National Records of Scotland

Preserving the past, Recording the present, Informing the future

Researching Places

Researching Places

If you are carrying out historical, geographical, legal, archaeological or architectural  research, the following guides to our records should help you.

Research Guides


Burgh Records

Census Records

Estate Records

Inheriting Land and Buildings


Maps and Plans


Taxation Records

Valuation Rolls


The National Records of Scotland is a partner in the ScotlandsPlaces project, which makes a wide range of local history sources available online.