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Scottish Association of Family History Societies
Below are a list of links to websites to help with your research. We are happy to add relevant links. 
The Lothians Family History Society is not responsible for the content of external internet sites, and inclusion of an external link does not constitute an endorsement of the content, products or services found at the destination.
Our Public Records (Europe) - https://ourpublicrecords.org/europe-family-records/
Genuki Midlothian                                                       Information on libraries, cemeteries, etc
Genuki East Lothian                                                     Information on libraries, cemeteries, etc
John Gray Centre                                                         Tracing your Family Tree in East Lothian
Cyndis-list Midlothian Resources 
Cyndis-list east Lothian Resources  
Midlothian Archives                                                    Tracing your family Tree in Midlothian.
Scottish Mining Museum                                          Scottish Mining Heritage.
Lothian Health Service Archive                               Local records of NHS hospitals and other health-related material.
Lothians Places 
Bonnyrigg & Lasswade                                               Bonnyrigg & Lasswade Local History Society
Roslin                                                                                 Roslin Heritage Society
Temple                                                                             Temple Village Burial Site
Penicuik                                                                            Penicuik Papermaking
Dalkeith                                                                            Dalkeith Museum
Cousland                                                                          Cousland Smiddy
Aberlady                                                                          Aberlady Historical Society
Musselburgh                                                                  Musselburgh Museum
Edinburgh                                                                        Edinburgh Central Library
Edinburgh Burial Records
Edinburgh City Archives
Leith                                                                                   Leith Local History Society

General Resources
Scotlands People                                                          Official government source of genealogical data for Scotland.
Scotlands Places                                                            Maps, photographs and written records about your chosen place.
Family Search                                                                 Searchable records including the IGI.
SCRAN                                                                               Database of images, audio clips, video clips and 3D environments.
National Library of Scotland                                     Catalogues, databases and digital collections.
National Library of Scotland - Maps                      Extensive historical map collections .
National Records of Scotland                                   Records of Scotlands people & history.
Family History Societies 
Aberdeen & North-East Scotland                          Promoting genealogy in the North East of Scotland.
Alloway & Southern Ayrshire                                  Covering Alloway, the neighbouring areas and southern Ayrshire.
Borders                                                                             Covering the Border counties of Roxburghshire, Berwickshire, Selkirkshire and Peeblesshire.
Buchan                                                                              Family history Society of Buchan.
Caithness                                                                         promote an interest in genealogy in families originating from Caithness.
Central Scotland                                                            Promoting the study of family history in Central Scotland.
Dumfries & Galloway                                                  Encouraging the study of genealogy in the South West of Scotland.
East Ayrshire                                                                  Comprising the former districts of Kilmarnock & Loudon and Cumnock & Doon Valley.
Fife                                                                                     Brings together people with interest in the research of their Fife ancestors.
Glasgow & West of Scotland                                    Promoting the study of family history in Glasgow and the west of Scotland.
Highland                                                                           Based in Inverness, with its own library within Inverness Public Library.
Lanarkshire                                                                     To help people research their family history primarily in Lanarkshire's parishes.
Lothians                                                                            Providing local knowledge and information about the Lothian parishes.
Moray & Nairn                                                               Promote the study of genealogy and family history in Moray and Nairnshire.
North Perthshire Family                                            A recently formed group located in Pitlochry.
History Group
Orkney                                                                              Promoting family history in Orkney.
Renfrewshire                                                                 Promoting family history in the area covered by the old county of Renfrewshire.
Scottish Genealogy Society                                      Assist with research into Scottish family and local history.
Shetland                                                                           Brings together those studying family history in Shetland.
Tay Valley                                                                        Main centre for family history research in the Tay Valley area.
Troon & Ayrshire                                                          One of the smaller societies in Scotland, but very active.
West Lothian                                                                  Assist those researching family history and genealogy throughout the county of West Lothian.
Military Resources
Commonwealth War Graves Commission          Commonwealth War Graves.
The Long Long Trail                                                      Soldiers, units, regiments and battles of the British Army of the First World War.
Forces-War-Records                                                   Forces war records & military genealogy.

House History Links

Please see below a selection of links to the resources mentioned in the National Library of Scotland’s
House History presentation.

Maps Website Homepage: https://maps.nls.uk/
Guide to the Maps Website: https://maps.nls.uk/guide/
Find maps by location: https://maps.nls.uk/geo/find/
A Guide to the Map Finder: https://maps.nls.uk/geo/find/help.html
Town Plans: https://maps.nls.uk/towns/
Ordnance Survey Maps Overview and Lists: https://maps.nls.uk/os/
Gazetteers of Scotland: https://digital.nls.uk/gazetteers-of-scotland-1803-1901/archive/97491608
Outside the Library:
• Scotland’s Land Information Service: https://scotlis.ros.gov.uk/
• Dictionary of Scottish Architects: http://www.scottisharchitects.org.uk/

Digital Resources
National Library of Scotland Homepage - https://www.nls.uk/
Digital Resources - https://www.nls.uk/digital-resources/
Digital Gallery - https://digital.nls.uk/gallery/
Family History - https://digital.nls.uk/gallery/category/family-history
Scottish Places - https://digital.nls.uk/gallery/category/scottish-places
Social History - https://digital.nls.uk/gallery/category/social-history
Photography - https://digital.nls.uk/gallery/category/photography
From Shore to Shore - https://digital.nls.uk/learning/from-shore-to-shore/
Chalmers’ Caledonia - https://digital.nls.uk/chalmers-caledonia/archive/74466563
Scotia Depicta - https://digital.nls.uk/scotia-depicta/archive/74465058?mode=gallery
Slezer’s Scotland - https://digital.nls.uk/slezer/
Hutton Drawings - https://digital.nls.uk/hutton-drawings/archive/74466682
eResources - https://auth.nls.uk/eresources/
History, Biography and Genealogy eResources - https://auth.nls.uk/eresources/browse/subject/98

Using the Library in Person
To use the Library in person you’ll first need to join here - https://auth.nls.uk/join/
Once you have joined you’ll receive an email asking you to verify your email address – please click on
the link in this email. You’ll then need to create a password for your account here -
On your first visit to the Library you’ll need to bring proof of ID and address so you can be issued with
a Library card. Details of suitable documentation are available here - https://www.nls.uk/using-thelibrary/library-cards/evidence-of-identity/
Further instructions on joining the Library are available here - https://www.nls.uk/guides/how-toregister/
At present you will need to book a slot to visit the Library. This is due to the continued need for social
distancing, and as this has greatly reduced our capacity, reader’s are currently limited to one visit per
week. You can book your visit here - https://natlibscot.libcal.com/
If you wish to order items from our collections to consult on your visit you can do this via our online
catalogue Library Search - https://search.nls.uk/
Before your visit it is worth reading our reopening page to familiarise yourself with our Coronavirus
safety measures - https://www.nls.uk/reopening/
If you have any questions about your visit or about ordering collections items, please contact our
enquiries service. You can call us on 0131 623 3820, email enquiries@nls.uk
or fill out the
Ask A Question form on our website - https://auth.nls.uk/contact/ask-a-question/
We also run a live chat service from 10am-4pm Monday to Friday, for quick queries.

Outside the Library
National Records of Scotland - https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/
Scotland’s People - https://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/
Scotland’s Places - https://scotlandsplaces.gov.uk/
Historic Environment Scotland - https://www.historicenvironment.scot/
Canmore - https://canmore.org.uk/
Scottish Local History Directory - https://www.slhf.org/scottish-local-history-directory

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