United Kingdom & Ireland - Scotland

What’s in a Name

This site details the origin of personal names or first names. It lists name variations, pet names, diminutives and abbreviations that you may find on genealogical databases and old records. This developing site has begun with Scottish names but Gaelic…

Deceased Online

This is a central database for UK burials and cremations. The free name search returns full names, date and place of burial or cremation. Fees apply to access register scans or transcripts, grave photographs and location maps.  Currently there are…

Scottish Strays: Scottish Marriage Index

This index, by the Anglo Scottish Family History Society, can be searched by surname and (optionally) forename and will produce a listing of the details of each marriage in which a person of that name is identified as either bride…

Scotland BDM Exchange

This site provides a free resource for sharing details on civil and parish registrations in Scotland. A surname search is available. Currently 81,977 records are held.

The Gazetteer for Scotland

This geographical database features details of towns, villages, bens and glens. It also includes text from Francis Groome’s 19th century Ordnance Gazetteer for Scotland.

Addressing History

A searchable, historical database of the people of Edinburgh, Scotland. This project has combined data from digitised historical Scottish Post Office Directories with historical maps. The project has focused on three eras of Edinburgh mapping and Post Office Directories (1784-1785;…

ScotlandsPlaces

ScotlandsPlaces offers placename searches across databases from Historic Environment Scotland, National Records of Scotland and National Library of Scotland. Enter a place name into the search box or select a county from the map or list. Some of the extensive…

National Library of Scotland

National Library of Scotland The Digital Gallery allows you to view digitised material from the collections including thousands of maps 1560-1928, medical history of British India, golf in Scotland 1457-1744, photographs and much more. There is also online access to…

Archives Hub

Use the Archives Hub to find unique sources for your research.  Search across descriptions of archives, including links to digital content, held at over 300 institutions across the UK.

Scottish Archive Network (SCAN)

This site links the catalogues of 52 archives in Scotland. The Research Tools include is an online Family History Guide, a Scots Currency Converter for pre 1707 pound Scots and detailedinformation on Scottish weights and measures. The Digital Archive offers…