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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

Kirk and Scott in the 1841 census?

Find out more about our incredible discovery.

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

ScotlandsPeople March Newsletter

Click here to see the ScotlandsPeople March Newsletter.

visit scotland

Visiting Scotland - A quick guide

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

Dr Pritchard the Glasgow Poisoner



Find out more about Dr Edward Pritchard, and our chilling discovery in the Valuation Rolls.

Helen Govan and the message in a kilt



Can you help piece together Helen's family story? Find out more about this fascinating find.

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