www.Ayrshireroots.com and www.Ayrshireroots.co.uk
Telephone 01292 521819.
Search the Records at http://www.ayrshirearchives.org.uk/archivesrecords.htm
Ayrshire Archives was formed as a result of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994 and Section 53, in particular, which states that Local Authorities are required to make 'proper arrangements for the preserving and management of records transferred to them or created by them; and have due regard for any comments made by the Keeper of the Records of Scotland.' In response to this legislation, the three local authorities in Ayrshire - East, North and South Ayrshire Councils - agreed to the joint funding of an Ayrshire-wide archives service. As a result, Ayrshire Archives was established on 1st October 1996.
North Ayrshire Heritage Centre
at the North Ayrshire Museum, Manse Street, Saltcoats
Please note that the Vennel Local and Family History Centre will close on Saturday 18th September and will reopen as the North Ayrshire Heritage Centre at the North Ayrshire Museum, Manse Street, Saltcoats on Monday 11th of October at 9.30am.
Opening hours Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 9.30am - 1pm, 2pm - 5pm. Closed on Wed. Sat. 10am - 1pm, 2pm - 5pm
Advance booking advised but not essential
Email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Mrs Jill McColl or M Cullen Librarians.
Covers North Ayrshire and consists of the following communities:- Ardrossan, Beith, Dalry, Dreghorn, Fairlie, Irvine, Kilbirnie, Kilwinning, Largs, Saltcoats, Skelmorlie, Stevenston, and West Kilbride. The Isle of Arran and the Isles of Cumbrae also come within North Ayrshire.
For a full list of resources available at the centre you can also visit:
http://www.rootsweb.com/~sctayr/northayr.html - note location details for the centre are wrong
(South Ayrshire - Local History Section)
12 Main Street, Ayr KA8
8ED Telephone 01292 286385 Fax
Scottish & Local History Library:- www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/libraries/branches/carnegie.htm
Library online catalogue:- www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/frames/libweb.htm
Local History Dept Opening hours Mon, Tues, Thu, Fri 09:00 to 19:30. Wed and Sat 09:00 to 1700. 3 Microfilm/Fiche reader printers, book in advance for 2 hour periods. Charges are made for copies.
South Ayrshire consists of the following communities:- Annbank, Ayr, Ballantrae, Barr, Barrhill, Colmonell, Coylton, Craigie, Crosshill, Dailly, Dundonald, Dunure, Girvan, Kirkmichael, Kirkoswald, Lendalfoot, Loans, Maidens, Maybole, Minishant, Monkton, Mossblown, Newton-on-Ayr, Prestwick, St Quivox, Straiton, Symington, Tarbolton, Troon and Turnberry.
Old Parish Registers for all the towns and villages of Ayrshire; IGI available on Microfiche (1992) for Scotland; Census returns for Ayrshire; 1856 Ord. Survey maps; Extensive collection of Maps covering Ayrshire from around 1600; Graveyard Inscriptions; Local Newspapers microfilm and original copies of local Ayr newspapers including the Ayrshire Post (1880 to date), the Ayr Advertiser (from 1803 to date) and the Ayr Observer (1832-1930) other newspapers from towns in south Ayrshire are also held; Valuation Rolls for Ayrshire 1899-1942 (excluding Burghs of Ayr, Irvine and Kilmarnock), Ayr Burgh from 1906-1974, Kyle and Carrick District from 1975-1996, South Ayrshire Council from 1996-; Voters Rolls from 1892 Burgh of Ayr, 1975-1996 Kyle and Carrick District Council, from 1996 to date South Ayrshire Council; Local books, directories and pamphlets, and a large collection of photographs covering the whole of Ayrshire.
A few lesser known reference items available - 'The Register of Neglected Entries' nearly always births, which were not registered at the time they occured, were registered when Statutory Registration was introduced in 1855. The births were registered in retrospect and were not always recorded in the parish of birth but in the parish where living in 1855.
'Quad Sacra Parish' The Church Parish.
Searches can also be carried out by Carnegie library staff. Charges will depend on which searches are carried out by staff, not on what is found or not found. The following tariffs applied at November 2000.
Search 1 :£11.75 inc VAT This basic search will include staff consulting the IGI, OPR, 1881 and 1891 Census Returns, and associated indexes on microfilm or microfiche.
