In May 2020, we launched our New Online Shop where you can buy electronic versions of our Books. To access the Shop select SHOP ONLINE from the top menu. All our books are now available and new books will be added as they become available. Check out our Top 5 Books Sold.

Last week we created a new Category for our 1841 Census books and have started with the book for Durisdeer Parish. If there are any you require please email onlineshop@dgfhs.org.uk and we will try to include them for you. We have also uploaded Newsletters 1-27 and our latest issue 98.

There are some really interesting articles and family stories in our Newsletters, so if you haven’t considered checking out Newsletters issued before you joined, please do so. You can search the contents for places and names in our Newsletter Index.

Coronavirus Update and our Newsletter

IT IS HERE…. We have now released our November Newsletter. These are now on their way to you as paper copies or as PDFs depending on your subscription. However, owing to the uncertainty of Coronavirus, our Research Centre will remain closed, but you can email and send questions to researchcentre@dgfhs.org.uk.

Who We Are and What We Do

Dumfries & Galloway Family History Society covers the three counties of South West Scotland – Dumfriesshire, Kirkcudbrightshire and Wigtownshire. The Society was established in 1987. Our aim is to promote the study of family history and is run by volunteers. 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 910 members world-wide. Our Newsletters are published three times a year and offers 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.

If you are an Overseas visitor to our Centre in Dumfries with a small window for your visit, please contact us in good time about your preferred session and we will endeavour to make sure that the Centre is open for you. This you can do via researchcentre@dgfhs.org.uk.

Secretary Opportunity

We wish to appoint a new Secretary. If you are able to take on this worthwhile role, please contact secretary@dgfhs.org.uk.

Email Address Change

Please be aware that we are no longer using any btinternet.com email address. If you have one in your address book please replace it with researchcentre@dgfhs.org.uk or one of the more specific addresses shown on our Contact Us page.

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