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It will help us to answer your question if we know how much information you need and how you intend to use it (e.g. "checking details for a book I'm writing", "completing a school project due in 3 weeks", "gathering information for my family tree").
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Correspondence Policy
Enquiries will be dealt with as soon as possible. We will respond within 10 working days.

This service does not include:

  • Compilation of extensive bibliographies
  • Answers for quizzes (try your local library)
  • Extensive family history research

We cannot undertake extensive genealogical research on behalf of enquirers as we are not the main depository for Scottish vital records (birth, death, etc.). However, we can provide brief information from sources within our collections, and may be able to point you in the right direction to continue your research. For further guidance, please see our Family History page.


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