Scotland Family History Societies(R-Z)

This section lists Scottish associations from Renfrewshire to West Lothian providing details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

Renfrewshire Family History Society

The aim of the association is to promote and encourage the study of Genealogy, especially in Renfrewshire.

A number of publications are available for sale, which include Renfrewshire Burial and Death Index Pre 1855 and Memorial Inscriptions.


Scotland Heraldry Society

Established in 1977, the association promotes the study of heraldry.  Anyone with an interest in the study and practice of heraldry is welcome to join the society.

Some articles are available on the site, which include An Heraldic Hierarchy, Flying Heraldry, Scottish Heraldic Bibliography, Ancient Scottish Patents and Matriculations, West Highland Heraldry, Some Distinctive Characteristics of Scots Arms, Royal Arms, Scottish Civic Heraldry and Monumental Heraldry

A number of publications are available, which incorporate:

  • Dublin Armorial
  • The Dunvegan Armorial
  • Emblems of Scotland
  • The Lion Rejoicing
  • Lord Crawford's Armorial

Scottish Genealogy Society

A number of Databases and Indexes are on the site, which include 18th Century Taxation Records, Genealogist Indexes and Pedigree Charts. 

They also have a Genealogical Index, which is an Index of over 2500 files that have been donated to the association over 50 years.  For a fee, they are prepared to send you a copy of a genealogy.

They have a Library where many archives are available, which incorporate:

  • 4000 Books and CD's
  • Census Returns
  • Directories
  • Genealogies
  • Local Histories
  • Memorial Inscriptions
  • Military Books
  • Old Parish Registers
  • Profession and Trade Lists
  • School and University Rolls

A number of publications are available, which comprise:

  • Broughton Place Associate Congregation: Names of Members 1785 and Baptisms 1836-1839
  • Broughton Place United Presbyterian Church Band of Hope 1886-1908
  • East Lothian Burial and Mortcloth Records from 1663 and Death Records 1855-1860
  • Gaelic Church: Communion Rolls 1836-1852 and Baptisms 1852-1855
  • Kiltarlity Free Church Births and Baptisms 1843-1854 and Marriages 1844-1854
  • Kirkhill Free Church Births and Baptisms 1843-1854
  • Memorial Inscriptions
  • Nairn Congregational Church Baptisms 1847-1872
  • Newbattle Testimonials 1657-1671
  • Sutherland - Creich Free Church Births and Baptisms 1843-1897 and Marriages 1843-1896

Some Antiquarian and Second-hand Books are also available for sale.  For a full list, please visit their site.


Shetland Family History Society

A map showing the location of parishes in Shetland is on the site.  These include:

  • Aithsting
  • Burra
  • Cunningsburgh
  • Delting
  • Dunrossness
  • Lerwick
  • Lunnasting
  • Mid & South Yell
  • Nesting
  • Quarff
  • Sandsting
  • Sandwick
  • Tingwall
  • Whitness and Weisdale

Many publications are available, which incorporate: 

  • Back Issues of their Journal
  • Census Returns
  • Dedication Booklets
  • Memorial Inscriptions
  • Shetland Pre-1855 Parish Sources for Genealogists
  • Shetland Surnames

Tay Valley Family History Society

The association has a Research Centre where many archives are available, which include Genealogical Reference Books, Local and National Census Returns and Old Parish Registers relating to the Local Area. 

Many volumes are available, which incorporate:

  • Burgess Rolls
  • Burials
  • Censuses
  • Church Registers
  • Court Records
  • Deeds
  • Examination Rolls
  • Hearth Tax Records
  • Jacobites Records
  • Maps
  • Memorial Inscriptions
  • Military Books
  • Photographs
  • School and University Registers
  • Scots Overseas
  • Wills

A full list of volumes available for sale is on their site.


Troon and Ayrshire Family History Society

The association has a Library where a number of archives are available.

Many publications are available for sale, which comprise:

  • Ayrshire War Memorials
  • Ayrshire Burials
  • Ayrshire News 1788-1799, 1800-1810, 1811-1820 and 1821-1830: Extracts from the Papers of Walter C Clearie
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Censuses
  • Deaths and Burials
  • The Hammerman of Irvine
  • Memorial Inscriptions

West Lothian Family History Society

A list of Towns and Villages in West Lothian is on the site, along with a list of Parishes and War Memorials/Rolls of Honour.

A number of publications are available for sale, which comprise:

  • 1851 Census Indexes
  • Brewers and Breweries of Linlithgowshire
  • Burials
  • Cholera in West Lothian
  • Inventory of Graveyards
  • Minute by Minute - The Royal Burgh of Linlithgow (Extracts from Town Council Minute Books 1739-1848)
  • Old Linlithgow
  • Winchburgh Railway Disaster 1862
  • The Winchburgh Murders