Search 2 :£17.75 inc VAT Basic search, plus newspapers for obituaries, death notices, plus the calendar of inventories and confirmations. Dates must be provided.
Search 3 :£23.50 inc VAT As 1, plus a literature search, map locations plus copies and photographic archive search.
Payment for searches should be made in advance. Payment is for the search rather than any information that is found. All payments to be made in sterling or by credit/debit card.
Computer sessions 1Hr - £2, Internet 1Hr - £3, Concessions available to under 16s and Leisurecard holders.
History Centre & Museum (East Ayrshire)
3 Lugar Street, Cumnock, KA18 1AD Telephone 01290 421701 Fax 01290 421701
Opening Hours Mon., Tues., Thurs., and Fri., 10:00 to 1:00 & 1:30 to 4:30 Wed., Sat., & Sun., Closed
Email Baird.email@example.com Contacts Anne Geddes.
Facilities:- The Baird Institute has 4 microfilm/fiche readers available for public use. Should you require these facilities it is advisable to book them in advance
The principal communities within East Ayrshire are:- Auchinleck, Bellsbank, Catrine, Cronberry, Crookedholm, Crosshouse, Cumnock, Dalmellington, Dalrymple, Darvel, Drongan, Dunlop, Fenwick, Galston, Gatehead, Glenbuck, Greenholm, Hurlford, Kilmarnock, Kilmaurs, Knockentiber, Logan, Lugar, Mauchline, Moscow, Muirkirk, New Cumnock, Newmilns, Ochiltree, Patna, Priestland, Sorn, Stair, Stewarton and Waterside.
Elmbank Avenue, Kilmarnock, KA1 3BU Telephone 01563 526401 Fax 01563 529661
Opening Hours Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri., 9:00 to 8:00 Wed., 10:00 to 5:00 & Sat., 9:00 to 5:00 Sun closed No Booking Req.
Facilities:- The Dick Institute has 3 microfilm/fiche readers available for public use. There is no booking system. A reader printer is also available to print material from the local newspapers.
Census for whole of Ayrshire. Index for 1851 1861 1891 & 1901
Troon Library, South Beach, Troon KA10 6EF Tel: 01292 313809
Opening hours Mon. Tue. Thur. and Fri. 10:00 - 7:00. Wed. and Sat. 10:00 - 5:00
Kilmarnock FH Centre (LDS)
1 Whatriggs Road, Bellfield, Kilmarnock Telephone 01563 526560
Opening Hours Tues., 18.30 - 21.00. Wed., 13.30 - 16.30 and 6.30 - 9.00 Booking is essential.
The Family History Centres are the local branches of the Family History Library of the Church of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was founded in 1894 and is now the largest of its kind in the world holding in excess of 1.5 million rolls of microfilmed records, 200,000 microfiche and over 195,000 books. Your local centre will not HOLD everything but will have ACCESS to the many sources detailed in THE FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY CATALOGUE which you can order on loan for a a small charge.
Records available at Kilmarnock include the following:-
Ayrshire Death Certificates 1855-63, 1864-73, 1874-75, 1881 and 1891
Ayrshire Birth Certificates 1855-65, 1866-75, 1881 and 1891
Ayrshire Marriage Certificates 1855
Scottish Death Indexes 1855-1920
Scottish Birth Indexes 1855-75
Scottish Marriage Indexes a few
Ayrshire Census 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891
UK Census CD and fiche 1881
Census Street Index 1851, 1871, 1881, 1891
OPR films 1500-1855
OPR Scotland fiche Index
IGI Scotland, England, Wales, London, Channel Islands, and Ireland on fiche
Civil Registration of Neglected Entries for birth, marriage and death.
The Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow G3 7DN Telephone 0141 287 2999 or 2876
Fax: 0141 287 2815 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mitchell Library holds
approximately 1.3 million items which have been acquired since it opened in
In the main, only the 300,000 titles acquired since 1976, (1978 for material relating to Glasgow, 1987 for music) are included in their catalogue,
although they intend to have included all materials relating to Glasgow soon.
A public search room is located in the Jeffrey Room (North Street entrance)
Opening Hours Monday to Thursday 9 am till 8 pm, Friday 9 am till 5 pm and at other times by prior arrangement.
Official Records Held
22 Park Circus, Glasgow G3 6BE Telephone 0141 287 8364
Opening Hours Monday till Friday 09:30 till 04:00.
