You can now buy all our 1841 Census books in our Online Shop, which means all of our 410 books are now available. One of our followers said it was cheaper to buy one of our books than to pay for images on ScotlandsPeople! Alternatively if you wish to pay by cheque you can download our April 2024 Publication List in the DOWNLOADS menu https://dgfhs.org.uk/downloads/

New books are listed at https://dgfhs.org.uk/publications/ and all books are available from our Online Shop or on our New April 2024 Publication List.

There are some really interesting articles and family stories in our Newsletters. You can search the contents for places and names in our Newsletter Index. Also check out our Top 5 Books Sold.

DONATIONS: If you wish to make a monetary donation to the Society you can do so at Make a Donation.

Questions and Zoom Talks

You can email questions to researchcentre@dgfhs.org.uk quoting your membership number. Details of Zoom Talks are on our Syllabus.

Who We Are and What We Do

Dumfries & Galloway Family History Society - Research Centre and Reference LibraryDumfries & 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 900 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 members 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. Please contact researchcentre@dgfhs.org.uk.

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