We can now accept Mail orders for Physical Printed Books. Although our Research Centre remains closed we are now able to complete any orders for Printed Books. Please ensure you download the latest Publications List and Order Form from our Download Section at https://dgfhs.org.uk/downloads/. Our Online Shop is available for PDF versions of our own publications.

In November we have added Volume 100 of our Newsletter and a further 6 printed versions of third party books to our Online Shop, being From Durisdeer and Castleton to Strachur, Irongray Yesterday – a Parish History, Margaret Wilson the Martyr, Murder in Greyfriars, Semper Vigilans The Wilsons Robert Bruce and the House of Innes, and The Wilsons Their Origins and Past.

This year we have released books for Balmaghie Churchyard and New Cemetery, Wanlockhead Church Graveyard and New Cemetery. These publications are our first to include every gravestone without any date limitation. Also each book has a full forename and surname index. Also you can buy photos of the gravestone and please visit our Photographs page at https://dgfhs.org.uk/resources/photographs/.

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. Also check out our Top 5 Books Sold.

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 100 attendees. Details of future talks are on our Syllabus.

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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