WELCOME

Welcome to our new website. We have tried to re-organise the site to make it easier to navigate and hope to add further improvements in the future. Meantime, if you have any comments on the website or have any suggestions, please email webmaster@dgfhs.org.uk.


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.


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 880 members world-wide. Our Newsletters, published three times a year, offer 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.