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National Records of Scotland


2 Princes Street


0131 535 1314


0131 535 1328




The National Records of Scotland was created on 1 April 2011 by the amalgamation of the National Archives of Scotland (NAS) and General Register Office for Scotland (GROS). National Records of Scotland (NRS) combines the work of the two bodies, including the ScotlandsPeople family history website and centre. The new website is under construction but until this is ready please access the sites of the two former organisations.

All family research takes place at the Scotlands People Centre in Edinburgh which provides access to GROS digitised material along with records from the National Archives of Scotland and the Court of the Lord Lyon.

The National Archives of Scotland holds the records of the pre-1707 Scottish crown, parliament and government as well as the records of the post-1886 Scottish Office and Scottish Government. The Doing research section of the website advises users of what records are held at NAS and what records are not. The section also has links to a series of research guides and links to the NAS catalogues and indexes.

Specifically they hold:

§  Probate records including testaments and inventories from 1500-1993 with digitised copies up to 1901 available at ScotlandsPeople.

§  Poor relief records.

§  Registers of deeds and sasines.

§  Services of heirs.

§  Court records including records of the Court of Session, the High Court of Justiciary, sheriff courts (including adoption records) and commissary courts.

§  Tax records.

§  Apprenticeship indentures.

§  Militia records.

§  Kirk session records other than the baptism, marriage and burial registers. Most Church of Scotland registers are held by the General Register Office for Scotland. Other church records include Kirk session, presbytery and synod records for the Church of Scotland; records from the Free Church and various dissenting or 'seceding' congregations; records of the Scottish Episcopal Church and copies of the records of baptisms, marriages and burials for Roman Catholics before 1855.

§  Valuation rolls for all Scottish counties and burghs from 1855 to 1995

§  Map collection including maps, plans, architectural and technical drawings from government departments, nationalised industries, transport systems, courts, churches, private and corporate bodies.