National Records of Scotland keeps:

  • Scottish government records from the 12th century to the present day;
  • records created by courts of law, churches, businesses, landed estates and other corporate bodies;
  • registers of births, deaths, marriages and divorces, civil partnerships and adoptions;
  • Scottish census records.

On-site research

For information about the Historical and Legal Search Rooms go to the search room pages on the National Archives of Scotland (NAS) website.

For information on family history research at the ScotlandsPeople Centre go to the ScotlandsPeople Hub website.

Online research

On the ScotlandsPeople website you can carry out family history research.

The National Archives of Scotland website’s catalogues and index pages takes you to the National Archives of Scotland online catalogue and the National Register of Archives for Scotland online register.

On the ScotlandsPlaces website you can view digital copies of 17th-19th century tax rolls, Ordnance Survey name books and maps and plans.

NRS maintains the website of the Scottish Archive Network, giving information about the records held by 52 archives throughout Scotland.

Tuition in palaeography (reading older forms of handwriting) is provided online by the Scottish Handwriting website.

Teachers and pupils

Scottish Archives for Schools (SAfS) is our education website designed to support Curriculum for Excellence and National Qualifications in primary and secondary schools in Scotland. Visit SAfS for details of our online resources, workshops and web conferencing programme.