Thousands of researchers use the National Records of Scotland (NRS) each year to carry out research into individual people. Whether you are writing your family history, curious about the lives of famous Scots, or carrying out academic research into groups of people from a certain place or with similar characteristics, the following research guides should help.
Guides on key records on life events and residency
National Registration (1915 and 1939)
Guides to records on property ownership and inheritance
Guide to records on time spent in care
For information about famous Scots, famous residents of Scotland and famous people with Scottish connections, who feature in our records, visit the Hall of Fame.