National Records of Scotland

Preserving the past, Recording the present, Informing the future



The shop is currently closed due to refurbishment works in the Adam Dome. It is still possible to purchase some products in the ScotlandsPeople search rooms though the selection is very limited. There are still copies of ‘Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors: the Official Guide’ (see below for more details), as well as ‘The Family Record’ for recording the results of your family history research and ‘Scottish Handwriting 1500-1700: a self-help pack’ to help you decipher the handwriting on some of the historic records.

Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors: the Official Guide

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Revised sixth edition, published December 2012

Author: Tristram Clarke
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-78027-022-7
Pages: 256
Cost: GBP 12.99


This official guide to the records in ScotlandsPeople and the National Records of Scotland is indispensable for family historians, historians and biographers, whether visiting in person or researching online. This revised reprint of the sixth edition is packed with up-to-date information about how to trace Scottish genealogy in the unique treasure trove of Scotland's national archives. New features include searching the 1911 census, pre-1841 censuses, valuation rolls and Roman Catholic records, and how to find prison staff and witches. 

Tracing Scottish Local History (not currently available)

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Author: Cecil J Sinclair
Publisher: HMSO, 1996
ISBN: 0 11 495231 0
Pages: 176
Cost: GBP 7.95


An authoritative survey of the vast range of material in the national archive collections - dealing with houses, streets, estates and farms, administrative divisions of Scotland as well as schools, businesses and recreational activities.

Scottish Handwriting 1500-1700: a self-help pack

Author: Alison Rosie
Publisher: Scottish Records Association and the National Records of Scotland
ISBN: 1 870874 04 8
Pages: 28 plus 13 facsimiles
Cost: GBP 8.00


A step-by-step guide to reading the handwriting of old Scottish documents using facsimiles of documents mainly from the national archive collections.

‘...a valuable asset to those with an interest in researching Scottish History at source.’ - Family Tree Magazine