ScotlandsPeople Network

Explore the essential building blocks for family history for the whole of Scotland, from the sixteenth century to the twenty-first.

What do I need to know before I start?

 The records are varied, and depending on your search you may need:

  • name of the person

  • when they were born, lived, married or died

  • where they were born, lived, married or died

  • religion

​What records can I find in the Mitchell: Registrars?

Update, 9 September 2021:

Due to the ongoing challenges of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the Genealogy Centre - run by Glasgow City Council's Registrars Services at the Mitchell Library (ScotlandsPeople Family History Centre) will remain closed and bookings will not be taken until further notice. For more information and updates, please see the Registrars website:​ ​

Accessing the ScotlandsPeople network through the Registrars allows you to explore the most comprehensive collection of Scottish vital records. This is the best option if you are just starting your family history research - or need to do lots of digging - and lets you really delve into records dating back almost 500 years. Using the network through the Registrars gives you access to images of more recent records that are not available offsite through the ScotlandsPeople website.

You can access the ScotlandsPeople network in the Registrars on payment of a daily fee. This includes access to digital images and a full index of the following records for all of Scotland:


Civil registration records

  • births, deaths and marriages, 1855 to present

  • divorces, 1984 to present

  • civil partnership indexes, 2005 to present

  • ‘minor’ records of births, deaths and marriages of Scots abroad which are recorded in foreign returns, service returns, war returns and marine registers


Old Parish Registers

  • births, baptisms, deaths and marriages, 1538 - 1854


Catholic Parish Registers

  • births and baptisms, 1703 – 1913

  • marriages, 1703 – 1938

  • deaths (including burials at St Peter’s, Dalbeth and Mount Vernon, Edinburgh), 1703 – 1963


Census returns, 1841 – 1911

Valuation rolls for all of Scotland, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1920

Wills and testaments, 1513 – 1925

Soldiers' wills, 1857 - 1966

Military Service Appeals Tribunal records, 1916 - 1918

For more information on each of the above record types please see the relevant related guides.

​What records can I see online?

Images of many of these records can be purchased on the ScotlandsPeople website, although please note that there are restrictions on more recent records. This website includes images of births up to 1913, marriages to 1938 and deaths to 1963. Charges apply.