Contact Information

The Secretary
Family History Centre
9 Glasgow Street

01387 248093


Memorial Inscription Booklets previously advertised as "In the the Pipeline" are now available.
Please refer to the Publications Page for details.

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All About Us - Who we are and what we do.

Summer Opening Times are Tuesday 10.00am - 4.00pm, Wednesday 12.30pm - 3.30pm, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10.00am - 1.00pm, closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Dumfries & Galloway Family History Society covers the three counties of South West Scotland - Dumfriesshire, The Stewartry of Kirkcudbright and Wigtownshire. We are a self-help group, established in 1987, run by volunteers, whose aim is to promote the study of family history. We do not contract to do research for others: we simply act as facilitators for researchers visiting our area who are doing their own research.

Currently we have around sixteen hundred members world-wide. Our Newsletters, published three times a year, offer members the chance to publish interests and queries, allowing other members to offer assistance. We have a well resourced Research Centre in Dumfries with a library, microfilm and microfiche of Old Parochial Registers, Census data, newspaper indexes and much more.

Most of our resources, but not all, are pre-1855 when statutory registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages was introduced in Scotland. The Research Centre is staffed by experienced volunteers who are usually able to offer advice on where to look next. We have free parking to the rear of the building and in the surrounding streets. We are just across the River Nith from Whitesands bus terminal and a fifteen minute walk from Dumfries railway station.

Research Centre Opening Times

Summer from April to October:
Tuesday 10.00 am -- 4.00 pm
Wednesday 12.30 pm -- 3.30 pm
Thursday,  Friday and Saturday 10.00 am -- 1.00 pm

Winter from November to March:
Tues, Thurs, Friday and Saturday 10.00 am -- 1.00 pm
Wednesday 12.30 pm -- 3.30 pm
CLOSED Sundays and Mondays and around Xmas

The above openings are dependent on the availability of volunteers.
Occasionally, especially at peak holiday times, we may have to close.
Visitors coming a distance should phone the previous day to check.

We are finding it increasingly difficult during holiday periods to fully staff the Research Centre.
Unless we can recruit more duty volunteers for the Centre from among our local membership we will have no option but reduce our opening hours.