Coronavirus – ScotlandsPeople Services
In line with advice from the UK and Scottish Government and to delay the spread of Coronavirus we have decided to close our Historical, Legal and ScotlandsPeople search rooms in Edinburgh and to halt the production of all types of certificates and official extracts until further notice. We will continue to respond to online enquiries but we may not be able to give as full or as complete answers as usual. Further information is available on our Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page..
Only selected email addresses are displayed on this site. Please send any enquiries related to historical and legal documents held in our archives (which are not available on our ScotlandsPeople website) to email@example.com and all other enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that replies will be sent from email@example.com so please check your Junk/Spam folder to make sure you see any responses.
Please be aware that these email addresses should not be used to send us confidential information. Emails that you send us, and those that we may send to you, are not secure because email messages can be intercepted.
0131 334 0380 (General Register House, New Register House, Ladywell House and Cairnsmore House switchboard)
0131 314 4411 (Extract Ordering Service: for birth, death and marriage certificates)
0131 314 4300 from 9:00 to 12:00 Monday to Friday (ScotlandsPeople Centre: for general enquiries, group evening visits, family history events and seminar facility bookings. To book a search room seat you need to book online)
The switchboards are open:
- 09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Thursday, and
- 09:00 to 16:30 on Friday.
The international code for the UK is 44, then drop the first 0 e.g. +44 131 334 0380.
Write to Us
HM General Register House
2 Princes Street
We are closed on certain public holidays, which until the end of January 2021 are as follows:
|Friday||10 April 2020|
|Monday||13 April 2020|
|Friday||8 May 2020|
|Monday||21 September 2020|
|Friday||25 December 2020|
|Monday||28 December 2020|
|Friday||1 January 2021|
|Monday||4 January 2021|
If you have a media enquiry about Scotland's Census 2021, please contact the Census Communications Team on 0131 314 4414. For out of hours Scottish Government duty communications officer.