Owing to the Coronavirus Outbreak, we have taken the decision to close the Research Centre until further notice.

If you have any inquiry you can still email us at researchcentre@dgfhs.org.uk. Updates will appear here.


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Secretary Opportunity

We are looking to appoint a new Secretary. If you are interested in taking on 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 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.