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.

*** NEW BOOK *** We have added a new book of a one-name study of The Garmorys. It is on the Miscellaneous tab and researches the name throughout Kirkcudbrightshire and then further afield in Scotland, the UK and the World.

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, Questions and Zoom Talks

Owing to the uncertainty of Coronavirus, our Research Centre will remain closed, but you can email questions to researchcentre@dgfhs.org.uk.

Our Zoom Talks are held monthly with up to 65 attendees. Details of future talks are on our Syllabus.

Secretary for the Society

If you live in Dumfries and Galloway and are able to assist us with this worthwhile role, please contact secretary@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 940 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. Please contact researchcentre@dgfhs.org.uk.

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