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.

This week we have added another 24 of our older Newsletters. It has taken so long because I keep stopping to read them. There are some really interesting articles and family stories 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

We regret that owing to the uncertainty of Coronavirus and the ability of our Editorial Team to meet safely we have had to take the decision that we will be unable to produce our July Newsletter. We shall update you when we are in a position to do so but meantime you could help us prepare for the next issue by submitting articles for consideration. This is our Members’ Newsletter and you must have lots of stories that would be of interest to others. Please submit articles to editor@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 810 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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