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Scottish Genealogy Research

Are you eager to start tracing your Scottish heritage but you don’t know where to begin? Head over to our Scottish Genealogy Learning Zone and take a look at our getting started guide. We have links to the major websites you will need, special offers and tips to get you started.

On our Scottish Indexes website, you will find a great variety of records to help you trace your Scottish family tree and discover your ancestors. Use the search form above to search all our records or go to our 'Record Sets' page to search a specific set. Not sure what historical records you can search on the Scottish Indexes website? Visit our coverage section for a detailed breakdown.

Looking for tips on how to break down those genealogy brick walls? Do you need a second pair of eyes to work out what an old document says or are you not sure what records to look at next? Join our Facebook group and you will find a large group of people ready and waiting to help.

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There are often extremes in family history. Either our ancestors seem to have lived and died leaving no trace or they have left behind a mountain of information.

It is often the rich who left behind great legacies of documentation, but the ‘Ag Labs’ seem to receive barely even a mention. Ironically it is when even the most ‘ordinary’ of ancestors fell upon hard times that we can discover the most and read the richest stories about their lives.

If we have an ancestor who went to court we can find a lot about them, the case and their lives. By far the best of these historical records are the records of the Scottish High Court, Scotland’s highest criminal court.

We have an index to Scottish High Court records from 1790 to 1917, which contains over 139,000 entries! Learn more about these amazing records in our latest tutorial, “Using Scottish High Court Records for Scottish Genealogy”:

Visit the Scottish Genealogy Learning Zone to sharpen your genealogy skills, learn about historical records and watch more free family history tutorials.

Database last updated on 7 January 2020 at 11:40 p.m. GMT

This update has added paternity cases from Elgin Sheriff Court Decrees for the years 1868-1919.

Remember that spellings in historical records can vary widely, so use wildcards to help you find your ancestors. See our help page for more information.

This box will search the occupation, residence, and birthplace whenever this information has been recorded in the original record. It does not search ages or years and does not bring back results from multiple fields (e.g. you can search for a village or county but not both at the same time). To search multiple fields use the Advanced Search or search by individual Record Set