Find your Ancestors
Researching your ancestors can be very rewarding but nothing compares to experiencing first hand the places they lived and worked. Retracing the footsteps of your ancestors can help bring the past alive, and Scotland’s array of rich genealogical resources are here to help.
Visit one of the family history centres, local registrars offices or historical buildings around the country, where you can access many fascinating records. Edinburgh’s ScotlandsPeople Centre, is a great resource for exploring your family history. This magnificent facility houses everything from birth, marriage and death records to coats of arms dating back almost 500 years.
Receive a friendly welcome from one of the local experts and ask them any questions you might have. Come and experience the history first hand.
Find out more about your clan association using our clan surname search on AncestralScotland.com - if you find a match with your surname, you’ll see an informative history about your clan, a map showing the original heartlands, as well as a swatch of the clan tartan.
Visit some of the places associated with your clan by using one of our themed itineraries; witness the sites where glorious battles were fought and visit beautiful historic castles. Prepare to be amazed as the places you have researched come to life as you journey throughout this beautiful country.
Start planning your ancestral journey to Scotland using our unique website