers are now able to conduct their research in separate, comfortable surroundings at 89 Commercial Street, Dundee and are assured of the personal attention of a qualified registrar to assist in the search.

The registrar will trace all entries where possible, withdraw the registers for scrutiny and enter the details into a family database. If your family was from the Dundee area it is possible for us to trace your family back to the late 18th century and provide you with a family tree and comprehensive report of each entry that is traced. The staff can also trace descendants of your early family and provide you with links to surviving relatives.

A computerised link has been established to the National Indexes at New Register House, Edinburgh and searchers will find this invaluable in tracing events where little information is known. The Department has also added to the statutory records which it holds for Dundee and Angus and has acquired a complete set of Census and Old Parish Records for Tayside.

Searches may be conducted from Tuesday to Thursday, between 9.30 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. or 2.30 p.m. – 4.30 p.m. at the cost of £30 per session. This fee will include a family tree and a full report of the family members traced. Please note that due to the popularity of this service, it is advisable to book a personal search in advance. Postal and e-mail applications will also be accepted for an initial fee of £30 and applications are usually dealt with within a period of two weeks. If you wish the staff to deal with your request by e-mail or post, please include all relevant family details, your Visa/Mastercard details (or cheque) and any specific instructions that you may have. You can also request and pay for a search using the online genealogy request form.

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