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Scottish Genealogy Research

Whether you are just starting out on your family history journey or you have been researching for years there are always new records to discover on Scottish Indexes.

We have indexed a variety of historical Scottish documents, from court and prison records to property and health records. A favourite collection for many researchers is our Scottish Paternity Index!

You can dive straight in using the search form above, which will do a global search of all of our records, or go to "Record Sets" to search specific collections. Not sure what you are searching? Go to our coverage page for a detailed breakdown of our indexes.

Featured Documents

This month’s featured documents are Scottish Asylum patient records. These fascinating records can help us understand the lives of our ancestors and you can search our index for free.

The ‘General Register of Lunatics in Asylums’ begins in 1858. Corresponding to the basic register is the ‘Notices of Admissions by the Superintendent of the Mental Institutions’. These forms, which were kept from 1 January 1858 onwards, can be a real insight into the reason your ancestor was admitted to a Scottish Asylum.

Our historical Scottish Asylum Patient records are free to search, as are all of our historical records.

Learn more about tracing your Scottish ancestors using Mental Health records in our Learning Zone and feel free to get in touch if you have a question for our expert genealogists.

Database last updated on 23 April 2019 at 6:25 p.m. BST

This update has added paternity cases from Airdrie Sheriff Court Processes 1850-1855; Banff Sheriff Court Decrees 1895-1919 and Processes 1860-1917; Campbeltown Sheriff Court Decrees 1830-1919 and Processes 1830-1913; Tain Sheriff Court Processes 1844-1846; and Wick Sheriff Court Decrees 1830-1858.

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.

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