Scottish Indexes Conference

Scottish Indexes Conference XXV - Saturday 7 September 2024

Interested in tracing your Scottish genealogy? The Scottish Indexes Conference is an opportunity to learn new research skills, discover diverse records and see how others have put these into practice. If you want to trace your Scottish family tree, this is the event for you.

Don’t live in the UK? No problem. We are live from 7 am to 11 pm UK time. We do this to make our conferences time-zone friendly. Each presentation is shown twice, once between 7 am and 3 pm UK time, then again between 3 pm and 11 pm. You can come and go throughout the day. A schedule will be posted on our website a week or so before the conference.


This conference is run through the kindness of your donations. We are delighted to be able to continue hosting these for the Scottish genealogy community.

If you are in a position to donate at this time, we greatly appreciate your support. We know that these are challenging financial times for many so we are keeping the conferences free with no recommended donation. We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated to keep these conferences going.

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Registration Instructions

Zoom: It is free to register for this event on Zoom. Click here, fill out the registration form and you should receive an email confirmation within a few minutes. You will also receive reminders in the week before the conference.

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.


Coming up at the September 2024 Conference:

'Searching for ancestors in The Royal Mail Archive' by Susannah Coster, archivist at The Postal Museum in London

‘Parochial Matters: parishes, districts and counties’ by Robert Urquhart of

‘An introduction to the Forfeited Estates papers in the National Records of Scotland’ by Tessa Spencer, Head of Outreach and Learning at the National Records of Scotland

‘Scottish Burghs and Trade Incorporations’ by Chris Paton, genealogist and author of TheGENESBlog

‘Criminal Ancestors: piecing together their story from a variety of sources’ by Emma Maxwell, genealogist at Scottish Indexes

Scottish Genealogy Q&A hosted by Graham and Emma Maxwell

We’ll have more presentations to tell you about soon and we will introduce each of the speakers to you.

Schedules & Handouts

About a week before the conference we will post schedules in a variety of timezones. Following the conference, any handouts provided by the speakers will be available here. If you are looking for handouts from previous conferences please see our Past Conferences page.

A day or so after each conference we post a general conference handout. This will include information about each presenter along with links shared in the chat during the day. This is usually available by the Monday after each conference.

Past Conferences

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 have missed so far and catch up with some of the presentations.