There are 12 research positions with 11 available for prebooking and 1 available on a first come first served basis although if any are not booked these are also made available. Computers are linked to the main Registry Office in Edinburgh with all formal civil and parish Records in Scotland searched. Microfiche data is only held for the Civil Registrations 1855 to date for the former Strathclyde Region area.
University of Glasgow Archives and Business Records Centre
13 Thurso Street, Glasgow, G11 6PE Telephone 0141 330 5515
Opening hours Mon. Tue. Wed and Fri 9:30 to 5:00. Thur 9:30 to 8:00 Booking essential
Please make an appointment before visiting. Written enquiries should be addressed to the Duty Archivist
Records Held include:-
Sources for Ayrshire Researchers
General Register Office for Scotland
New Register House, Edinburgh EH1 3YT Telephone 0131 334 0380 Fax 0131 314 4400
Opening Hours Mon to Fri. 09:00 till 16:30 (Fee payable)
You can search for Statutory Certificates (which are fully indexed) in person at both New Register House, Edinburgh, and the Glasgow Genealogy Centre at 22 Park Circus, Glasgow, or online at scotlandspeople. For reasons of confidentiality, births after 1905, marriages after 1930 and deaths after 1955 can only be viewed at either here or Park Circus in Glasgow (Glasgow Genealogy Centre see below).
ScotlandsPeople - The online source of civil registration, open census records, old parish registers and wills for Scotland.
The General Register Office for Scotland (GROS) administers the registration of events such as births, deaths, marriages, civil partnerships, divorces and adoptions, and is responsible for the statutes relating to the formalities of marriage and conduct of civil marriage. They take the census of Scotland's population every ten years and prepare and publish demographic and other statistics for central and local Government, for medical research, and for the private sector. They also make available to customers public records about individuals, and maintain for the Scottish Executive the National Health Service Central Register. GROS is headed by the Registrar General for Scotland, Duncan Macniven.
List of Main Records in the Care of the Registrar General
PO Box 36, H.M. Register House, Princes Street, Edinburgh EH1 3YY Telephone 0131 535 1314 Fax 0131 557 9569
Hold old records such as wills, deeds, valuation rolls, pre-1855 baptismal records of churches other than the Church of Scotland, and Land Records.
29b Albany Street, Edinburgh EH1 3YT
A non-profit making organisation which traces Scottish ancestry for clients on a Professional basis.
15 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2GL Tel: 0131 220 3677
David Wills has a great resource site
with information on the Films available from FH Centres Click Here
Family History Centres in Scotland
Note: These are not mailing addresses. Because of limited staff, Family History Centers cannot respond to mail inquiries.
For Other Countries search using this link:
The Family Records Centre
FRC, 1 Myddelton Street, London, EC1R 1UW, Telephone 020 8392 5300
Records held include: Microfiche index of British Citizens who were born, married and died in the ex-colonies between 1627 and 1968. Births and deaths at sea between July 1837 and 1965. Royal Naval returns of births, marriages and deaths from 1959. RAF records of births, marriages and deaths from 1920.
The following national archives and Libraries may be useful to family historians:
HHARP - http://hharp.org/ the home of 19th century children’s hospital records. NEW - the addition of a new database of admission records to the HHARP website: the Royal Glasgow Sick Children’s Hospital. Covering the period 1883 (when the hospital first opened) to 1903, the database offers insight into the health of the poor child in the Scottish city of Glasgow, complementing databases already available for three London hospitals: the Hospital for Sick Children at Great Ormond Street, the Evelina Hospital and the Alexandra Hospital for Children with Hip Disease. In HHARP family historians can find patients by name, medical historians can study childhood diseases and investigate pioneering medical staff, while demographers can analyse incidence of disease in Victorian and Edwardian London. It provides access to nearly 120,000 individual admission records between 1852 and 1914; and a collection of articles on the early history of the hospitals, pen-portraits of personalities who inhabited them and a gallery of images.
SCRAN The Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network (SCRAN). Scran is a learning resource base and toolset with 336,500 images, movies and sounds from museums, galleries, archives and the media. Their website has an easy to use search engine.
Museums around the UK on the Web There is a website which provides a comprehensive listing of museums around the UK Website
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Caledonian University Library
of Historical Research
The National Archives Family History Section.