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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

Our latest newsletter is now available!

A Danish researcher finds her Paisley-born ancestors and wonders about 'lost cousins', Sir William Ramsay and Helen Crawfurd highlighted in the 1871 and 1911 censuses, the 2016 line-up for 'Who Do You Think You Are?', family history events and news. Read more...
Visiting the ScotlandsPeople centre

Visiting the ScotlandsPeople Centre in Edinburgh

We have a family history centre in historic buildings in the heart of Edinburgh with over 80 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.

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Visiting Scotland - A quick guide

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

Stories of the Somme



The stories of six soldiers who were killed in action at the Somme on 1 July 1916.

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

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