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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 more than 100 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

Famous scots

Military Service Appeals Tribunal records go online

Details of around 6,000 men who appealed against conscription are now online. Click here to find out more about these remarkable records. 
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

New improved ScotlandsPeople website

Upcoming Events at the National Records of Scotland

Find out more about upcoming family history events at the National Records of Scotland.

visit scotland

Visiting Scotland - A quick guide

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

Release of Military Service Appeals Tribunal Records

Read our fascinating case studies of men who appealed their military service.

Release of Deaths of Seamen Records

A complete record of the deaths of Scottish seafarers from late Victorian times until 1974 are now available to search. Read more

Quintinshill Railway Disaster

The disastrous railway crash at Quintinshill on 22 May 1915 is commemorated in a new feature at National Records of Scotland.

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