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Scottish Indexes Conference IX - 20 March 2021 (update 22 March 2021)

We hope you enjoyed the 9th Scottish Indexes Conference. You can download the conference handout here.

If you missed ‘Kirk Session Records on ScotlandsPeople’ by Tessa Spencer, Head of Outreach and Learning at the National Records of Scotland, you can watch it on our past conferences page.

Audrey Collins, Family History Specialist at The National Archives, has kindly prepared a handout for us which you can access here as a PDF file.

Don’t forget to book now for our next conference on 22 May 2021. Click here to register on Zoom.


The conference is completely free and we don’t even have a recommended donation. If you want to learn about Scottish genealogy we want you to attend. Obviously, there are expenses involved in hosting such a large virtual event and it does take a bit of time. 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 -

Registration Instructions

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 TV which makes viewing more comfortable. Click here to join the Scottish Indexes Facebook Group.

Zoom: Many of us are now more familiar with Zoom than we were last April 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.

Past Conferences

Our forthcoming conference on 22 May 2021 will be our 10th 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.

Scottish Indexes Conference

The Scottish Association of Family History Societies Conference #SAFHS2021

Each year the Scottish Association of Family History Societies Conference holds a conference. Sadly last year’s conference was cancelled due to the COVID pandemic. Graham and Emma (the genealogists who run the Scottish Indexes website) volunteered to help them get the conference online this year. Emma is also presenting, ‘Understanding Kirk Session Records’ at the conference.

Registration is free, click here to register on Zoom.

Scottish Genealogy Indexes

For nearly 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 Volunteer’s Weekend 9/10 January 2020

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 18 February 2021)

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we can still fulfil many orders from our online Scottish genealogy indexes, but not all. If you order a record that we can’t supply right now, we offer a full refund, so feel free to place your order. Alternatively, contact us to make sure your order will not be affected right now.

As a result of the pandemic, archives across Scotland have been closed. Please contact us to discuss which research projects we can complete right now and which will have to wait.

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Database last updated on 15 February 2021 at 11:45 p.m. GMT

This update has added paternity cases from Glasgow Sheriff Court for 1908-1913.


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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