National Records of Scotland

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ScotlandsPeople Centre

ScotlandsPeople Centre

The ScotlandsPeople Centre is the official government resource for family history research. We provide access to the Scottish birth, death, marriage and census records, Catholic parish registers, Coats of Arms, valuation rolls, wills and testaments and more.  We are located in central Edinburgh with search rooms in historic General Register House and New Register House.

New Register House and General Register House from Princes Street, Edinburgh

Opening Times

From 9:00 to 16:30 Monday to Friday except on some public holidays.

Before you visit

Before you visit we recommend you read about the ScotlandsPeople Centre search rooms and the following pages on our ScotlandsPeople website:

We provide the following services and resources to help your research:

Take a break from your research to visit our cafe in New Register House and the Archivists’ Garden.

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The ScotlandsPeople Centre is a partnership between the National Records of Scotland and the Court of the Lord Lyon.  It was opened by Her Majesty the Queen in July 2008 and is a four star visitor attraction.