Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy


An introduction to Scottish family history

This section is a general guide to starting family history research.

The National Library of Scotland has a wide range of genealogical resources that may interest you. These pages provide a brief overview of some of the types of material we have available.

Our page of frequently asked questions might help if you are not sure where to begin. If you still can’t find what you are looking for in this section, please contact us. For English, Irish or Welsh family history material, please see our useful links page. for more click here

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