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Welcome to ScotlandsPeople

The official Scottish genealogy resource

Welcome to ScotlandsPeople, one of the largest online sources of original genealogical information. If you are researching UK genealogy, your Scottish ancestry or building your Scottish family tree, we have more than 100 million records to look through.

From Scottish census records, Scottish wills, birth certificates and death certificates, we have a comprehensive choice of Scottish records to bring your Scotland ancestry to life. Build the complete picture of your Scottish ancestry with ScotlandsPeople.

We hope your visit will be enjoyable and that you are successful in connecting generations.

Features & latest news

Famous scots

The April 2016 Newsletter

The ScotlandsPeople April newsletter is now available. Features include the Zeppelin air raid on Edinburgh and Leith in April 1916, and family history events.
Visiting the ScotlandsPeople centre

The ScotlandsPeople Centre is closed on Monday 2nd May 2016

Please note that the ScotlandsPeople Centre and the Historical and Legal search rooms will be closed for the Bank Holiday on Monday 2nd May 2016.

New improved ScotlandsPeople website

Upcoming Events at the National Records of Scotland

Find out more about upcoming family history events at the National Records of Scotland.

visit scotland

Visiting Scotland - A quick guide

Don't just learn about your Scottish heritage, live it!

The last remaining households on St Kilda



Find out more about the 16 remaining householders of St Kilda uncovered in Valuation Rolls 1930.

Release of Military Service Appeals Tribunal Records



Read our fascinating case studies of men who appealed their military service.

Release of Deaths of Seamen Records



A complete record of the deaths of Scottish seafarers from late Victorian times until 1974 are now available to search. Read more

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