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Welcome to ScotlandsPeople

The official Scottish genealogy resource

Welcome to ScotlandsPeople, one of the largest online sources of original genealogical information. If you are researching UK genealogy, your Scottish ancestry or building your Scottish family tree, we have almost 90 million records to look through.

From Scottish census records, Scottish wills, birth certificates and death certificates, we have a comprehensive choice of Scottish records to bring your Scotland ancestry to life. Build the complete picture of your Scottish ancestry with ScotlandsPeople.

We hope your visit will be enjoyable and that you are successful in connecting generations.

Features & latest news

New improved ScotlandsPeople website

Who Do You Think You Are? Live SECC Glasgow

The ScotlandsPeople Team will be at WDYTYA? Live at SECC Glasgow on 29th and 30th August. For more information, or to buy tickets for this exciting event, please follow this link.

Visiting the Scotlands People centre

Visiting ScotlandsPeople - The Centre

We have a family history centre in historic buildings in the heart of Edinburgh with over 90 search places, a shop, cafe, seminar facilities and library. Read more

Famous scots

Famous Scots - Are you related?

Find the records of the great and the good.

visit scotland

Visiting Scotland - A quick guide

Don't just learn about your Scottish heritage, live it!

Arnhem and Market Garden 17 September 1944 - 70th anniversary



As the 70th anniversary of the largest airborne assault in history approaches, we have created a list of participants who left wills that can be found in ScotlandsPeople. 

Release of the Soldiers' Wills

We’re delighted to announce that the Soldiers' Wills have been published on the ScotlandsPeople website.

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