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Scottish Indexes Conference XVI - Saturday 12 March 2022 (update 13 March 2022)

We hope that you enjoyed our 16th conference. Registration is now open for our 17th Scottish Indexes Conference on Saturday 3 September 2022.


In March 2020 we had the crazy idea to host our first-ever virtual conference, with less than a month to plan. With so many of us in lockdown, we offered this conference for free and opened it up to everyone. We’re now planning our 16th conference! We’re not a big business (there are just two of us) and obviously it does take a lot of time and expense to host the conference, so we really appreciate your donations which enable us to keep these events free for everyone. If you’re not in a position to donate this time, please don’t feel bad. You can help by sharing our posts on social media, telling people about the event and by coming along and taking part. If you would like to donate to help cover the costs involved, here are some options:

You can help by sharing our posts on social media, telling people about the event and by coming along and taking part. If you would like to donate to help cover the costs involved, here are some options:

Scottish Indexes Conference Donation - £10 -
Scottish Indexes Conference Donation - £20 -
Scottish Indexes Conference Donation - £50 -

Handouts from Scottish Indexes Conference XVI

Emma has prepared the conference handout which includes information on all the presenters and many of the resources mentioned during the day. Download the PDF handout here.

Robert Urquhart has kindly prepared a handout for his presentation, ‘Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Will? – why Scottish wills and testaments are not that scary and how they can help you with your family history’ which is available here.

Registration Instructions

Zoom: Many of us are now more familiar with Zoom than we were in April 2020 when we held our first conference. We have now expanded our package so there is plenty of capacity if you would prefer to watch on Zoom. Click here to register on Zoom.

Facebook: This is an easy way to watch and interact with the presenters and attendees of the Scottish Indexes Conference. It is also possible to cast the conference to a smart TV which makes viewing more comfortable. Click here to join the Scottish Indexes Facebook Group.

Past Conferences

Our conference on 3 September 2022 will be our 17th free conference since April 2020. These events are designed to be interactive and are best watched live. Some presentations from previous conferences are available to watch again. Visit our Past Conferences page to see what you’ve missed so far and catch up with some of the presentations.

Scottish Genealogy Indexes

For over 20 years we have been publishing indexes to historical Scottish documents. It all started with the census, back in the days when it wasn’t online! Our indexes have expanded and now you can search our Scottish genealogy indexes on this website.

Of course, there is always more to do! We work with volunteers to index records and right now they are beavering away at the prison registers and other exciting projects. Would you like to volunteer?

Scottish Indexes Conference

Join fellow family historians to help us index records, you can index one page or 100 pages, it’s entirely up to you. Never done any indexing before? That’s OK, you will be given lots of help and anything you can do will be very much appreciated. We want to work together to index these amazing records that can help us all discover our ancestors.

To get involved please contact us and we will give you more information.

Another way to help us get more records online is to donate to our indexing projects, this pays for a genealogist to index more challenging records such as sasines, deeds and court records.

Indexing Donation - £5 -
Indexing Donation - £10 -
Indexing Donation - £20 -

Scottish Indexes Orders (update 26 August 2021)

Many of the items we have indexed are not affected by COVID as we have digital copies of the original records. This means that we can still process many orders within 24 hours. A few record sets are affected by the pandemic. If we cannot fulfill your order within three weeks we will email within a few hours to explain the situation.

The National Records of Scotland (NRS) have announced that they will reopen to all users (by appointment only) on 6 September 2021. After an 18-month closure the demand for seats will be very high as we and others are keen to get back into the archive to continue our research.

We will process orders by date, beginning with those placed in March and April 2020. If you have placed an order with us during the last 18 months and you have not received our regular COVID updates please contact us.

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Database last updated on 8 March 2022 at 11:50 p.m. GMT

This update has added 43,000 entries from Prison Registers from across Scotland.


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