Research Centre Resources

Census

1841 – all 3 counties in booklet form – individual parishes, all in surname order, not as enumerated. This census is available in fiche form at main libraries across the region
1851 – all Dumfriesshire parishes in individual hard copies, indexed and as enumerated plus a Dumfriesshire index.
1851 census is available in fiche form at main libraries across the region and free online. Surname indexes are also available in hard copy at the Ewart Library, Dumfries.
1861 – all Dumfries and Galloway parishes, on film, some Dumfriesshire parishes are indexed (see parish boxes).
1871 – all Dumfries and Galloway parishes, on film, none indexed
1881 – all Scotland, England, Wales on computer
1891 – all Dumfries and Galloway parishes, on film, index on fiche
1901 – all Dumfries and Galloway parishes, on film, index (for all Scotland) on computer

Fiche

1891 census shipping records
Ardrossan Poor applications 1851-1900
Ayrshire Place names 1775-2000
Burials in Northumberland 1813-1837
Glasgow University Graduates 1727-1897
New Zealand assisted passenger list
New Zealand Scots Obituaries
Northern Forebears – owners of Land in Scotland 1873-1874

Internet Access to ScotlandsPeople

Library

Our library has a good selection of books on local and family history and maps old and modern. Contents of library are listed on the computer and on card system listed by author’s name and subject.

Memorial Inscriptions

Most graveyards in Dumfries and Galloway have been surveyed and can be seen in hard copy in our library – exceptions are a few in Wigtownshire, currently being recorded.
Some Nithsdale ones on fiche, indexed – Caerlaverock, Dumfries (some), Durisdeer, Glencairn, Greenhead, Keir, Keir Old, Kirkbean, Kirkmahoe, Kirkmichael, Morton, New Abbey, Sanquhar, Southwick, Terregles, Troqueer, Tynron.
For those that are for sale see publications list and shop shelves.
Memorial Inscriptions database on computer
Some Memorial Inscriptions from elsewhere, mainly Ayrshire, are in library – see library cards

Newsletters

There is a complete set of our own newsletters in binders on top shelf of the library. Back numbers can be purchased, if still available.
Current newsletters from other Scottish FHS and some English and overseas FHS are stored in library.

Newspapers

Dumfries Standard and other Dumfries papers from 1777-1930 on fiche
Wigtown Free Press from 1843-1925 on fiche.
Indexes to newspapers in hard copy in library

Old Parish Registers

All Dumfries and Galloway parishes on film.
British Isles Vital Records Index CD set containing birth, christening and marriage records not usually found on IGI.
IGI 1982 version on fiche – all Scottish counties plus Ireland, Isle of Man, Cumberland, Lancashire, Northumberland, Cumbria N.B. IGI is online at www.familysearch.org
Indexes to births/baptisms & marriages on fiche for Dumfries and Galloway and Ayrshire parishes
Indexes to deaths/burials – see publications list for parishes, currently only Dumfriesshire.

Parish Boxes

In the library all parishes have a box containing small items (newspaper articles, photos, small booklets etc) concerning that parish.