National Records of Scotland

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Research Guides

Research Guides

Browse our research guides A-Z or read about the range of records we hold in historical records: an overview.

Researching People

Find out what records are useful for researching people, for example for family history or biography.

Researching Places

Find information about researching places and how a knowledge of administrative geography can help you search effectively

An introductory video to the Research Guides and how they can help with your research can be found on the NRS YouTube channel.